How clean is your office building?

How does your professional space scrub up? Does your office create a shining first impression which conveys your professionalism and company pride? Or can your clients, contacts and colleagues see overlooked dirt, dust, mess and clutter which reflect badly on your business? Is you commercial cleaning service provider providing you the services that they promised?

It’s not easy to stay on top of your office’s cleanliness, especially with a business to run every single day. When we inhabit spaces, it’s only too easy to forget hidden corners, overlook everyday clutter and ignore worsening mess. We become acclimatised to our surroundings very easily, which means it’s only too common to slip into a rut, with a less-than-pristine office which doesn’t reflect as well upon you, your clients, and your business as you might like it to.

As a 30+ year veteran and professional commercial cleaning company in San Francisco Bay Area, we at MCC Building Maintenance see this type of “dirt blindness” happening all the time in pretty much every walk through of an office building. The very best way to address the issue, find out how clean your office really is and start presenting a more professional face to your visitors is to look at your space with fresh eyes every morning.

If you’re not quite ready to invite MCC Building Maintenance (a professional and commercial office cleaner) to take a fresh look, why not try running through our helpful checklist, observing each individual aspect closely and critically? Address each item in turn, then draw up an office cleaning check list to make sure you stay on top of each aspect over the long term. And for some reason if your check list gets more checks every morning, perhaps it is time to pick up your phone and give MCC a call at (415) 883-1616. We promise to take all the worries of your office cleaning off your dreadful daily morning thoughts.

1) Are corners and ceilings cobweb free?
Cobwebs can be especially difficult to spot when you’re in the same area each day. Make the effort to check all the way around the circumference of each room’s ceiling to ensure that your space isn’t cobwebby. Pay extra attention to corners to ensure that your office doesn’t accumulate spiderwebs, which can really affect the overall look and feel of an office. Hint…hint, don’t forget to check behind the doors!

2) How dusty is your equipment?
Computer equipment can get very dusty very quickly. From screens, keyboards and towers, to printers and scanners, take a close look and have a regular dust to ensure a clean, fresh look that doesn’t trigger anyone’s allergies.

3) How clean are your base boards?
Another easily overlooked aspect of office cleanliness are base boards. With heavy footfall from colleagues and visitors, and hvac systems, base boards can attract dust and dirt quickly, lowering the standard of your space. Pay attention and wipe regularly to check.

4) Can you see fingerprints on glass surfaces?
There’s no excuse for greasy fingerprints. Window partitions should be clean and clear – both inside and out. And the front entry way glass doors to your beautiful office space should be spotless.

5) What is the state of your carpet?
Regular footfall means office carpets need regular hoovering to look good. How often do your carpets reach a point where they are covered in stains and dirt? Make sure your service provider is capable of treating spots and performing carpet steam cleaning at least one or two times a year.

6) How does the office smell?
Scent is one of our most sensitive senses and can really affect the judgements that people make and the memories that they form. Ensuring that your office smells good – even after your staff have finished lunch – is important. From air fresheners and flowers, to banning certain lunch items, find a system which works for your office.

7) How clean are your kitchen equipment?
Microwaves, toasters, dishwashers…..while your clients may never see this aspect of your office, your staff will – and a dirty kitchen can mean low morale. From cleaning out the microwave of spatters and splatters, to ensuring toaster crumbs are cleared up, work with your staff or a professional office cleaner to keep your kitchen clean.

8) Are trash bins frequently overflowing?
Whether it’s for recycling or general waste, an overflowing bin is a sign of a chaotic workplace. Keep on top of emptying bins to ensure that your office space look professional and well-organised.

9) Are doorhandles clean?
Door handles are frequently used in the office – but rarely cleaned. Often-forgotten-about handles can attract lots of grime and grease, which will reflect badly on your company when visitors open doors. Give the handles a good disinfectant cleaning every week to avoid the issue.

10) Are table and desk surfaces clean?
Whether you’re having a meeting or working alone, there’s no excuse for a dusty or coffee-stained desk or tabletop. Inspect your surfaces regularly to ensure that they’re clean and free of dust and stickiness, which could reduce morale and fail to impress clients.

11) Are restrooms properly being cleaned and sanitized?
Check under the toilet seat and inside rings of toilet…janitors quite often fail to see these areas that cause rust and calcium build up which stains up quickly. Make sure the cleaning crew are using disinfectant cleaner in all the restrooms.

12) Janitorial closet?
Why do I say that!! Our cleaners don’t even clean that, you might say! The way I evaluate a janitorial and office cleaning company is how they are taking care of their own space aka janitorial storage/closet. If I see there are dirty mops, water in mop buckets, un-organized and things all over…you would know they are not cleaning your office at all and they don’t really care. If a building service provider (commercial cleaning contractor) can not keep his own space clean and organized, what makes you think he is taking care of your office space or your building!!!

Last but not least, make sure that visitors to your business get a good first impression with help from MCC Building Maintenance. From one-off deep cleans, to regular nightly cleaning, we offer outstanding office cleaning services to office buildings, commercial facilities and medical buildings. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and East Bay) since 1984, give us a call at (415) 883-1616.

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