In any office or commercial area, there are bound to be high traffic areas that will need special attention to maintain a clean, professional appearance. These are commonly found in hallways, around entrances, at gathering places such as copiers or water coolers, around waiting areas, or simple intersections. Maintaining the cleanliness of these high traffic areas is important not only to maintain a professional work environment, but also because failing to do so can lead to costly flooring repairs down the road. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid these issues.

The first and most important tip is to have a regular periodic cleaning plan in place. These high traffic areas can get noticeably dirty rather quickly and keeping these areas clean on a regular basis will help prevent things from getting out of hand. You should create a cleaning schedule based on the amount of traffic an area receives. An important part of an effective cleaning plan is to have one employee that is responsible for cleaning these high traffic areas. This prevents miscommunication and adds accountability to make sure the job gets done right and on a specific schedule.

Once you have a cleaning process in place, you will want to ensure the personnel involved know effective cleaning techniques. Particular attention should be paid to areas with high soil as this will prevent the soil from being spread. Whoever is held responsible for high traffic areas should also be responsible for learning proper vacuuming techniques and best practices. Time should also be taken to make sure you have the best equipment for your particular area. Your equipment needs will depend on your specific situation, for example, you will want to use the right style vacuum cleaner based on the area of your office and the style of your carpet or tile.

High traffic areas in the office are almost inevitable, but as long as you have a reliable cleaning plan in place, knowledgeable personnel assigned to these sectors, and the appropriate equipment you can make sure these areas stay just as clean as the rest of your office or commercial area. These measures not only keep your area looking professional but also prevent expensive repair costs in the future. These are two things that any office manager or business owner should appreciate!