It always seems like there is so much to do in a day and not enough hours to get it done, doesn’t it? You work hard all day managing all aspects of your business, so when it comes time to lock the doors for the evening it can often be overwhelming when you step back and realize just how much cleaning has to be done. What is the best way to organize your tasks in order to make sure everything gets done? How do you prioritize cleaning jobs so that you aren’t still there cleaning the next morning when it’s time to open?
Start With the Peripherals
Before you even consider hiring janitorial services, it’s best to assess what you’re willing to do yourself to better understand just what you’re handing off to someone else. Your storefront is the face of your business, and as such, it has to be kept clean at all times. Windows and doors should be free of smudges, bird poop, and the like. The walls, both inside and out should be wiped down daily and cobwebs banished from sight. Even the sidewalk and/or trash cans outside the entry doors need to be kept up with in order to draw customers in. If your business has bathrooms they need to be stocked up nightly and thoroughly deep cleaned. Make sure to use antibacterial cleaner and provide antibacterial soap and Germex for customers and employees alike. Counters and desks should be wiped down daily, as well as anything customers touch regularly. Dusting needs to be done on a regular schedule to keep spiders and other pests from settling into the dust bunnies that are bound to crop up in the corners of your establishment.
Know When to Bring in Professionals
You already keep track of so much, so it might make more sense to bring in professional janitors to keep your business spick and span. Cleaning companies specialize in doing the harder tasks like sanitization or carpet cleaning that might feel especially daunting to regular, everyday people. Most companies have different packages or will sit down with you to work out what you need done and how often, usually offering advice to save you a little bit of time and money.
When it comes down to cleaning, take stock of your situation. Anything can be done yourself with enough time, energy, and money but only you can decide if it’s worth it. A neat and tidy business is good for you, good for your employees, and good for your customers.
Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber