4 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Cleaning Program

by Lawton Brothers | Oct 03, 2022


Many of us like to think that our cleaning programs are fine the way they are. Or perhaps, we don’t really think about them much at all. In either case, your cleaning program is a vital component of your business. Customers will immediately judge the quality of cleanliness based upon what they see and smell. Beyond that, while a facility may look and smell clean, it is not always safe and healthy. So how can you determine if your cleaning program is doing the job? Ask these 4 questions. 

Are We Cleaning the Right Spaces?

As we’ve discovered with Covid, not all spaces are the same. Rooms that hold large quantities of people at a time will need much more time and attention than others. To start, identify the different types of rooms you have as well as benchmarks for what determines the space as “clean”. This will help you identify cleaning issues in similar spaces. 

Are We Cleaning the Right Surfaces in Those Spaces?

As some spaces within a building have a greater risk of spreading diseases, so do certain surfaces within them. Floors, walls, and ceilings are naturally lower in transmission risk compared to those touched by people throughout the day. High-touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected every day and include door handles, light switches, faucet handles, working surfaces and a number of others. Focus your most intense cleaning on these high-touch surfaces to better protect your employees and customers. 

Are We Cleaning Frequently Enough?

When using a commercial cleaning company, many contracts require a single cleaning each day. However, is this sufficient for a space that is used by multiple people, frequently, such as a breakroom? Just as well, if only one person is occupying a space for a long period of time (such as a private office or cubicle) is it necessary for it to be fully cleaned each day? Considering optimal guest health, determine how often each space needs to be cleaned. 

Are We Cleaning Effectively?

Firstly, consider the types of cleaning chemicals you are using and whether they are the most effective for your purpose. Additionally, read the use and maintenance labels for all your cleaning chemicals. Ensure that you are letting them sit on the surface for the recommended contact time before wiping the area clean. 

Still Curious?

While this is not an exhaustive list for determining the effectiveness of your cleaning program, it’s a great start!  And if you’re looking for something more in-depth, Lawton Brothers is here to help with a free cleaning audit. With over 75 years of experience in the janitorial industry, we know a thing or two about clean. Give us a call today at: 800.432.0813.

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