All workers and customers alike deserve to walk into a place of business and feel confident that it’s both safe and clean. In fact, one study found that 52% of customers will avoid a business due to a lack of cleanliness, and 95% of shoppers agree that the exterior appearance and cleanliness of a business affects their decisions on where to shop. Lack of a clean work environment can also have a negative impact on a company’s employees, which is why it’s more important than ever for business owners to invest their time, money, and resources in finding quality cleaning supplies.
Why Workplace Cleanliness Matters
The cleanliness of a business clearly matters—not just to potential customers, but to workers as well. In fact, there are several ways in which a company can benefit from maintaining a cleaner space.
Cut Back on Employee Sick Days
First and foremost, when cleaning isn’t considered a priority at any workplace, it’s likely that germs and other bacteria will thrive in these spaces. This can make it easy for employees to fall ill and to spread illnesses or viruses to each other. As a result, workers will need to take more sick days, which can affect a company’s staffing and therefore its overall performance. When cleanliness is made a priority, instances of employee illness can decrease, causing employees to use up fewer sick days throughout the year.
Improve Customer/Client Satisfaction
These days, potential customers and clients are more choosy than ever before when it comes to where they shop and do business. And because cleanliness is such an important influencing factor for most consumers, it only makes sense that if customers perceive a storefront to be dirty, they’re not likely to come back. In fact, they may even choose to post negative online reviews about the cleanliness of the business, which can further tarnish the reputation of the business. On the other hand, customers love walking into a place of business and feeling as though it is clean and well kept; as a result, they may be more likely to return.
Boost Employee Morale and Productivity
Dirty work environments can take a huge toll on employees, causing them to feel more run-down and less motivated to do their jobs. Think about it; excessive dust particles in the air can affect a worker’s respiratory system and make them feel sluggish. Feeling that they’re working for a company that doesn’t take pride in its storefront or care about its employees’ health can also take a huge toll on employee morale and productivity. When business owners go out of their way to maintain the clean work environment that all employees deserve, employee morale and productivity can increase. Furthermore, employee turnover may decrease, which can cut down significantly on hiring, training, and similar expenses.
Protect Expensive Assets and Equipment
For businesses with expensive assets or equipment, maintaining a clean workplace is a must. That’s because dust, dirt, and other debris build-up can actually cause damage to heavy machinery and other equipment over time. Even a building’s flooring or plumbing fixtures can become susceptible to damage and costly repairs if basic cleaning and maintenance tasks aren’t followed. By keeping a clean workplace, business owners can avoid potential costs related to machine downtime, equipment repairs, and replacement of other costly components prematurely.
Why Quality Cleaning Supplies Matter
While putting the effort into keeping a place of business clean (such as hiring a janitorial service) is an important part of the equation, the quality of the cleaning supplies being used is just as important. Purchasing cheap cleaning supplies for the sake of saving a few dollars here and there results in more potential issues down the road. Instead, business owners should seek out only the best cleaning supplies specifically designed for commercial use.
They’re More Cost Effective
For starters, commercial cleaning supplies end up being more cost-efficient in the long run because they can be purchased in bulk at substantial discounts. Yes, purchasing these cleaning products may require a larger up-front investment, but these products will last for a long time and will ultimately cost less when compared to buying individual supplies.
They’re Safer For Customers and Employees
Commercial cleaning products are also designed with the safety of a company’s customers and employees in mind. Unfortunately, “cheap” cleaning products can contain very harsh chemicals that can irritate the respiratory system and be downright unsafe if ingested. Quality commercial cleaning products, on the other hand, are some of the safest and highest quality products out there, so business owners can enjoy added peace of mind in knowing the supplies they’re purchasing are safe.
They Create a Healthier Environment
When compared to standard, store-bought cleaning products, commercial cleaning products are also more effective in sterilizing surfaces, disinfecting, and killing germs. This is because many of these commercial formulas are industry-specific. For example, the cleaning supplies found in a hospital or other medical facility are some of the strongest and highest quality out there because medical facilities have strict cleanliness standards and regulations that they need to meet. Many commercial cleaning products are specifically formulated to create the cleanest and healthiest environment possible for clients and employees alike.
What to Look for in Commercial Cleaning Supplies
When shopping for the right commercial cleaning supplies, there are a few things business owners should look for. For starters, it’s always vital to ensure that the product itself has a safety data sheet (SDS) available either on the product itself or online. These data sheets are federally mandated and provide important information on the active ingredients found in the product itself.
And for businesses that need to adhere to OSHA guidelines, it’s important to note that using cleaning products without an SDS is actually prohibited.
For cost effectiveness, business owners may also want to look for commercial cleaning products that are concentrated. This means that water needs to be added to the product itself before use. The idea here is that purchasing concentrated cleaning products saves businesses money because they’re spending their money on the actual cleaning ingredients—not on water. Of course, business owners should also consider the additional time and effort required to dilute a cleaning product before use. In some cases, it may be more convenient to purchase a product that’s ready-to-use without the need for dilution.
Cleanliness should be a top priority alongside safety for any business owner. By making it a priority, businesses can reap many benefits (including an improved reputation and potential increases in sales) while also providing their employees with the clean workspaces they deserve.
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