Small business owners do not think twice about commercial cleaning services for office space, medical facilities, and industrial operations. But when it comes to retail spaces, commercial cleaning is often not even on the radar. Retail managers assign cleaning tasks to those employees who close up at the end of the day. Can we suggest an alternative?
Commercial cleaning services are as appropriate to retail as any other industry. Not only that, but there are also particularly good reasons to bring in a professional cleaning company rather than asking employees to tidy up at the close of business. Below are just four of those reasons.
As you read, bear in mind that it is easy for employees to ignore the consequences of not properly cleaning retail spaces. Not so much for retail customers. When retail spaces are not kept clean, the lack of cleanness tends to affect customers the most.
Reason #1: General Health and Safety
Clean retail spaces lend themselves well to general health and safety – for both employees and customers alike. Really, it is no different than having a clean home. When things are kept clean, the potential spread of germs is minimized. Regular cleaning minimizes the risk of hazards like mold and mildew as well.
Commercial cleaning services often work with their clients to eliminate unnecessary clutter, just to make their jobs easier. But a clutter-free work environment is not just good for the cleaning crew. It is also good for retail employees. Less clutter reduces the risk of accidental slips and falls.
Reason #2: Local Code Compliance
Every local municipality has its health and safety codes to follow. Retail outlets are not exempt from such codes. They need to comply just like any other type of business. Unfortunately, where local codes intersect with regular cleaning, employees with little to no cleaning experience might not know what is required of them.
Commercial cleaning services make it their business to know and thoroughly understand local codes. They know how to maintain compliance in all things related to cleaning. They can also work with retail managers to bring other things not directly related to cleaning up to code.
Reason #3: Maintaining Equipment
Retail establishments have their fair share of office equipment. That equipment is better maintained in a clean environment. Going one step further, clean and properly maintained equipment works more reliably and lasts longer.
By the same token, office equipment tends to degrade more quickly in dirty environments. This is especially true where sensitive electronics are concerned. Everything from computers to copy machines should be operated in a clean space. Cleanliness maximizes life and productivity.
Reason #4: A Better Experience for Customers
A dirty retail environment is definitely a turnoff to customers. They don’t want to visit a store and find it messy and unkempt. A dirty space leads to an unpleasant experience destined to ensure that customers never return.
As a side note, it is pretty common for retail managers to assume that a lack of cleanliness in the back office, breakroom, and storage area can be contained. Things rarely work that way. A lack of cleanliness behind the scenes ultimately finds its way to the retail floor. Bringing in commercial cleaning services is the best way to avoid such a scenario.
Professionally cleaning retail space is a good idea. On the other hand, leaving cleaning tasks to retail employees with little to no experience doesn’t result in the best possible job. To get things done right, you need people who know how to clean. Those people are the professionals. They can keep any retail space looking clean and tidy at all times.