Cleaning your business’s windows is an important task under normal conditions – windows can make or break the appearance of any facility with ease, and are all too often neglected, which can damage your company’s reputation amongst customers, investors, and prospective business partners. However with the addition of the wildfires and the novel coronavirus, facility and window cleaning in the state of California is even more important than ever – not just for appearances, but also to reduce the chance of illness that can compromise operations, or damage that can require costly repairs or replacements. That said, here’s what you need to know about cleaning your California facility’s windows.
Wear protective equipment
Protective equipment, such as gloves and goggles, is never a bad idea even under the best of circumstances. However with the addition of smoke, ash, and soot damaging buildings across the state, it’s more important than ever to protect your skin, eyes, and mouth. Ash and soot all come from debris that didn’t fully burn, and are dangerous irritants that can cause rashes, coughs, and even worsen pre-existing conditions, such as those related to the heart. For this reason, protective equipment is essential.
The importance of sanitation
Especially for inside windows that can be touched by people visiting the building, sanitation is especially important as COVID cases rise around the country. California’s high population density has been a struggle with the virus from the start, and businesses working together to reduce cases in their own four walls can make a small but important impact in reducing the rate of infection.
Assess smoke damage
If there is actual smoke damage, or a high volume of ash present in your area – or soot, which can be the most difficult of all – make sure you’re addressing it immediately to avoid costly repairs or replacements. Soot builds up layer by layer, forming into a lacquer-like substance that can be difficult or impossible to remove. Be sure to get ahead of permanent damage, and respond as quickly as possible.
For the most part, you’ll want to be sure to follow your facility’s normal daily cleaning routine, as well as your less frequent deep cleaning routine. However, due to the challenges of managing both a viral outbreak as well as destructive wildfires, it’s important to adapt your cleaning strategies accordingly to ensure your facility is being properly cared for, and your employees are being properly protected.