After a harsh winter, most people are relieved to see the spring. The season is a time for renewal in a number of ways. As a facility owner, there are several things you can do to ensure the property is prepared for the warmer weather.
It’s a good idea to get a new start during the spring, so take some protective measures to get your building looking great. Here are the areas of maintenance you’ll want to pay special attention to.
Do a Walkthrough
Walk through the building to catch small issues before they become serious issues. Ask your janitor or property manager to do the walkthrough with you so you won’t miss details like cracks in doors or windows, loose tile or grout and issues with light fixtures and face plates. Take a look at the cabinets and countertops as well to see if there are loose hinges. It may also be a good idea to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and add new caulking to make the building look like new.
Check the Carpets and Floors
Winter can really be rough on your floors, so you’ll want to do a deep cleaning once a year. Waxing and stripping will make your wood floors and other hard surfaces last longer. You should also shampoo the carpets to keep them looking new and to remove dust, pollen and other substances that can cause allergies.
Freshen Up the Restrooms
Your restrooms should be clean, up to code in terms of building specifications and well-stocked. While daily cleaning is recommended a monthly or semi-monthly deep cleaning is best, depending on how large the facility is and how often it is used. Check the mirrors to see if they need to be replaced, and inspect the caulking of the sinks to see if it should be reinforced. The paper towel and toilet paper dispensers should be screwed securely into the wall, or replaced if necessary. Pay attention to the needs of customers when it comes to restroom maintenance as well. You may need to add a changing station or a handicap-accessible sink to the restroom so that your customers will be more comfortable.
Check the AC Units
Your air conditioning unit should get a spring check-up so that it will blow out cool air consistently as the weather gets warmer. The coils of the unit should be cleaned so that the air conditioner can run efficiently. This also improves the quality of air in your building. This is especially important if you have team members who experience seasonal allergies or breathing issues. Of course, an office space with a comfortable temperature is also best when you’re interacting with customers at your place of business.
Once you’ve taken care of these aspects of building maintenance, you may want to consider enhancing or adding an environmentally friendly program to your company. Spring is a great time to do this, and the building manager for your property may be able to recommend programs that will help you save energy and money.