High Maintenance: How to Clean High Rise Offices

By Amy Milshtein

  • High Maintenance: How to Clean High Rise Offices
High Maintenance: How to Clean High Rise Offices

What do workers want in their office space? The answer may surprise you. Ron Mrozek of Huntington Construction sited some trends that make office space desirable in ReJounals: more high-end finishes, more interior glass and lobbies morphing into flexible, collaborative community environments. “Common spaces and lobby areas display a significant ‘wow’ factor.”


“Wow” factors boost a building’s value but can challenge your maintenance crew. High end common spaces need different care than the floors above. Knowing how to clean high rise offices the right way will protect your investment and impress tenants.


Getting in on the Ground Floor

Reactivated office lobbies work as collaborative, functional space equipped with wifi and comfy seating. But designers still specify robust materials like terrazzo concrete and resilient flooring. These materials are durable enough to handle lots of foot traffic and come in a nearly infinite pallet of color choices and styles. Cleaning these hard surfaces requires removing dirt and grit before washing. As lobbies activate into informal meeting areas with lots of nooks and crannies, an OmniFlex SUV machine will perform better than a bulky autoscrubber. Mopping is not recommended as dirt is never fully removed and can leave an unsightly haze on the floor.


A Variety of Restrooms

Cleaning the restrooms is a tall order in high rise buildings. Facilities in the lobby may use different finishes than those in individual office suits. No matter what materials are used, all restrooms need thorough cleaning to protect occupants from pathogens. Lobby restrooms probably employ hard surfaces throughout. If so the maintenance crew can use a spray-and-vac machine for everything: walls, floors, toilets, urinals and sinks. Smaller restrooms in upstairs office suites may have drywall instead of tile walls. This requires a different cleaning strategy. A spray-and-vac machine that includes a trolley-bucket lets cleaning staff tackle both spaces with one versatile piece of equipment. Don’t forget touchpoints like light switches, flush handles and sink taps no matter where the restroom is.  


Can You See Clearly Now?

Designers love interior glazing. It floods a space with light creating a dynamic, modern interior—unless it’s smudged with streaks and fingerprints. Cleaning large expanses of glass takes time and effort. A squeegee makes the job easier. A squeegee system that combines microfiber, window squeegee and chemical injection technologies makes it fast, easy and more effective. Added bonus, if a corporate restroom includes showers the squeegee system can clean  that as well.


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Amy Milshtein

Amy Milshtein

Amy Milshtein covers design, facility management and business topics for a variety of trade publications and consumer magazines. 

Her work has won several awards, most recently a regional silver Azbee Award of Excellence.

She lives in Portland, OR with her family and Clyde, a 15-lb tabby cat. Once an avid hiker, these days she finds herself on the less-challenging -but-still-exciting 'creaky knees' trails.

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