Winter is still a few days away, but freezing temperatures have already arrived here in Little Rock, Arkansas. Before the temperatures fall further, take some time to prepare your office for the coming season. ServiceMaster Twin Cities wants to help you keep your businesses’ employees and visitors safe all year long. Our janitorial experts shared their top six tips for getting your office ready for winter:
Protect Entry and Walkways
Employees are more likely to slip and fall during the winter months because of rain and melting snow. Prepare your facility before the cold weather arrives to avoid potential incidents. Be sure you have anti-slip and waterproof safety mats at every entrance to the building. It is important to have a plan of action for when winter weather hits – plan out protocol for clearing paths and using salt to reduce the risk of falling.
Disinfect to Avoid Illness
Your office should be regularly cleaned and disinfected, but especially during the colder months. Winter is prime cold and flu season, so it’s important to take extra precautions to keep your employees healthy all season long. If you already have a regular janitorial service, it may be time to contact them to schedule an extra cleaning this season to keep everyone in your office safe and healthy.
Deep Clean the Floors
During the winter, the flooring in your office gets a lot of use. Employees are tracking in water and salt while wearing heavy-duty shoes that can cause damage to your floors. Add mats at each entrance where people can wipe their feet and clean the floors at the end of each day are great ways to prevent permanent damage. Professional floor cleaning services can help you maintain your flooring to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Over time your HVAC system will build up with dust, dander, and bacteria. It’s important to have a yearly HVAC maintenance plan in place to keep the system working in good condition. Avoid adding dust and bacteria into the air by getting your air filters changed each winter. Maintaining your HVAC will help keep your employees healthy all season long.
Let the Light Shine In (The Windows)
The sun is setting earlier every day, and that darkness can hurt office morale. Check the windows around your building. Are they dirty? Clean windows will let much more sun into your office. Be sure to keep the blinds open during the work hours to expose your employees to more sunlight and boost their moods.
Educate Your Employees
Unfortunately, some of your employees might be unaware of the information necessary to avoid getting sick this winter. Involve your employees in your winter preparation. Host a meeting to discuss your efforts and go over healthy habits for the season. Be sure everyone understands the sick policy in place and know the importance of staying home when they are sick.
ServiceMaster Twin Cities in Little Rock, Arkansas has provided janitorial services to local businesses for over 30 years. Our expert team can make your commercial facility shine all winter long with our high-quality, reliable cleaning services. Contact us to schedule regular janitorial services. We have the experience to provide the high-quality, reliable service you need – and take the time to learn about your business. You can count on our detailed processes to disinfect, sanitize and thoroughly clean your office this flu season.