Cleaning is a routine task that everyone engages in to maintain a clean and healthy environment. However, despite its frequency, many people unknowingly make mistakes that can disrupt the effectiveness, or even cause harm to their belongings. These small mistakes like using the wrong products, or forgetting about certain areas, can leave us frustrated and wondering where we went wrong. By recognising and understanding these common cleaning mistakes, and learning how to avoid them, we can keep our commercial space sparkling and safe, without any hassle. Discover the five common commercial cleaning mistakes and how to avoid them. 

Ignoring High-Touch Areas

Mistake: Neglecting high-touch surfaces like door handles, light switches, and lift buttons can lead to the spread of germs and illnesses. These areas are constantly touched by multiple people and build up bacteria and viruses if not cleaned regularly. 

 

How To Avoid: Create a checklist of high-touch areas and incorporate them into the daily cleaning routine. Use disinfectants that are effective against a wide range of pathogens, ensuring that their areas are cleaned at least once a day, especially during the flu season. Regularly review and update the checklist to ensure that all high-touch surfaces are included.

Using The Wrong Cleaning Products 

Mistake: Using inappropriate or ineffective cleaning products for different surfaces and environments can cause damage or failure to properly sanitize. This can result in surfaces not being properly cleaned or sanitised, leading to the spread of germs and potential damage to property. 

 

How To Avoid:

Select products that are specifically designed for commercial use and the surfaces that are being cleaned. For example, it is a good idea to use industrial-strength cleaners for high-traffic areas and ensure that the products are safe for the materials in your facility. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper usage, and test new products in unnoticeable areas to prevent damage. 

Overusing Cleaning Products

Mistake: Overusing cleaning products can lead to a build-up of residue on surfaces, making them look dull and attracting more dirt. It can also cause damage to surfaces and increase the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals, which can effect the help of employees. 

 

How To Avoid: Follow the manufacturer’s recommended amounts for cleaning products. More isn’t always better – using the correct amount ensures effective cleaning without the risk of residue build-up or surface damage. On the back of the product, in most cases, it should give you an estimated amount that you should spray/pour to make sure it is the right quantity.

Inconsistent Cleaning Schedules 

Mistake: Inconsistent or irregular cleaning can lead to the accumulation of dirt, bacteria, and clutter, affecting both the appearance and hygiene of the property, this inconsistency can result in some areas being neglected, creating health hazards and leaving a poor impression on clients and visitors. 

 

How To Avoid: Create a routine cleaning schedule that addresses all areas of the property. Depending on the traffic and how much the area is used, some areas may require daily cleaning, while non-prioritised areas may be weekly. Using a cleaning schedule will help to ensure that no area is overlooked or neglected. Regularly review and adjust the schedule to accommodate changes in facility uses or staffing. Implementing a routine and being consistent with it makes sure that all places are maintained to a high standard, providing a clean and welcoming environment for everyone.

Use CCL Cleaning Group

While following these tips may help you maintain a clean and healthy environment, sometimes you may need a helping hand from a professional cleaning company to ensure proper and efficient cleaning. CCL Cleaning Group specialises in commercial cleaning, tailored to your specific needs. 

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