Daily vacuuming is one thing, but how do you keep your building in tip-top shape over time? By getting periodic, professional deep cleaning services. They are vital to maintaining safe, sanitary conditions, as well as preserving indoor air quality and a building’s overall appearance.
We know that budget is a primary consideration when scheduling routine maintenance, including deep cleaning, but neglecting this maintenance could cost you serious money in the long run. If you’re tempted to skip a cleaning to save a little dough, weigh the consequences first. Taking certain areas out of rotation may hurt the company’s bottom line. “Anything that’s mismanaged as far as cleaning in a commercial space goes is going to result in some type of backlash,” says John Torres, Vice President of Operations for Prestige Maintenance USA. “You’ll end up with more capital expenditure, buying new carpets and replacing grout.” In other words, you’ll end up burning money on replacing something versus maintaining it.
Dirt that settles into the carpet, for example, can damage fibers to the point of no return. To avoid replacing carpet altogether, schedule deep cleaning based on foot traffic through each area. High traffic areas should be deep cleaned each month; low- to medium-traffic zones may only need yearly or quarterly service, respectively. Carpet detailing involves a hot water extraction method that removes caked-on grime and debris, leaving your carpets looking fresh and improving air quality.
Carpet isn’t the only flooring that requires extra attention though. Deep cleaning tile and stone floors gets into the nooks and crannies where germs can accumulate. Dirt and bacteria tend to build up in the grout between ceramic tiles, and removing it is a job for a cylindrical brush machine, not a simple mop. The particular service needed varies depending on the flooring type: For natural stone floors (marble, granite and terrazzo), for example, Prestige Maintenance USA may use diamond floor pads to gently remove scratches without the use of chemicals.
Don’t forget the restrooms! Presentable restrooms are one of the biggest determining factors of your building’s aesthetic, not to mention the possible health hazards that unsanitary facilities can cause. In addition to the floor care described above, deep cleaning of restrooms also involves sanitizing toilets, urinals and frequent touch-points such as the sink and toilet handles, soap dispensers and door locks. Light fixtures, vents and all surfaces should be free of any build-up, smudges or residue. Steam cleaning is often utilized for the best results.
So how often should your building be deep cleaned? It’s standard for most public buildings to get a deep cleaning every quarter, but that timeframe varies based on a couple of factors. For a high-end space — the corporate office of a luxury brand, for example — this type of maintenance may occur more frequently, in keeping with the company’s standards of appearance. A smaller value brand, on the other hand, could potentially get by with deep cleanings every six months.
Geography matters too. “Buildings above the snow belt, regions with heavy snowfall, need more frequent cleanings than those down South,” says Torres. That’s because during winter, building guests and occupants track in snow and other debris; a thorough deep cleaning rids the facility of excess dirt and bacteria that have built up over the season.
Deep cleaning is an investment. Service that’s simultaneously good, fast and cheap is an enigma. “Everybody wants things for less but we’re in a people business,” says Torres. “To get and keep the good people, the good cleaners, there has to be somewhat of a premium.”