In today’s highly competitive business environment, a clean building is no longer an option—it’s essential. In fact, according to David Frank, a leader in the cleaning industry for 30 years and the president of the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences, “cleaning is good for business.” To this point, Mr. Frank has identified four cornerstones of cleaning that illustrate the substantial value a clean building provides. Proper, professional cleaning of your building can promote the success of your business by:
- Enhancing the image and appearance of your building. Regardless of the type of business you operate, your customers’ choice to do business with you is influenced by your building’s appearance. A clean building can be used as a marketing tool that helps you grow your business and your reputation.
- Protecting and preserving your assets. Regular and proper cleaning is essential to protecting and preserving your building’s assets, including carpets, floors and surfaces. Failure to do so can result in more costly expenditures later on, when these assets need to be replaced before they normally would had they been cleaned regularly.
- Improving health and hygiene. Properly cleaned buildings protect their occupants from the risk of infectious diseases and cross-contamination. Whether your business is a five-star hotel, a surgical center, or a school, providing a healthy, hygienic environment should always be a top priority.
- Increasing safety and reducing risks. A regular cleaning and maintenance program can improve your business’s bottom line by promoting a safe work environment that reduces risk and liability. From the prevention of slips and falls to protection from cross-contamination, a clean building helps keep its occupants safe and reduces risks.
In addition to the four cornerstones of cleaning, there are two more important reasons why clean matters.
Clean buildings increase employee morale and productivity and decrease absenteeism and turnover.
No one wants to work in a dirty building. If your bathrooms and other shared areas aren’t clean, your staff may be less inclined to come to work—temporarily or permanently. Why does this matter? Because regardless of whether you pay them or not, the work still needs to get done. Whether that means overtime for another employee, hiring a temporary employee, or searching for someone new to fill the position, the result is extra expenses that could have been avoided.
In fact, studies performed by Dr. Michael Berry—a retired scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 28 years and research professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—show that a clean, healthy environment increases employee morale and productivity and decreases tardiness, sick days, and turnover.
The bottom line is this: Ensure a clean, safe working environment and your employees will reward you with their respect, loyalty and hard work.
Clean buildings promote healthy children and help our schools save money.
Children are prone to catching and sharing bugs, from the common cold to the latest strain of flu. And yet, schools are paid by the number of children who come to class each day. A dirty school building fosters the spread of disease and results in more sick kids who must stay home, ultimately reducing funding for the school. This is also true for teachers, who work closely with children and often catch what’s going around. When teachers stay home sick, they still receive pay, but the school must also hire substitutes. This taxes the already stretched budgets most schools must operate under.
The lesson here is clear: Clean schools promote healthy children and teachers who come to class more often. Our children get the education they deserve while schools generate more funding and reduce expenses related to staffing issues.
At AAA Building Maintenance, we understand why clean matters. Let us help you discover how a clean building can help your business, medical facility, or school succeed!
Call us today to schedule your FREE building audit and quote at 303-716-2802.