The scene changes from gray to green: snow melts, flowers bloom and the northeast begins to thaw out.
These changes have a big affect on how BSCs in the northeast clean. Faced with the flip from winter to spring, BSCs must keep in mind their client’s unique needs during this time of year.
This means spring cleaning. For months, indoor spaces have been shut in and foot traffic has been heavily concentrated in these areas. This is especially true for buildings that see an increase in visitors during the holiday season.
Warmer weather means it’s time for deep cleaning services, refreshing spaces, heavy dusting and preparing for allergy season.
It means it’s time to scrub away the grime and wash that winter residue right off of those floors.
Freshen Up Those Floors
Brandon Walker, marketing strategist at Clean Works Services, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said spring cleaning is the time to focus on those big floor improvement projects.
According to Walker, spring brings a big push toward grout cleaning, a service not typically done during the winter in this region.
“We use hot-water extraction that reaches deep into the pores of stone,” he said.
This can be especially important in the northeast where salt tracked in from outside may be building up in all the nooks and crannies of your client’s floor.
BSCs that offer grout and other floor cleaning in the northeast during this time of year may look into improving upon their service by choosing safer and more environmentally friendly products.
The EPA offers an online search service for Safer Choice Standard products. These product's formulas have been reviewed by the EPA in relation to environmental and human health.
This means products are composed of lowest-hazard ingredients in their functional class.
You can search through products for your floor care and other spring cleaning needs at www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products.
In addition to choosing products that are environmentally friendly and optimal for human health, how you perform your spring cleaning services is also determined by what the building is used for.
Department stores and shopping centers will have seen an increase in foot traffic during the winter months for the holiday season. This means a heavier emphasis should be placed on deep floor cleaning.
Schools and large offices also need this kind of attention. Buildings in the northeast region spend the winter months housing a large amount of people who often bring in the snow, salt and sleet with them.
These unique challenges for BSCs in the northeast presents a yearly spring cleaning challenge.
Andrew Berry, director of operations at American Services Corp. in Pennsylvania, says there is a lot of floor work done in the spring, especially in department stores, which see a drop off in foot traffic during this season.
With spring cleaning well underway, Berry said that there are some businesses that see an uptick in business during this season, which makes their spring cleaning needs vastly different.
“Country clubs…actually pick up a bit during the spring,” Berry said. “Smaller offices that are round 500 square feet don’t really change during the spring.”
No matter the space, it is the details that count. This is the time of year to revitalize.