retail cleaning

A Brief Guide to Retail Cleaning

Are you looking for ways to keep your store in tip-top condition? Have you noticed that a good portion of your staff has been feeling under the weather the past few weeks? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about effective retail cleaning.

It’s on the retail store to ensure a safe environment for their staff and shoppers. Even something as little as a dirty carpet can lead to a respiratory illness for those that work in your store.

See below for an in-depth guide on keeping your store clean and why a professional cleaning service can be such an asset.

1. Floor Cleaning is Essential

Have you noticed that it’s become harder and harder to breathe inside your store? Have you been feeling under the weather frequently, even though you’re a pretty healthy person? Believe it or not, these can be some of the biggest side effects of dirty floors.

It’s an endless circle. All the foot traffic in your store causes your floors to gather dirt, dust, germs, bacteria, and so forth. As those things build up on your floors, they raise harmful pathogens into the air, which your workers and shoppers then breathe in through their nostrils and mouth.

Carpet is especially susceptible to germ build-up. They’re always dirtier than they look and have all kinds of things trapped within the fibers of the carpet. 

Most retail stores have a mixture of different flooring that needs to be tended to. For example, Dick’s Sporting Goods has a mixture of tile for the walkways, carpet for the different stations, and laminate for their shoe department, hunting department, etc. 

Each of these needs to be cleaned in different ways to ensure they’re properly disinfected. If you hire a professional cleaning service, then you can have all of those floors cleaned and rid of all harmful germs.

Here at Bluewolf Janitorial, we offer a complete floor care service for your retail space. This can help you see a significant plummet in the number of sick days your staff is taking.

2. Don’t Clean During Store Hours

Let’s preface this by saying that, if there’s an emergency, it should be cleaned up right away. Things like vomit, accidents in the bathroom, and so on. Otherwise, most (if not all) cleaning duties should be done outside of store hours.

But that brings up another issue. If you’re going to hold off on cleaning until after store hours, then you have to pay someone to do so. For those of you that are considering an in-house janitor, be wary of the substantial costs that come with hiring a full-time employee (such as benefits, taxes, etc.)

Thankfully, you can outsource this need to a professional retail cleaning service. This can help you get your hands on an entire team of experienced cleaning professionals and avoid paying overtime to staffers that lack the proper experience.

Trust us, in this day in age, you don’t want to leave the cleanliness of your retail store to chance. With all the different customers coming in and out of your store, you might be susceptible to a COVID breakout if your store isn’t disinfected every so often.

3. Clean Safely

Imagine the horror of hearing that one of your customers sustained an injury while slipping on a wet floor that one of your workers just mopped. Even if there was a wet floor sign-up, your company might be held liable for things like customers’ medical bills, loss of wages, and so forth.

This is another reason that we recommend cleaning your retail store after hours; with a professional cleaning service taking control, you’ll be able to limit any possibility of an accident.

That said, make sure your employees are trained on how to properly clean an emergency spill. Make sure they know to use the right amount of cleaning product (not too much) and to dry mop the area after it’s cleaned to reduce the time it takes to dry.

Side note: if you haven’t already, be sure to invest in things like liability insurance and workers’ compensation to protect your business if an accident were to occur. You can never be too careful!

4. Be Mindful of Hazardous Materials

Believe it or not, there are several hazardous materials that you’ll run into while performing routine retail cleaning. This could be anything from the chemicals in cleaning solutions you use to the dust that’s built up in your store.

If you hire a professional cleaning service, then they will know how to properly clean, disinfect, and dispose of these hazardous materials.

We pride ourselves on using eco-friendly cleaning solutions, so they’ll never be a threat to the health of your staff or customers.

5. Up the Consistency

This is where most retail companies fall short. If you want to know the secret of how to clean a store properly, here it is: stay consistent.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that you have to sign yourself or your staff up for more work. By scheduling frequent cleaning with a professional cleaning service, you can ensure yourself a consistent, thorough clean.

You’ll find that you have far more peace of mind throughout the day, knowing that everyone’s health and well-being are secure.

Invest in a Professional Retail Cleaning Company Today

Now that you have seen an in-depth guide on retail cleaning and how important it is to the health of your staff, be sure to hire a professional retail cleaning company today.

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To get started, please contact us by phone at 747-241-8408 and we will be happy to assist you however we can.