Spring cleaning of facilities: where to start?

While the prospect of a spring cleaning can be exciting for those responsible for cleaning facilities, as it represents the transition from cold, short days to long, warm days, knowing where to start can be a daunting task, especially for large-scale buildings. A proper spring cleaning procedure can bring many benefits, from making the facility itself more attractive to occupants to ensuring key equipment and systems are up to date for the future. maintenance to avoid potential setbacks throughout the year.

To help managers get a plan on what to target, ServiceMaster Clean has outlined several applicable tips for launching a spring cleaning program.

Inspect high-risk areas

When it comes to the likelihood of different parts of a facility needing serious maintenance, not all are created equal. Whether it’s moisture buildup, salt ingress, or exposure to extreme temperatures, the following areas are imperative to pay close attention to:

  • Doors/Cabinets
  • Floor tiles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Ceilings
  • Storage shelves
  • Large-scale floor care

Since water, mud, and chemical tracking over the winter takes its toll, facilities should invest in deep cleaning procedures for hard floors and carpets. Custodial teams can consult with manufacturers or distribution partners for the best methods for cleaning carpets (often with shampoo), concrete floors, and hardwood tile. In many cases, an annual deep cleaning for each floor type is conventional, but may vary depending on the severity of the winters and the type of installation in question.

Air conditioner

Facilities may not feel the need to use the air conditioning system until a few months later in the year, depending on the region or the likelihood of a spontaneous heat wave – but do not test the system until the arrival of this day could mean that there is no air conditioning for both. that day and possibly several days after to diagnose problems and fix the problem.

Exterior maintenance

The effects of winter can be harsher on cement and wood when it comes to the exterior of a facility. In areas where foot traffic is the norm, this damage can be particularly noticeable. Washing windows, sweeping and spraying driveways can help not only to improve the image of the property, but also to maintain the hygiene of the facilities for the occupants. The roof should not be overlooked either, as potential signs of damage can cause serious problems down the road if left untreated.

For additional spring cleaning tips for facility managers, click here.