You don’t need us to tell you: baby, it’s cold outside. The low was a teeth-chattering nine degrees a few nights ago. And remember the Polar Vortex last year? Are you shivering just thinking about it?
The cold isn’t just hard on your emotional wellbeing – it’s hard on your corporate building and commercial offices, too. And without taking the appropriate cleaning measures, your winter-ravaged office could give the wrong impression about your business. (For office winterizing tips, check out the post, “10 Money-Saving Tips to Prepare for Ohio’s Cold Months.”)
But what is it about winter that seems to attract messes? And what can you do to make sure your Columbus-based business always presents its best self, despite the bitter cold outside? Let’s take a look at three reasons why your office cleaning needs are most pressing in winter.
1. Sludgy Winter Boots Create Unsightly Messes
If you’ve survived winters in Columbus this long, you know a thing or two about how snow creates puddles and messes wherever boots go. Those wet spots are not only unsightly in a commercial setting – they can also be downright dangerous if a visitor slips and falls.
Your Columbus office’s entrance mats can be a lifesaver for those entering and exiting your building during the winter months. They ensure visitors have traction, even when everything else is slick with melted snow and trudged-in sludge. It’s not a small job – the deceptively simple mat system can prevent slip-and-fall injuries, which account for approximately 8.9 million trips to the ER each year in the United States, according to the National Safety Council.
But even entrance mats can take a beating during the winter. Though they are designed to trap dirt and excess water, your mats still need to be maintained so they can continue to do their job properly. It can be a pain to clean them yourself, which is why it’s not a bad idea to let the professionals help out. For more on that, read, “4 Ways Commercial Cleaning Can Save You Money.”
2. Visitors Expect an Inviting Atmosphere – Especially Around the Holidays
No matter if you own a retail store or a B2B company, the way your commercial space looks impacts your bottom line. And there’s just something about the holidays that makes customers and clients expect a little more. Maybe it’s all the twinkling lights in the Short North. Maybe it’s the fresh snowfall that feels like its own kind of décor. But the main takeaway is this: the holidays are all about presentation, and if you’re not capitalizing on that, you’re missing opportunities to connect with your market base.
So in addition to a little holiday flair, it’s important to keep your commercial space clean and inviting, especially when all the winter muck can leave your building’s tile floors dingy and the carpets full of shoeprints. Plus, a professional cleaning rids your carpet of dust, dirt, and other allergens, which improves air quality.
3. Rock Salt Causes Carpet Discoloration
If you have carpet in your Columbus office building, regular professional vacuuming is a must. All that rock salt and calcium chloride found in popular ice removal products can stain and discolor carpet. And that’s not how you want your company to be remembered.
Luckily, our Dirt Specialists are trained in green cleaning techniques that keep your floors clean and presentable for whoever walks through your door.
Have an Office in Columbus? We’ll Make it Shine like the Top of the Chrysler Building
The holidays are hectic enough without the added worry of vigilant cleaning. So let us help you out. Just shoot us an email, and we’ll make a plan to keep your Columbus office tidy this winter.