With the weather in the eastern U.S. finally warming up and winter officially gone, it's time for building and facility managers to do a little spring cleaning. While the practice of spring cleaning usually refers to tidying up at home, it can absolutely apply to commercial properties.
This spring, make sure you clean every aspect of your building's exterior to ensure it looks great for the summer and you catch any potential problems early on. Here are a few areas you should include in your spring cleaning.
Wash the windows
With all the rain that spring can bring the East Coast, you may think that your building will be spotless all season long, but the truth is that rain can actually lead to more stains, spots and streaks. As rain pours down, it can bring minerals along with it from your substrates, the roof or the water itself. These minerals can then streak and stain your windows with unsightly water marks when the sun dries them out.
Talk to Clean and Polish Building Solutions about cleaning your windows regularly throughout the spring and summer. They can also take a look around the windows to see if there was any ice damage from the winter. With the summer sun just around the corner, it may be a good idea to talk about UV-limiting window films as well, which can protect your tenants and your wallet by reducing cooling costs.
Clear off the roof and gutters
In the winter, cleaning your roof can be difficult. With snow and ice, certain areas may be inaccessible. Now that it's spring, you can have your building cleaning company really clear out your gutters and roof to ensure that water will drain properly. This can help prevent serious water damage, leaks and possible collapses from occurring.
Additionally, it will give you the chance to look for any other possible problems that may have occurred over the winter and take proactive steps to repair them before more expensive and disastrous issues arise.
Clean the HVAC system
Like your roof, your heating, cooling and ventilation systems can become covered, clogged or dirtied over the winter. The spring is the perfect time to clear out and scrub down these expensive pieces of machinery so that they'll run smoothly when the temperature rises.
Tidy up the surrounding area
It's not just your exterior and the windows that need cleaning. The entryway, your sidewalk and the landscaping need a revamping this spring. Have Clean and Polish power wash the sidewalk, walkway and other nearby areas, such as the parking lot or garage, to get rid of any leftover salt, sand and grime left behind from the winter. This is also a great time to examine the facade and entryway to see if they're in need of cleaning or maintenance.
Additionally, you'll likely want to plant some new greenery added and touch up your landscaping to ring in the spring with flowers and green leaves.
Think about pests
Taking preventative measures against insects, spiders, rats and birds is like taking preemptive steps to clean your building. These pests all become more active during the spring, so be ready to stop them from getting a foothold in your building and causing a mess inside or out.