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Summer Office Cleaning Challenges and Solutions

Summer’s here! School’s out but sadly, in grown-up world work continues. Summer can present unique challenges for office cleaning and maintenance. Here are some common summer office cleaning challenges and solutions:

 

Increased Foot Traffic and Dirt

With warmer weather there’s often more foot traffic in and out of the office, bringing in dirt, dust, and debris. Place walk-off mats at entrances to trap dirt, and schedule more frequent vacuuming and floor cleaning.

 

A second idea might sound strange to American readers, but it is an option to do what other cultures (including Canada) do all over the world: leave your outside shoes at the door. Have you ever stopped to think that the shoes you wear in public bathrooms are the same shoes you’re wearing in your office, and on your floors at home? Food for thought. Having a second pair of shoes at work, or a pair of slippers at home, actually isn’t that crazy.

 

Stale Indoor Air

Poor ventilation can lead to stale, stuffy indoor air during the summer months. Yes, you can ensure HVAC systems are properly maintained, and yes, you can use air purifiers, but you know what? It’s summer time. Open the windows. Sometimes the cheapest, easiest solution is best. The only downside to an open window is pollens and allergies, so…

 

Pollen and Allergens

If you or your employees have high sensitivity to pollens use high-efficiency air filters in your hvac system, vacuum frequently with HEPA filters, and consider professional duct cleaning services.

 

You can also purchase standalone air purifiers in a range of sizes and prices. The larger devices can keep air clean in rooms as large as 2000 sq ft., and range from $100 to $1000. Smaller bedroom-style air purifiers can be purchased for individual offices and are usually well under a hundred bucks. 

 

Spills and Stains

Summer treats like popsicles, ice cream, and beverages can lead to more spills and stains on carpets and furniture. Treat those stains promptly with appropriate cleaning solutions and consider scheduling periodic deep cleaning services to get the stains you see, and the ones you don’t.

 

Employee Vacations

With more employees taking summer vacations, it can be challenging to maintain consistent cleaning schedules. You can offset this by cross-training staff, hiring temporary workers, or adjusting the cleaning schedules to accommodate staffing changes.

 

Increased Humidity

High humidity levels can lead to mold and mildew growth, as well as unpleasant odors. Use dehumidifiers, ensure proper ventilation (again, open those windows folks), and address any moisture issues promptly.

 

By being proactive and implementing these strategies, you can overcome summer office cleaning challenges and maintain a clean, healthy, comfortable work environment. Now stop worrying about summer hygiene and let’s hit that barbecue.