The importance of Commercial Cleaning

A clean and well organised office space will leave employees and clients with a favourable impression of your organisation. Professional commercial cleaning ensures a hygienic and healthy workplace, beyond aesthetics. According to a survey by Staples, 94% of workers reported feeling more productive in a clean workspace, while 77% claimed they produce a higher quality of work in a clean environment.

At GCC Facilities Management, we understand the importance of reliable commercial cleaning. Securing a reputable cleaning service is often a underrated task at offices and warehouses. Here are a few common mistakes managers can make when it comes to commercial cleaning and how to avoid them:

1. Failing To Create a Cleaning Schedule

Creating a checklist and schedule is key to upholding a high standard of cleanliness in commercial spaces. Create a cleaning schedule by identifying the scope of cleaning tasks required for the business and the frequency for different areas of the facility. We recommend prioritising high traffic, customer facing or high-touch areas such as restrooms, break rooms and reception areas.

As a reputable cleaning service provider, GCC will identify, implement and maintain the best cleaning practices for you. We work with you to tailor a specification, including the frequency of the cleans to suit the needs of your business and find the best solution for you.

2. Using the Wrong Equipment & Cleaning Products

Using incorrect or ineffective cleaning products and tools can be time consuming and can even cause damage to surfaces. Moreover, using incorrect cleaning products can cause dirt and grime to stick to surfaces, causing a more unclean appearance than before.

Choose non-corrosive products to protect against toxic fumes and ensure hygiene.  Many conventional cleaning products contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment which if used or disposed of improperly can contribute to pollution and potentially harming ecosystems.

At GCC, we produce our own range of cleaning products used across the sites we service. All our chemical containers are recyclable and we use a pelican pump dispenser when required to ensure correct dilution ratios and minimise wastage. We do not use any chemicals that are unnecessary such as aerosols or cosmetic air fresheners. Our products are clearly labelled with usage and dosage instructions.

3. Neglecting Regular Deep Cleaning and High Level Areas

Overtime, dirt and dust can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas, causing odour and grime. We strongly advise our clients to schedule quarterly, or six monthly deep cleans to ensure and maintain a high standard of cleanliness. A deep clean typically covers areas that aren’t as frequently addressed during regular cleaning. It includes all hard and soft surfaces, floor cleaning (with methods dependant on material), touch points, both interior and exterior windows, toilets, high level cleaning, all woodwork, skirtings and furniture.

At GCC, we offer deep cleaning with a range of ‘additional services’ such as steam, carpet and upholstery cleaning, body spills, and needle sweeps. Our operatives use specialised machinery to clean, both internal and external surfaces up to 12.5 meters high, all from the safety of the ground.

4. Using Untrained Cleaning Operatives

Cleaning services, often seen as low priority, frequently lead businesses to hastily choose a cleaning service provider. Failing to adequately vet staff can lead to the hiring of untrained operatives. In turn, this leads to poor service and sometimes unsafe situations.

GCC’s in-house training course, aligned with the British Institute Of Cleaning Science (BICSc), ensures that every member of the team receives comprehensive training. Modules cover Health & Safety, COSHH, proper use of RAMS, NHS color-coded cleaning techniques, and environmental training. GCC ensures superior cleaning across industries by continuously training staff in the latest methods.

The best way to avoid the above mistakes? Leave it to the Professionals.

GCC FM is a family owned company with over 49 years experience in the facilities management industry. We provide a one-stop solution by offering a comprehensive range of specialist soft FM services across the UK. At GCC FM, quality is at the heart of everything we do and our aim is to ensure complete customer satisfaction. We offer services across mainland UK using in-house cleaning teams and trusted contractors. We are proud to fulfil 99.6% of our regular cleaning contracts nationwide.

Communication Channels: GCC provides a customer care book to every site which can help bridge the communication gap between client and cleaning operatives. It allows the client to leave any messages for the cleaner, any issues with access, feedback etc and can be particularly helpful when our clients have requested cleaning to be carried out during unsociable hours.

Conduct regular inspections: Regularly inspect various areas for cleanliness to ensure that standards are met. Feedback from these inspections should be used to improve the cleaning processes and address any issues promptly.

A lack of communication and inconsistent quality control can undermine efforts! GCC FM provides a dynamic range of services, each designed to address specific needs and requirements of commercial workspaces. Get in touch today!