When you think about a deep cleaning of your office, what do you consider? Dusting, strip & waxing of floors, machine scrubbing of restroom floors, shampooing and cleaning carpets? However, upholstery cleaning may not be top of mind. Have you ever stopped to consider those other germ-filled upholstery items, like cubicle walls, partition dividers or (gasp) your chair?
In the average office, you have sugars, starches, proteins, skin, perspiration, and germs circulating throughout the entire facility and collecting on furniture. Cubicle walls often hide dust and stains by design, but are among the most neglected areas in an office building. They are one of the biggest filtering medias that you have in the building. Cubicles are commonly covered with a layer of woven polyester fabric that can become a collector of dust and other airborne debris. They also collect stains associated with workers eating and drinking at their desk, from coffee spills to soup splatters. Each person sheds about a gram and a half of dead skin cells every day. However, the real concern lies with dust mites, who allergic droppings threaten indoor air quality.
Upholstery cleaning is a must in any building where indoor air quality is a priority (and it should be). It’s also important to remove invisible stains or damage from foods, beverages, sweat, skin oils and more.
Talk to your janitorial provider about whether they offer upholstery cleaning in addition to the standard carpet extraction. Hot water extraction provides a thorough, deeper cleaning. A damp or dry shampoo can be brushed on, agitating the fibers and allowed to dry before being vacuumed away.
It is recommended to most commercial office customer that the cleaning of cubicles, partitions and upholstered furniture should be performed once every 12 to 24 months. One rule of thumb to remember: “If you can see the soil, you’ve waited too long to get it clean”