The Boston area has already seen its first winter storm, so if your commercial business was caught off guard, it’s time to winter-proof your facility. Cold weather, snow, and ice storms are guaranteed to make their way through the Massachusetts area once again. Preparing your facility for the harsh effects of the winter season will not only help keep your facility clean and safe, but it will also help to keep sickness at bay.
Get your facility winter-proofed with these 4 easy steps:
1. Protect the floors
As soon as wintry weather arrives, workers and visitors will be tracking in salty, muddy shoes from the outdoors. Protect the floors, especially in high traffic areas, with entrance mats. Having them cover the first 15 feet from the entrance will catch most of the debris and salt residue from shoes.
2. Keep outdoor areas safe and clear
Snow can quickly accumulate in outdoor parking areas and roofs of commercial facilities, so it is important to have these areas cleared of leaves and debris before the snow and ice hits to prevent unnecessary structural damage. Snow removal also needs to be done in a timely manner to avoid large frozen piles in your parking lot!
3. Keep indoor air clean
The cold winter weather means that people are spending even longer periods cooped up indoors. With typical workdays lasting 9-10 hours, the quality of the indoor air surrounding your workers become even more significant. Many health conditions can be worsened with poor indoor air quality, so ensure that your HVAC systems and other high rise areas and surfaces are regularly serviced and cleaned.
4. Protect against freezing
Often accompanying winter, snowy weather is freezing temperatures that can wreak havoc on pipes in your commercial facility. If the forecast predicts below freezing temperatures, make sure your thermostat is set high enough, open valves to allow water to drip, and make sure electronic leak detection systems are functioning properly.
One thing we know about New England winters is that they are unpredictable! Luckily, you can prepare your facility in advance with the help of a professional commercial cleaning company like New England Cleaning Services, Inc. We have 40 years of reputable cleaning experience under our belt and pride ourselves on having long-lasting client relationships. For both general cleanings and emergencies, our highly-trained cleaning professionals deliver fast and reliable cleaning services all across the eastern Massachusetts area. Contact us online or call our Waltham, MA office at (781)890-2000 for a free quote today!