Sure, showcasing the latest interior design trends in your business can make your establishment feel inviting, fancy, and perhaps a little…boujee. But at what point does cleaning it become a problem? For many companies, image is everything. This includes their brick-and-mortar facility. And one way to project confidence and expertise is by showcasing a splashy décor and designer furnishings. However, spaces like this can become difficult to keep clean if you overdo it.
Rooms that have lots of glass, potted plants, and delicate art can take a greater amount of time to clean. This is something that many salon or restaurant owners might not stop to consider. As a result this can increase the cost of cleaning and therefore, your operating expenses.
More Décor, More Cleaning problems
We understand the vision: you want your clientele to be able to relax, unwind, and enjoy the aesthetics of your carefully curated interior design. Maybe you invested in a professional interior designer, or perhaps you spent a lot of time perusing the pages of Pinterest for inspiration. Your bright, shiny showroom has finally come together. However, maintaining a clean and clutter-free space can be a daunting task, especially when your decor includes delicate decorations, glass accents, mirrors, and luxurious rugs. In this blog post, we’ll explore the cleaning challenges and offer some practical insight into what your cleaners go through to keep your opulent space pristine.
Delicate décor items can be a double-edged sword. Why they add elegance and charm to your business, they can sometimes be a real pain to clean. The last thing any cleaner wants to do is bump, break or misplace any items. Which makes dusting and wiping down the shelves and surfaces underneath truly a daunting task. In fact, in the commercial cleaning industry it’s standard practice not to move any items during the cleaning. However, if keeping your facility clean requires that items be picked up or moved aside, this can be accommodated. Unfortunately there’s usually extra charges involved to cover the additional time and labor associated with it.
Glass cabinets, shelving, and wall mirrors can all be stylish. They can even make a space appear larger in size than it actually is. However, your hall of mirrors can also become a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. This can become a daily challenge to deal with, especially in sunlit areas where all of the dust, dirt, and hand prints will stand out like a sore thumb. Here is what it takes for your cleaners to keep glass looking crystal clear…
- Specialized Cleaners: Invest in a quality glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Truth be told, we actually recommend paper towels. Make sure the glass cleaner is properly diluted. These tools will help you achieve a streak-free shine without damaging the glass.
- Regular Cleaning: Make glass and mirror cleaning part of your weekly or even daily routine to prevent buildup that can effect transparency. Quick, frequent spot cleans are strongly recommended. In addition, periodic deep cleans via squeegee cleaning are necessary.
- Careful Handling: When cleaning glass tabletops or mirrors, be gentle. Excessive pressure can lead to scratches or breakage.
- Window sills and ledges: need to be free and clear of clutter whenever they’re being squeegee cleaned.
Oriental rugs and wool area rugs can elevate the aesthetics of your business, but they require special care.
- Regular Vacuuming: Vacuum your rugs at least once a week to prevent dirt and debris from settling into the fibers.
- Rotation: To ensure even wear and fading, periodically rotate your rugs.
- Spot Cleaning: Address spills promptly with a gentle, stain-specific cleaner. Blot, don’t rub, to avoid spreading the stain.
- Professional Cleaning: Consider professional rug cleaning services, especially for valuable or delicate rugs. They can maintain the rug’s beauty while extending its lifespan.
Cleaning Delicate Items, including Art
Proper cleaning takes knowledge, time, patience, and focus. And for liability purposes some fragile items should be left to the customer to clean themselves. The appropriate chemicals and tools needed for the cleaning depend on the type of material being cleaned. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis. All of which is to say, that the cleaning can get expensive.
The Problem with Cleaning Around Clutter
For some folks, cleaning around opulent interior design elements can be a labor of love. But not for a commercial cleaning company. For them it’s about finding a balance between preserving the beauty of your space and making the cleaning more manageable.
Clutter can undermine even the most stunning interior design. What’s more, it creates many more corners, nooks, crannies, edges and ledges to clean. As such, a commercial cleaner must slow down during the service. Their productivity and efficiency goes down as they are cleaning less square feet per hour. Put another way, it takes them longer to clean, which means an increase in time/labor.
We agree that decorating and furnishing your business can be fun and exciting! But whilst flipping through that Crate & Barrel catalogue, keep the cleaning needs in mind.
At Business Cleaning Solutions we understand how important workplace cleanliness is for both your marketing efforts and the health and wellness of your employees. A clean, clutter-free space is the best canvas for showcasing your exquisite interior design. It also makes for a much quicker (and cheaper!) cleaning service. Have questions on the challenges of cleaning lavish interior design? Our Service Consultants are available to help.
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