Common Misconceptions About Commercial Office Cleaning
Due to a number of myths and misconceptions about hiring commercial office cleaning services, In this article, let’s take a look at some of misconceptions that need to be addressed.
The first impression a client will have upon entering your office or workplace is its cleanliness. Regardless of your industry reputation, the state of your office will be affiliated with the quality of the work you deliver and can be enough to convince a new client to not do business with you. Even before they start working with you, buy your goods or procure your services, the client will have already formed an opinion about your company based on what they see. A dirty carpet, stained floors and foul odours in the air will be off-putting and detrimental to business.
Moreover, unhygienic workplaces have been proven to impact not only your employees' morale and productivity, but also their health, thus increasing sick leaves and absences. Unfortunately, due to a number of myths and misconceptions about hiring commercial office cleaning services, this is one part of owning a business that very often gets neglected, having dire consequences. Let’s take a look at some of these misconceptions that need to be addressed:
1. Commercial cleaning services are too expensive
One of the biggest arguments business owners have against hiring commercial office cleaning services is that they are just too expensive and unaffordable. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Most commercial cleaning providers offer customisable packages which you can adjust and select according to the services you most require. In addition to being able to customise a package, hiring commercial cleaners ends up saving you a lot of money in the long run in the form of reduced employee absences and productivity.
2. My employees can take care of cleaning the facility
If your employees have previously been tasked with ensuring your facility is kept clean at all times, hiring professional cleaners will not only free up their time to focus on their actual duties but will also ensure the job gets done more thoroughly. Moreover, there is no quicker way to decrease employee morale than by asking them to scrub toilets and vacuum floors while also juggling their own job responsibilities! Not to mention, a professional cleaner trained in the right products to use and practices to follow will ultimately do a better job than an employee trying to do the job fast enough to get back to their work.
3. The office only needs to be cleaned when it’s visibly dirty
Studies show that the average office desk is home to more than 10 million bacteria, 400 times more than a toilet seat! It is the dirt and grime you can’t see that makes the most difference to the health of your employees. Most disease-causing bacteria, viruses and pathogens are invisible to the naked eye, and without a proper cleaning regime in place to regularly get rid of these, you could be putting your entire workforce at risk. While your employees may be encouraged to not eat at their desks and wipe them down before signing off for the day, what about all the other high touchpoint areas in the office that are breeding grounds for viruses? Doorknobs, handles in communal kitchens, shared printers and toilets may not look visibly dirty at the end of the day, but these are the places where disease-causing microorganisms are most likely to hide.
4. Commercial cleaners will interfere with our day-to-day operations
Understandably, you don’t want someone walking around with a loud vacuum cleaner or asking people to move so they can mop the floor while you’re trying to work. Many business owners mistakenly believe that hiring commercial cleaners will disrupt their operations. The truth is that most commercial cleaners work either after everyone has left the office for the day or before the first employee walks in in the morning. If your employees regularly work the night shift and it would be more feasible for you to get your facility cleaned during the daytime, a good cleaning service should be able to make the necessary arrangements to facilitate this.
5. Commercial cleaners provide substandard services
You may have heard this one from a disgruntled friend or acquaintance who had a bad experience with a commercial cleaning company. While the market is saturated with cleaning service providers with all degrees and levels of expertise, it is vital to trust only the best names in the business. Look carefully at the amount of time your preferred office cleaning company has been in business, the kind of facilities they typically service and also ask them for client references. To get the best service, it is imperative to do your research and select the right service provider.