A Cleaning Plan for Complicated Spaces

By Anne Baley

  • A Cleaning Plan for Complicated Spaces
A Cleaning Plan for Complicated Spaces

Every commercial space needs an occasional thorough cleaning. Daily cleaning tasks can take care of most of the dirt and germs, but it takes a dedicated cleaning plan to attend to the entirety of larger spaces. Every business, whether it's retail, commercial rental, or even a restaurant, has unique cleaning challenges because of its configuration. Stairs and ceiling fixtures will collect dirt on multiple levels, and a large floor space can turn a cleaning job into a complex team effort. Develop a cleaning plan to put into place before your team even gets started for the most efficient way to clean your space. Here's how to get started.


Large to Small


Begin by removing the largest objects that don't belong, such as trash and belongings left by customers. Move on to sweeping, wiping down, and cleaning all the flat surfaces to remove any loose particles. After you've swept up and removed everything loose, use the appropriate methods to clean ground-in dirt and germs from the flat surfaces. Use a KaiFly for counters and tables, disposable wipes for smaller, tight areas, and a dedicated cleaning machine for the floors.


Higher to Lower


When cleaning surfaces with multiple levels, it's always best to clean the higher spaces before the lower. Sweep the top step first, then move downward one step at a time. Wipe upper shelves, clean hanging fixtures, and clear off exposed beams before moving to ground level. Always dust and wipe before vacuuming and scrubbing the floor. Every act of cleaning can cause dirt to dislodge and fall below, so delaying the floor cleaning until the end will prevent you from dirtying a freshly cleaned floor.


Back to Front


The final step in your cleaning plan should be to tackle the floors. Always have your team vacuum your carpeting, and shampoo it, if need be. Buildings with hardwood floors need a different kind of treatment. Use a dedicated AutoVac that cleans the floor, removes germs and bacteria, and dries the floor to a safe level at the same time. A walk-behind floor cleaning system is best for these especially large jobs.


When using an AutoVac, you need to have a logical plan of attack. Fill the bucket with the correct cleaning solution, then begin cleaning at the corner the farthest away from the door. Move back and forth horizontally, making passes closer and closer to the door. The last pass should end up at the exit door and should be the last detail in your cleaning plan.


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