The nitty gritty on commercial cleaning
May 6, 2020
Essential services and business are still operating and cleanliness is vital. Surfaces such as light switches, elevator buttons, couches, chairs, keypads and other electronics all receive repetitive contact in business environments and multi-residential housing (think common spaces in condominiums and apartments) and are highly prone to germs.
We’ve compiled a list of tips for cleaning and maintaining specific business, commercial and common area surfaces, contributing to a healthier environment for all.
- The Silestone Institute recommends giving any floor a general clean on a regular basis. In an office common space or shared lunchroom, don’t forget the largest surface in the room is always the floor. Sweeping and mopping daily keeps spaces can provide a safer environment.
- For everyday wet cleaning with a mop, use a neutral, soapy cleaning product and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Surfaces such as reception tables, desktops, hand railings and countertops should be wiped down consistently using a soft cloth with warm water and neutral soap
- To disinfect surfaces (Silestone, Dekton, Sensa or Natural Stone), Cosentino recommends using a cloth moistened with a solution of one-part bleach to 100 parts water, which you can make by adding a tablespoon of bleach to a litre of water. Cleaning alcohol can also be used, taking the recommended precautions and remembering not to mix products.
- Be sure to power-off electronics before cleaning. Office phones, tablets, keyboards, monitors and remote controls can be cleaned with an alcohol-based wipe or spray that contains at least 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Using compressed air for hard-to-reach areas like keyboards can help dislodge anything caught between the keys.
- Always check your manufacturer’s instructions first before cleaning electronics, as some products are not advised and may cause damage.
- Soft surfaces are highly absorbent and can be trickier to clean. Areas such as carpeted floors, rugs and chairs can be shampooed with cleaners appropriate for each area. It is ideal to wash soft surface items regularly, again adhering to manufacturer’s instructions.
Additional tips to remember when cleaning office surfaces:
- Use a damp, clean cloth or a wet, clean mop (for flooring) to wipe down any surfaces. Avoid dusting or sweeping with dry items as this could cause stationary bacteria to float into the air.
- Contaminated, disposable cleaning items should be placed in a lined garbage bin and thrown away with regular waste. Reusable cleaning items such as cloths and rags can be washed using regular laundry soap and hot water.
- Surfaces that are frequently touched in shared spaces such as reception areas, waiting rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.