One of the best things about December is the opportunity to let your hair down and have fun at the office Christmas party. While the photos that appear on social media the next day may be particularly cringe-worthy, so is the mess left behind after the guests have departed. Take advantage of your reduced staff numbers over this Christmas holiday break by arranging for three key extra cleaning services.
Care to guesstimate exactly how much champagne was spilled on your office carpets last night? Not to mention those once succulent canapes that became small, ground up crumbs clogging up your carpet fibres. While a vacuum will pick up some of the carnage, it is not going to get rid of the off-license brewery smell that lingers the day after. You need to discuss one of these two carpet cleaning methods with your cleaner :
- If you need to get your carpets cleaned while keeping the office open for business, then the bonnet method is for you. During the bonnet method, a cleaning concentrate is sprayed over the carpet in a fine mist. Next, a cleaning machine that has a circular rotating base moves over the carpet. This machine loosens the dirt (and alcohol) particles that are hiding in the fibre. The carpet then dries, and is vacuumed over to collect the debris. Because only a light mist is used, the dry time is only a few hours.
- If you will be closing your office for the Christmas break, your cleaner can use a hot water extraction. This method involves a machine that pushes hot water into the carpet fibres, and then suctions it back out again so they don't remain waterlogged. This type of cleaning is great for getting through the full depth of the carpet, and flushes out a lot of debris. However, the carpet should be given at least two days to fully dry after it has been performed.
The Porcelain Throne Room
The next part of your office that will no doubt need extra attention is the bathrooms. Let's face it, not everyone at an office Christmas party manages to keep down the excessive amounts of alcohol and food that always seems so tempting at the time. Unfortunately, your office bathrooms may have born the brunt of this excessive consumption. Apart from the obvious gross factor, Streptococcus and E. coli viruses can both be found in unclean bathrooms. Ask your cleaner to do a deeper clean than usual that includes:
- A full disinfection of every toilet from the tank all the way to the back of the toilet stand. While many cleaners disinfect the toilet seat and bowl as part of a standard clean, a full top to toe clean is classified as an extra.
- Deep cleaning of the tile grout using a pressure washer, hand scrub, or air pressure cleaning system. This will get rid of the trace germs that don't get removed during a standard wipe over.
This extra level of cleaning should make sure that your bathrooms are smelling fresh as a daisy and ready for the return of your staff.
As the night wore on, was the office Romeo spotted making out on the reception couch? Are there yet more remnants of food and drink to be found under the cushions? A revival of the upholstery is needed ASAP if you don't want your customers to be wrinkling their noses at the smell in the new year.
Just like every other surface of your office, your reception couch can start quite a collection of germs at times. After it has been given a thorough vacuum to remove the food debris, you will need to instruct your cleaner to give the fabric a clean to get rid of the smell and germs. Before you do so, take care to check the label attached to the furniture for cleaning instructions because:
- A label that states W means that you can only use water to clean this fabric.
- S labels indicate that the fabric can be safely cleaned using solvent cleaners.
- An X label is code that is telling you this fabric can only be vacuumed, and not cleaned with liquid at all.
The celebrations are over, so now it is time to clean up the mess. Make sure your cleaning company is fully instructed this December so that you won't need to be worrying about extra sickness caused by unclean surfaces in January. Now all you need to do is get yourself untagged from those social media photos, and all of the party evidence will be gone for good.