Spring has sprung! And even though here in Northeast Florida we didn't get much of a winter, now is still a good time to start getting your office ready for the warmer months ahead. Winter can be hard on facilities. From the tracking in of dirt on boots to the carpet stains left over from the holiday potlucks, there are usually quite a few tasks that need to be caught up on to freshen up an office space. Also, maintenance is the easiest way to freshen up any commercial office and improve the appearance of the facility without doing any redecorating or renovations.
You may agree that some maintenance could improve things around the office, but you may also be wondering where to start. As with anything, budgets aren't unlimited so it's always important to focus on the most critical items or things that will get the most bang for the buck. That's why we've complied a list to ten spring maintenance tasks that are worth the investment. Every item may not apply to you situation, but this list a great place to start in deciding which maintenance tasks to tackle this spring. The tasks are not listed in any particular order of importance but all will give you significant return on your investment.
Our Suggestions for Spring Facility Maintenance Tasks
1. Get the carpets cleaned.
Carpets take a beating year round but the business of the winter holidays can easily cause maintenance like carpet cleaning to get swept under the rug. Not to mention that lack of cleaning can cause carpets to harbor smells, allergens and other irritants. Carpet cleaning is an easy way to freshen up your office while improving the overall appearance of the facility by removing unsightly stains.
2. Touch up paint walls.
Dings and scuff marks happen. From people in general just touching wall areas like light switches and door frames to walls being run into with chairs ladders or other items, walls will periodically need to be touched up or repainted to ensure that your office looks it’s best.
3. Patch holes and dings.
Right along with touch up paint sometimes walls in commercial office building get dings and holes. It’s easy to open a door too hard or have a delivery person bump a dolly into a wall and there you have it, a nice hole in your wall. Depending on where these accidents happen, a hole in a wall can really take away from the overall first impression a visitor has of the office or business. Patching up these holes, especially those in areas frequented by guests is an easy maintenance task that will improve the appearance of your facility.
4. Strip and wax tile or machine scrub ceramic tile.
Daily mopping of vinyl and ceramic tile is a basic maintenance activity. It’s great for removing simple, daily surface stains like coffee or soda spills. However, daily mopping does not shine tile, protect tile or clean deep down below the surface of the tile. So that dirt that is visible on the tile will not come up with a mop. It’s time for a maintenance machine cleaning. Machine cleaning removes the dirt that mopping can’t. It is also required to maintain the life and desirable appearance of these types of floors. Spring is a good time to schedule these services if you aren’t on a normal maintenance schedule.
5. Pressure wash entrances and patios.
Outdoor areas can get dirty over the winter months. From piles of leaves to coffee spills at entrances it can be hard to keep out door entrances and patio areas clean. Spring is an optimal time to clean up outdoor areas by pressure washing concrete and stone surfaces. Pressure washing will remove dirt, soil and stains while also brightening up the appearance of your entrances. Additionally, examine any areas of the building that may have spots and stains that are need of pressure washing as well.
6. Clean windows.
Spring brings with it more sunlight and nothing highlights dirty windows more than bright direct sunlight. Also, you may be using the irrigation system more during the summer to care for your landscaping. While this extra watering is good for your plants and grass, those mineral deposits can make windows dirty and streaky. Frequent window cleaning solves this problem and clean windows make a great first impression on anyone who visits your property. This is especially true of retail facilities and restaurants.
8. Install or replace walk off mats.
Walk off mats are the first line of defense for carpet and tile. Having these in place greatly reduces the amount of damaging dirt and debris carried in on shoes from getting into your building. This protection is only helpful if walk off mats are actually being used, being used in the right places and are properly maintained. If your commercial facility does not currently use walk-off mats, now is a good time to research systems and purchase some for key spots in your facility. If you have walk-off mats installed, read up on the manufacturer's recommendations for proper care and maintenance. If maintenance is needed, go ahead and take care of those tasks to extend the life and effectiveness of the walk-off mats.
9. Clean up patio or outdoor furniture.
With the weather becoming nicer and warmer, more people will be drawn outside to enjoy their lunch and breaks. Make sure that they are greeted with freshly cleaned outdoor furniture.Skipping this task may make some unhappy to dirty up their professional attire by sitting on dirty furniture. For some furniture types, this may be as simple as hosing off pollen and dirt with a water hose. For other types it may mean having the upholstery cleaned.
10. Change air filters.
Air filters in commercial offices should be changed out frequently to maintain good indoor air quality. But if you don’t have a dedicated handyman it can be difficult to stay on top of a schedule. Or maybe this maintenance task just slipped through the cracks. Either way, Spring is a great time to make a fresh start and change out air filters. Once changed you can being a regular schedule to change out air filters frequently.
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