For almost more than a year, the pandemic has caused a lot of offices to close their doors. Now that people are more acclimatized to the situation, many companies are now contemplating restarting operations– especially with widespread vaccination in place.
A huge number of businesses are now considering how to come up with the best way of restructuring workplaces to foster interactions without the need to have any direct contact– the usual cause of the deadly virus spreading sporadically. Some businesses are looking for high-tech approaches like purchasing UV light cleaning equipment, having high-tech health checks while some others stick to simpler ones like putting stickers on the floor and imposing staggered shifts. But one of the most important innovations that could be put to use is the reuse of cardboard or plastic dividers.
Having dividers, now known as cubicles, can make people feel safer as these dividers serve as a shield in between desks. These quick and inexpensive to implement innovation allows collaboration, personalization, movement, and meaningful interactions without the fear of catching the virus.
Now, cubicles, like any other furniture in the office, are not immune to viruses, dirt, and bacteria. They may serve as shields to close contact virus transfers, but if left uncleaned it will lose their main purpose and will be nothing but an office decoration.
Here are some other reasons why you should clean your cubicle walls.
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Cubicle walls capture dust mites and other allergens that may cause allergy symptoms. To minimize exposure to dust mites and allergens, one of the first treatments is to get rid of dust mites.
By ridding of dust mites on your cubicle walls, you help your employees stay healthier and more productive.
Improve the air quality of your workspace
Having clean cubicle walls and dividers will improve the air quality of the workspace. Having them cleaned will not only remove dust mites and allergens but also the dirt that is deeply trapped, thus improving the air quality.
Working in a clean environment makes you and your employees feel comfortable. By maintaining the cleanliness of the workplace, including the cubicle walls and dividers will encourage your employees to be more productive, efficient, and happy.
Unlike painted walls, cubicle walls can’t be simply cleaned by wiping them down as some cubicle walls are made with fabric. The fabric construction of these cubicle walls could be magnets for dust, dirt, germs, and allergens.
But, worry not. Through proper cleaning and maintenance, these cubicle walls will look great and be safe to use.
A lot of cubicle walls are stackable, allowing your employees to post different notes, file holders, frame decors, and other things hangable. Often, these walls become the extension of their workplace thus accumulating clutter. Now, before doing any cleaning, the first thing you need to do is to declutter.
Remove all the items attached to the walls. Put in trash those that are not needed anymore, and properly stack those that are important, and store it temporarily until the cubicle cleaning is complete. Move the furniture away from the cubicle walls to provide easy access to the cleaners.
Safety tip: Ask for assistance when moving furniture and fragile items.
Using a vacuum could effectively remove dust and dirt. When you use a vacuum, attach a vacuum head with a flat surface, which is normally used in furniture cleaning. Vacuum the cubicle walls from top to bottom. Move slowly along the wall upholstery to collect as much trapped dust and allergens as possible
Stains may be inevitable. If you spot any stains on your cubicle wall, treat it immediately. Pre-treat stains with a spot cleaner. Fabric cubicle walls respond to either a solvent or water-based cleaner. Before proceeding to stain treatment, always test first the spot remover to a small, nearly hidden area to ensure the color doesn’t fade and the fabric will not be damaged.
After vacuuming the cubicle walls, you may also clean it with a mild detergent solution for maximum effect.
Mix ¼ cup of liquid detergent with one-quart warm water. This will serve as your cleaning solution. Create suds as you mix. The more suds, the better. Suds will be used to clean the cubicle walls, not the liquid mixture. This is to prevent too much moisture on the walls.
Dip your soft bristle brush into the cleaning solution to collect suds. Lightly scrub in a small circular motion the cubicle. Remember not to saturate the walls with water. Saturating will take a lot of time to dry and could lead to damage, mold, and even odor.
Leftover suds may cause flimsy residue on your cubicle wall panels. To avoid this, wipe your walls with a clean, wet towel after brushing it. Leave it to dry completely before hanging it back.
Include cubicle wall cleaning as part of your office’s cleaning schedule. Vacuum and dust it frequently to avoid build-up of dust and allergen.
To preserve the long life of your office dividers, maintenance and cleaning is a must. The first step of cleaning will be identifying the material of the divider.
To clean vinyl dividers, you can lightly rub the vinyl with a cloth, sponge, or soft nylon brush. Moisten, not saturate, the material with your gentle cleaning solution. Dry the panels after washing.
Using a microfiber cloth or paper towel, remove the visible dust on your dividers. Then mix one part distilled vinegar to ten parts warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the entire surface with your cleaning solution and use a lint-free towel, if possible, to wipe it down.
You may use as much cleaning solution you want, but remember not to put any on wood, fiberglass, or vinyl frames.
Cleaning your cubicle walls and dividers is as important as cleaning your carpets and furniture. As they are used as clear indications of boundaries between colleagues as well as a shield from close contact viruses, dust and bacteria can build up over time. This is why hiring a commercial cleaning team to make sure your workspace is clean and a safe place to work in. If you have any questions, contact us. Burgos Cleaning is a team of professional cleaners who can answer your queries and give you tips on how you can make your office space a conducive and secure environment.
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