1. Check for Wear and Tear
Winter can do a number on your facility. So, one of your first spring cleaning to-dos is to check for damage caused by cold temperatures, standing water, moisture, or salt that has made its way from the sidewalks into your building.
As such, check corners and ceilings for damage and the carpets or flooring near doors. The following areas are also susceptible to damage — be sure to inspect them, too:
2. Deep Clean the Damage You Find
If you do find damage in these areas, it’s time to get your gloves on and start cleaning what you can handle yourself. For example, if you find the carpets or floors near doorways have gotten salty and dirty during winter, deep-clean the area. Be sure you know the difference between deep and regular cleaning.
Of course, you may not be equipped to handle all of what you find — even if you’re a facility manager. For example, you may find mold in moist areas, and you will want to make sure someone equipped to remove it completely does so. In that and other cases, call in professional services to help you.
3. Don’t Forget the Exterior
Your spring cleaning will probably focus on the inside of your building, but don’t forget the outside. Winter weather can cause damage to your exterior, and you’ll want to pinpoint it sooner rather than later.
Be sure to pay close attention to cement and wood as you inspect your facility’s exterior. Cold weather can cause cracks and warping, especially if these materials are in a high-traffic area.
Even if you don’t find damage, be sure that you spray down walkways to clean any lingering debris that can cause staining or slips. You may also want to do a bit of spring cleaning to spruce up the building’s facade. Window washing or power-washing bricks, for example, can really step things up.
Be sure to prep for next winter while you’re ahead, too. Winterizing concrete, for example, can prevent you from having to repair cracks next year.
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These three tips are must-dos if you’re spring cleaning a commercial building. And, if you’re reading this list and feeling out of your depth, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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