Keeping real estate nice and clean is of course essential all the time, whether that falls to the occupier or the owner to carry out. No matter how well the property is maintained and compliant, without it looking top dollar and being hygienic then everyone will soon be spotting this and raising concerns.
Knowing what needs cleaning, such as the carpet and particular surfaces, is only one element of the process. Another element is knowing the cleaning materials and substances that are appropriate for each surface and how to use them safely. This is really important for both business properties and private homes as good cleaning knowledge adds to the entire cleaning experience.
Our 3-Stage Cleaning Process
So here is a summary of the cleaning process in three easily understood stages that are applicable to any type of cleaning. These cleaning stages are so universal that they can apply to any form of real estate and role, whether that’s carrying out a simple clean yourself or arranging through an external cleaning company. Stick to these tips and you’ll soon be on your way to a clean and tidy space in your home or business location.
1. Necessary Items
What do you need to actually get the cleaning done? Think about putting together all your relevant cleaning supplies before starting with your cleaning tasks.
When it comes to those cleaning supplies you need to think about the right substances you need for each job. Will you need to add water to dilute any cleaning fluids? What sprays will you use and are they compatible with your surfaces that need to be cleaned? You don’t want to use a substance that is too harsh for, say your table, and that leaves behind a mark on the wood.
Also think about the cleaning equipment you’re going to use. Are you going to use sponges or microfibre cloths? Self-squeezing mops, or the regular kind? What about signs and storage? For a business you need to put up signs to warn people of wet surfaces and, in any case, you need to think about where you’re going to keep all your cleaning materials.
Don’t forget Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These are clothes that will keep you safe when you’re using your cleaning solvents and materials. PPE includes gloves, aprons and protective glasses which will help to prevent potentially hazardous substances coming into contact with your body.
2. Just Do It
Now that you have all your cleaning supplies, materials and protective clothing you need to formulate a plan for how you’re going to start your cleaning and keep it on track. The best way to do this is by compiling a list of cleaning tasks and making the list into a Cleaning Schedule.
Once this is done you should make sure you, and anyone else using the schedule, can easily access and update it to make sure the cleaning gets done as required.
3. Carrying Out The Cleaning
Finally you are ready to get to the actual business of cleaning. Arrange the tasks in the way that makes the most sense. For example, you might like to leave the bathroom and toilet cleaning until last to avoid contaminating other areas.
Remember that, especially if you’re cleaning for a business, you may have to adhere to specific Health & Safety policies. That’s why it is important that you have your plan of action (your Cleaning Schedule) and a clear list of tasks. Also, if you’re cleaning for a business, don’t forget your Risk Assessment.
Keep in mind other practical issues such as access. Are there only particular times that you will have access to the area that needs to be cleaned? When will the rubbish be collected? Will the authorities pick up the rubbish or will you need to dispose of it all yourself?
Cleaning up Your Act in 3 Stages
Start off with an overview of the area that needs to be cleaned. Gather all the appropriate materials and solvents you think you will need but be careful not to use materials that may damage anything.
Think about what you need to clean and arrange the tasks in a practical order that makes sense.
Consider Health & Safety policies and Risk Assessments. These may help you to finalise a cleaning plan that matches the cleaning requirements.
Put all these into practice and you will have a plan for easy cleaners in no time.