A deep clean is something to seriously consider when it comes to the health and longevity of your office environment. As you know, this time of year the flu and other viruses are in the news, and for good reason. Your office can be a first defense against the spread of germs, but unfortunately it can also be a breeding ground.

In addition to sanitation for health and well-being, deep cleaning also addresses questions of longevity and sustainability for your office environment. So let’s begin with the basics:

1) Get to the hard-to-reach dirt and grime you don’t normally clean. Yes, this may seem like an obvious one, but it’s a great place to start. Deep cleaning is the only way to access dirt and grime that builds up over time. Think of office kitchen appliances, fridges, but also think about the rarely-seen places in closets, hard-to-reach shelves and nooks. These are all great places to deep cleaning on a semi-annual basis. The truth is, your office will never completely feel (or be!) dirt-free until you do a deep clean.

2) Keep it clean and keep your employees healthy. This goes back to what we said above — keeping a clean office is essential to keep your team happy and healthy. As we’ve talked about in past articles here on the blog, cleaning for health involves both standard cleaning and disinfecting. Studies show that proper cleaning and disinfecting can drastically reduce the spread of germs in the workplace.

3) Protect your floors and surfaces for their lifetime. Think of deep cleaning as an investment in the future — not only in your team’s health and wellbeing, but also in the materials that make your office bright, beautiful, and lively. When you invest in deep cleaning floors and surfaces, you not only extend their life, but you make them more attractive, and there’s a net-positive impact for everyone. Those floors and surfaces are some of the first thing an employee or guest notices, and one of their last impressions, too.

4) Give a helping hand to your employees and guests who suffer from allergies. You may have heard, but people who suffer from allergies are on the rise. More and more people experience both seasonal and environmental allergies, both of which can be fought in the workplace with a proper deep cleaning. Bits of the changing seasons can be tracked and carried indoors, and left behind for months to come. And of course dust, mold, and animal hair can be tracked indoors, too. Performing a deep clean will give a helping hand to your allergy-suffering co-workers, and probably improve respiratory health for everyone, too.

5) Target the unforeseen threats. This is one of the benefits of deep cleaning that most surprises people when we talk about it. But deep cleaning not only cleans up for the past, it helps put you in the most strategic position for future success, too. Often times a deep clean gives you the once-in-a-year opportunity to spot mold, weakenings in your floor, or deterioration behind walls. Deep cleaning is really your first line of defense for long-term planning.

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