Wednesday November 29, 2017
As a business owner or manager, you do your best to attend to the details that keep your office healthy and comfortable for both employees and customers. Windows cleaned…check. Floors cleaned…check. Bathrooms cleaned…check. Upholstery cleaned…oops! Yes, it’s likely that you’ve overlooked that one important detail—office upholstery cleaning. In fact, when was the last time you had that done? If it’s been over a year, then you should put that at the top of the to-do list.
You probably haven’t given it much thought, but your office furniture works hard! Over time the beating it takes will show. From the couch in the reception area to the side chairs in your offices, your upholstered furniture needs the same tender loving care as the rest of your office equipment.
Office furniture, particularly upholstered pieces, collect a lot of foreign matter such as hair, skin cells, and other organic material. If people eat or drink near the furniture, chances are it’s accumulated some food stains, too.
Having clean furniture may not be on the top of your priority list but it’s important. Of course, you want your office environment to appear attractive but more importantly, you want it to be healthy. For people who have sensitives, the materials released into the air from dirty, neglected furniture can be allergens. Dirty furniture can also be a morale buster--if it’s not looking fresh, your best-case scenario is that your employees are a little grumpy. Worst case is that you lose productivity and perhaps even sales.
If the mental and physical health benefits of having clean upholstery aren’t enough reason to commit to calling in a professional, maybe saving money will be. Keeping your furniture clean and well maintained can extend its life. That means longer time between replacement!
So as you are making your next to-do list, be sure to put “have furniture cleaned” on there. In fact, make it a habit. For furniture that isn’t in high traffic areas, an annual cleaning will probably suffice. For more hardworking pieces, every six months. Once you have it done, you’ll see just what a difference it can make and your employees will love you for it.