At JAN-PRO®, we spend a lot of time thinking about what makes a great commercial cleaner. To start, you need a great work ethic and an eye for detail. Next, you need to know which products and techniques work best for different cleaning situations. Finally, you need high-quality cleaning products, tools, and equipment — like EPA-rated disinfectants, microfiber cleaning cloths, and HEPA filter backpack vacuums.
But there’s one other thing that sets the best commercial cleaners apart from their competitors: Their vision.
A great commercial cleaner will see your workplace in ways that wouldn’t occur to anyone else. This allows them to build a proactive plan for keeping your space as attractive and healthy as possible.
If you’re looking for a healthier workplace, you’ll want to start thinking like a commercial cleaning specialist. So let’s take a look at seven ways to make that happen…
How to Think Like a Commercial Cleaner
1. Envision a Healthy Environment. The main role of a commercial cleaner in most workplaces is to create a healthy environment. Poor cleaning practices have been proven to increase sick days and decrease productivity. Meanwhile, smart cleaning practices are centered around keeping your team healthy, happy, and focused. So, if you want to start looking at your workplace through the eyes of a cleaner, focus on how you can create a more positive and productive work environment.
2. Take a High-Touch Approach. Keeping your workforce healthy means protecting your employees from infection. To do so, you’ll want to stop germs at the source. The most common germ transfer points tend to be high-touch surfaces, like faucet handles, door handles, and computer keyboards. These are the surfaces that require detailed cleaning and rigorous disinfection.
3. Accept Your Oscars. Almost everybody has an inner Oscar Madison, the loveable slob from TV’s “Odd Couple.” While you can encourage your employees to be tidy and hygienic, you’ll never completely get rid of their inner Oscars. Instead, you’ll need to accept a certain degree of messiness. This will mean adapting your cleaning procedures to accommodate untidy and unhygienic behaviors.
4. Maintain an Air of Success. Air quality is one of the most overlooked aspects of commercial cleaning. Yet countless studies have shown that indoor air pollution is dangerous for workers’ health and damaging to their productivity. The right cleaning products, materials, and equipment can help you limit air pollution from sources such as dust, mold, bacteria, and chemical fumes.
5. Take a Chemistry Crash Course. If you’re worried about air quality in your workplace, there are certain cleaning chemicals you’ll want to avoid. Chlorine bleach, ammonium, and quaternary compounds are just a few of the ingredients that are linked to workplace health and safety concerns. Consider reducing your use of these chemicals or replacing them with green alternatives.
6. Find Material Benefits. Commercial cleaners don’t just keep your workplace looking its best. They also extend the lifespan of equipment, furnishings, and other workplace items. Floors, furniture, and electronics all benefit from frequent cleaning. By reducing the build-up of grit, grime, dust, and debris, you can extend the useful lifespan of these items.
7. Aim for a Tidy Bottom Line. At the end of the day, a great commercial cleaner will maximize your ROI on cleaning services. A more attractive workplace, a healthier work environment, and proper facility maintenance are all performed with the goal of making or saving money. To accomplish these goals, you’ll need to invest time and money. But as with any smart investment, the returns should outweigh any upfront costs.
Does your workplace need a better class of commercial cleaner? Call JAN-PRO at 866-355-1064 today to request a FREE estimate or learn more about our commercial cleaning services.