a clean office and commercial spaceCleaning your office or commercial space is a necessary part of doing business. You don’t want your business looking terrible when clients come by, do you? It sends a signal that you don’t care; if you don’t care about your office, why would you care about your work? But there are a lot of mistakes people make in cleaning that can be just as bad as having a dirty commercial space. Here are some of the ones we’ve seen here at Clean Freak.

1. Using the Wrong Type of Cleaner

There are many different types of cleaners out there and each have specific uses. If you use the wrong kind of cleaner, it can cause serious damage. A spray for cleaning bathroom will damage a wooden desk. Cleaners with bleach in them will white out the colors on your carpet. You might think that these are silly mistakes, but you’d be surprised how often we see them. People will grab a spray bottle and start using it without looking to even see what it is. Sometimes, the proper cleaner will be empty, so they grab something else thinking it will be fine. If you don’t know what’s in the cleaner, you can’t be sure it won’t do more harm than good.

2. Not Closing Caps

This happens a lot. In one office where we worked, they would have employees clean their own office spaces before they hired us. They would take whatever bottles were on the shelves in the janitor’s closet, wipe down their space, then put the bottles back without checking to make sure they were properly sealed. The reason they ended up hiring us to do the cleaning regularly was because of all the spills. The caps would be loose and drip all over the carpet, or someone would accidentally knock a bottle over and spill it when the cap popped right off. The messes made this way were worse than the messes made just by employees doing their regular work. They were often harder to clean because of the damage that incorrect cleaners would do to the walls and carpets, too. When you put your cleaning supplies away, make sure the caps are on good and tight to prevent this.

cleaning chemicals3. Don’t Mix Chemicals

This one should be obvious, but it’s shockingly easy to do it on accident. This is especially true when you’re cleaning an area that requires different types of cleaners. For example, bathroom areas often need two or three different kinds of cleaners to do the job right. Sometimes, if those chemicals mix together, they create toxic fumes. I’ve seen numerous occasions where people cleaned an area with one chemical, then immediately moved to another and accidentally mixed the chemicals just as a part of cleaning up. Another mistake people sometimes make is mixing chemicals in mop buckets because they don’t properly rinse out the old chemicals.

You’ve got to be careful with cleaning supplies and make sure they don’t mix together. Often, it’s better to clean one part of an area with one chemical, then do a different area while the first one dries before finishing the job.

4. Scrubbing Carpets

You see a stain on the carpet. You think, “Oh, what the heck? I’ll just scrub it with some carpet cleaner.” This is a very common mistake. Scrubbing a carpet can actually make the stain sink deeper, or spread to other parts of the carpet. It’s better to blot the carpet instead. This absorbs the moisture instead of wiping it around. Here’s a simple, step-by-step video guide:

5. Don’t Store Chemicals With Other Supplies

This is a basic safety procedure that I see ignored constantly. People think, “Oh, I know not to drink cleaning supplies, I won’t make that mistake.” So, they store their cleaning chemicals in drawers with other supplies, sometimes even food. I’ve seen cleaning supplies stored in the same drawer as coffee making supplies. Even if people are smart enough not to drink from a bottle of cleaning solutions, those bottles can leak, or there could be spills. Accidents happen, you know.

When you store cleaning supplies, you should always store them separately from other things. This is the best way to avoid contamination.

Consider Outsourcing

As I mentioned before, these are all common mistakes I see people make. A lot of people get careless when it comes to cleaning their own spaces, grabbing whatever’s at hand, or failing to properly put them away. When you have your employees clean their own spaces, these mistakes are bound to happen. That’s why it’s better to have a dedicated cleaning staff. You can outsource the cleaning work to a local business, someone who knows how to clean properly because they do it for a living. Professionals won’t make these amateur mistakes.

If you live in Cache Valley, or the surrounding areas, Clean Freak has you covered. If you’ve got an office or commercial space that needs cleaning, we can take care of it for you. Go ahead and contact us today. We offer basic and deep cleaning packages to suit your office cleaning needs.