It’s the time of year that so many openly admit dreading, but unfortunately all the complaining and prayer in the world will not stop the autumn from descending on the UK. The leaves are already starting to change colour and that rather familiar nip in the air is once again detectable. Of course the autumn season can be fantastic in the UK and is undeniably beautiful, but it does at the same time bring certain unique challenges including those attributed to office cleaning and maintenance habits.
The simple fact of the matter is that the weather of the British autumn can be unpredictable to say the least, which is precisely why this is exactly the time of year to give the real thought to making a few important checks and ticking a few boxes. You never know what might be just around the corner, so the best advice is to assume that this may be your last chance to get busy with a few essential bits and pieces, or perhaps the professionals on your behalf.
Autumn Office Cleaning Checklist
Here’s a quick look at a few examples to illustrate the point:
1. Painful as it may be, this is the time of year to consider repairing or adding a little additional protection to any exterior furniture you may have around the workplace, or perhaps to bring it indoors ahead of the harsh weather.
2. If you take control of your own window cleaning duties, this is also the ideal time to give the exterior of your windows a good scrub while the opportunity is there. Trying to get the windows cleaned and keeping them clean during the autumn and winter can be a nightmare.
3. As this is the time of year when the trees are shedding their leaves and the air is generally full of all manner of detritus, it is absolutely imperative that you take the time to check all external guttering and any ventilation ducts which may become blocked. You are much better off entering the autumn with clean gutters and vents than overlooking them entirely.
4. If they are not already in place, consider the installation of weather-strips and draft excluders for the office doors both internally and externally. It’s a small addition, but has the potential to save you a small fortune on your energy bills.
5. Ensure that both internal and external doormats are both in place and in good condition as it really will not be long before anyone visiting your premises will inevitably bring in quite a lot of unpleasantness on their shoes and boots.
6. Even if it means calling in the professionals to take a look on your behalf, it is a crucial time of year to ensure that your heating systems are in full working order after a summer of barely being used.
7. Last but not least, if there are any external repairs whatsoever that have been overlooked throughout the summer, now is the time to give them the required attention. Not only is it inevitable that the harsh weather to come will make things worse, but to try and tackle any such repairs when the weather has taken a turn for the worse is not what you would call an easy or affordable job.