How to Keep Your Retail Space Sanitized
Sanitizing and cleaning your retail space can be a challenge, especially in areas with a lot of foot traffic and frequently touched surfaces. But doing so affects far more than just the health of you, your employees, and your customers. A clean retail space becomes a source of pride for you and your employees and creates a positive customer experience, which helps retain customers and keeps them coming back. And it can even help your equipment and inventory last longer.
Here are five tips on how to keep your retail space sanitized:
1. Create a procedure
You want to create cleaning procedures so that everything runs smoothly and your employees are in the know about when and how often cleanings will occur. You’ll need to determine whether cleanings will occur after closing, before the store opens, or throughout the day. Typically, you’ll want your staff to maintain the sanitation of high-traffic areas during the day. This process could include wiping down counters, racks, and steaming clothes that weren’t purchased when applicable. Then, you can bring in a professional company for an overall clean outside of store hours. When you use this combination, you’ll ensure that your customers are entering a clean space no matter what time of day they choose to shop.
2. Determine what areas need to be cleaned and how
Aside from creating a cleaning schedule, you’ll also want to determine what areas to clean and how to clean them. For instance, you’ll want to dust shelves, display areas, and products on display. Mirrors, glass doors, and display cases should be cleaned daily and polished. Floors and carpets should be kept free of dirt and debris during the day and then thoroughly cleaned or vacuumed each day outside of store hours. Again, the frequency will depend on how much traffic these areas get. Other areas such as staff areas or hallways may only need daily or weekly cleaning. But keeping staff areas clean will ensure a happy, safe, and productive work environment.
3. Follow safety precautions
If you or your staff handle any daily cleanings, you’ll want to follow basic safety precautions. Consider wearing disposable masks and gloves as you spray cleaner and wipe down surfaces. You’ll also want to wash your hands thoroughly when cleaning and throughout the day. If your industry requires specific safety and sanitization procedures, make sure you follow those important guidelines and regulations.
4. Train your employees
Once you have all these procedures and schedules developed, you’ll want to document them. Then, you’ll want to share them with your staff. Even if your employees aren’t deep cleaning the space, you’ll still want them to be aware of the processes. You’ll also want them to know what they are expected to manage, i.e., wiping down countertops, registers, and credit card machines.
5. Schedule deep cleanings
Beyond daily wipe downs and weekly general cleanings, you’ll also want to consider periodic deep cleaning. These deep cleanings could include carpet shampooing or washing tall windows and other inaccessible spaces. Doing these on a seasonal or annual basis will keep your retail space looking its best throughout the year.
Let Office Express Janitorial Services Keep Your Retail Space Clean
Now more than ever, it’s crucial that you maintain a clean, sanitary retail space. When your store is clean, your employees will feel safe coming to work, and your customers will feel secure shopping there. But you don’t want to rely on your staff to keep your space clean from top to bottom. Let Office Express Janitorial Services help!
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