They say image is everything; and this is especially true for retail spaces. Many store owners neglect cleaning their store in place of making sales, but even if you have the best products and services on the market, if your store isn’t clean, customers will stay away. Retail cleaning services are the easiest way to maintain your store’s appearance.
It’s important to make a strong first impression: this includes having clean, streak-free windows, dusted shelves, and clean displays. Having a clean floor or carpet is important as well; especially during the winter, when your customers and employees will be bringing in snow, slush, and salt, which can take a toll on your floors and carpets. While you should hire professional retail cleaning services, there are also steps your employees can take each day, such as disposing of trash on a daily basis.
While you may have great staff who take pride in the appearance of their store, a commercial cleaning service will give your retail space a thorough, professional cleaning that will catch everything your employees may miss because they are in a hurry to head home at the end of the day or because they simply have other tasks they need to focus on.
When is the Best Time to Clean?
The professionals recommend that you hire retail janitorial services that will work after closing hours so there’s minimal disruption to your business and you won’t have to pay your employees overtime. Of course, to maximize your store’s cleanliness, your employees should adopt a “clean-as-you-go” approach as well, handling minor cleaning jobs, such as sweeping, and making sure that the customer washrooms are clean throughout the day.
Work Out a Daily Cleaning Routine
For the times between cleanings, work out a daily cleaning routine for your employees, such as a set time when the storage area and/or fitting rooms are tidied. Also make sure the entrance to your store is cleaned on a daily basis and keep a vacuum on the premises. Review your cleaning procedures regularly in order to strike a balance between the tasks you and your employees handle and what you hire retail cleaning services for.
It is also strongly recommended that you have any offices and break areas in your retail space cleaned as well. Food waste can attract pests such as rodents and insects; if one of your customers spots a pest, it can destroy your store’s reputation. So, as well as having a service clean this area thoroughly, you need to make sure employees follow certain basic guidelines when it comes to food and food waste; for example, anything food-related should be kept in the kitchen, if you have one, not in other areas of the store. Spills should be wiped up immediately, regardless of whether you have a janitorial service coming in.
Having Good Air Quality is Important
A combination of professional commercial cleaning services and your employees performing daily tidying will maintain the air quality in your store; after all, no one wants to smell any unpleasant odours. It’s also recommended that you have your HVAC system cleaned on a regular basis to prevent any unpleasant smells from developing and keeping the air that you, your employees, and your customers have to breathe clean.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
When it comes to day-to-day maintenance, you want to be sure that you’re using cleaning products that won’t have an adverse effect on your customers or employees; green cleaning products are often a good choice. You should also be aware of whether anyone on your staff has particular allergies; the last thing you need is for a cleaning product to impact someone’s health and productivity. Depending on the type of retail space you have, you also want to use products that are suited to it; for example, if you run a business frequented by pets, there are special products for spot-cleaning that remove odours from either carpet or hard surfaces without damaging the flooring. Using cleaning materials is also a vital part of training for new employees. Again, even if you have a professional service cleaning afterhours as recommended, employees have to stay on top of things during regular hours.
When the time comes to hire an organization for professional retail cleaning services, look no further than Clean-Slate Janitorial Services. We are the top provider of retail janitorial services in Toronto and the surrounding areas, including Vaughan and York Region. We use eco-friendly cleaning materials and the best professional equipment for our commercial cleaning services.
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