The Ultimate Office Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring has finally sprung, and that means ‘tis the season for spring cleaning! Although you have diligently maintained your office atmosphere to minimize illness and wintertime “ick” from building up, spring brings a new set of challenges to keeping your office a healthy and attractive work environment. Maintenance Service Systems, Inc. (MSSI) has the checklist you need to make sure your office building is conducive to top productivity.

New Seasonal Challenges

While germs were the big focus during wintertime, allergies are the main culprit behind spring and summer productivity losses. So, the focus for spring cleaning in office environments is improving air quality.

Air quality is obviously affected by your HVAC system that circulates air. But, everything in your office—the furniture, fixtures and features—all affect what may be (re)circulated inside. For the best air quality, then, your office needs a top-to-bottom cleaning to remove dust, dander, allergens and other contaminants.

Cleaning to improve air quality starts with a thorough wipe-down of all surfaces that collect dust. High, hard-to-reach and/or just plain inconvenient areas must not be neglected. So, your spring cleaning must include:

  • Blind cleaning
  • Dusting all shelving, trim and wall-mounted surfaces

Soft surfaces temporarily trap contaminants but release them with every touch or agitation. So, we recommend:

  • Deep cleaning upholstery
  • Deep cleaning carpets

Once everything is dust-free, follow-up with professional air duct cleaning.

Because the chemicals you use affect air quality as well, you must take care to use cleaning products with low- or no fumes. You should also take care to select the right cleaning tools and materials, like microfiber cloths, so that you trap rather than scatter dust and other contaminants when wiping down hard surfaces.

Outdoor Cleanup

With winter’s wet and icy conditions gone and spring winds dying down, you can finally start to get—and keep—your outdoor spaces looking the way you want them. To get to a place where maintenance rounds are sufficient to keep outdoor spaces safe and inviting, your first outdoor cleanup of the season typically requires some additional tasks, such as:

  • Repairing any paved or hardscaped surfaces that were moved or damaged by repetitive freeze-thaws and/or precipitation
  • Re-“housing” or securing outdoor trash bins that may have dislodged or blown away by rougher weather
  • Removing dirt and grime buildup from outdoor lighting fixtures, especially ground-level lighting that may illuminate signage and/or walkways
  • Emptying outdoor ashtrays and refilling them with sand
  • Removing debris and trash from around landscaping/xeriscaping plants, planters, benches and other outdoor fixtures

Your landscaping contractor may provide some of these services; other tasks may be performed by your commercial cleaning company. However, if you need to repair significant damage to walking paths, sidewalks or other outdoor features, you may need to hire a contractor.

Professional Spring and Routine Cleaning

Spring cleaning entails a number of seasonal tasks that are only needed a few times a year. These tasks should be done in addition to the tasks routinely required to maintain a hygienic office environment—i.e., trash removal, bathroom sanitation and floor cleaning.

Of course, there is no reason why you or your employees should be doing spring cleaning. Let the professionals from MSSI take care of it. We provide all the services you need, and we customize our maintenance plans to meet your needs. Contact us today to get started.