Do you own or manage a small business? If so, how important is the concept of business cleaning to you? There are plenty of business owners who do not give cleaning a second thought. Whether it is retail, industrial, medical, manufacturing, etc. we have seen businesses that operate on a daily basis without making any effort to maintain cleanliness.
We have been active in business cleaning long enough to know that keeping a clean space reaps very tangible rewards. If you are not sure about it yourself, check out these top five reasons we believe businesses should make cleaning a priority:
1. Cleanliness Inhibits the Spread of Germs
This first item, inhibiting the spread of germs, would not have topped our list were it not for the COVID pandemic. If we have learned anything from that experience, it is the fact that germs can spread very quickly. Not only that, but they can also spread just about anywhere. Germs don’t concentrate their ability to spread in one particular environment.
A clean work environment inhibits the spread of germs. When regular cleaning includes disinfecting, germ spread is further inhibited. To be as blunt as possible, people are less likely to pass germs to one another in a clean environment.
2. Cleanliness Can Help People with Respiratory Illnesses
Do any of your staff members live with allergies or asthma? If so, maintaining a clean environment can help them breathe easier. Regular cleaning keeps dirt and dust down. It promotes cleaner air which, in turn, reduces common asthma and allergy triggers.
3.Cleanliness Leads to Greater Productivity
Believe it or not, dirt and clutter in a business setting can reduce employee productivity. It is all due to the relationship between cleanliness and mental health. The two are intrinsically linked.
According to a Princeton University study published in 2011, clutter makes it more difficult for some people to concentrate. Clutter overwhelms a person’s visual cortex to the point of being distracting – even though said person may not recognize what is going on.
Likewise, another study published in 2009 revealed a link between depression and a lack of cleanliness. The study demonstrated that people whose homes were more cluttered or littered with unfinished projects had a greater chance of being depressed.
The bottom line is that a cluttered and dirty office can make it more difficult for your employees to be as productive as possible. The same holds true for an industrial environment, a warehouse, a retail sales floor, and even an auto repair garage.
4. Cleanliness Promotes Organization
A clean business environment tends to be a more organized environment. Why? Because cleanliness promotes organization in a rather organic way. People working in a clean environment don’t want to see it get dirty or cluttered. They make the effort to stay organized so that they aren’t the ones to mess it up. For this to work though, cleaning needs to be done on a regular basis.
5. Cleanliness Pleases Your Visitors
Rounding out our list is the reality that cleanliness pleases your visitors. The opposite is also true. Your customers and vendors do not want to visit a dirty store or office. If they see dirt, grime, and clutter, they are forced to wonder just how much you and your staff care about what you do. That’s not good. On the other hand, a clean and tidy workplace always impresses.
Every business should make cleaning a priority. If yours doesn’t, it’s never too late to change things. Commit to regular cleaning and see what happens. We guarantee you will be more than happy with the results.