The holidays bring in waves of shoppers—but with all the extra germs they pass around, keeping a store clean is a challenge for any retailer at this time of year. In snowy areas, snow and salt will inevitably be tracked onto your floors. And additional fingerprints and soil make cleaning more difficult in every part of the country.
It's not all about looking good during those busy holiday shopping months, either. It's a matter of keeping your customers safe and healthy. With a combination of planning and the right tools, you can keep your store clean while your customers enjoy a healthy shopping experience.
Increased traffic means increased dirt on the floor in any time of the year. Throw in snow, salt, and sand, and you've got a cleaning challenge that's tough to keep up with. The key to keeping your floors clean and free of safety hazards is to clean frequently throughout the day. Have your team spot clean throughout the day, concentrating on doorways and main aisles, where the worst of the mess will collect. To avoid slip-and-fall accidents, use a floor cleaning system that removes the melted snow and leaves the floor dry to the touch. Assign one employee to be in charge of the entrance, to make sure slippery situations don't build up.
Everyone comes up to the counter with their holiday shopping purchases, and many of them bring cold and flu germs along with them at holiday time. Keep a supply of disposable wipes underneath the counter. Use them to wipe the surfaces in between customers. Getting rid of built-up fingerprints will not only look neater and more inviting to shoppers, it will help remove the germs that might pass from customer to customer—or from customers to your employees, and vice versa.
Changing rooms are among the most overlooked areas in retail stores. Customers remove their clothes, put shoes and purses on the furniture, and cough or sneeze on every surface. Keeping your changing rooms clean not only reduces the chance of winter germs being passed on, it makes for a more pleasant shopping experience. Visit the rooms every 30 minutes during busy shopping periods to wipe door knobs, mirrors, and seats with disposable wipes.
Scheduling cleaning chores in short bursts throughout the day keeps your store looking cleaner and leaves it a healthier. For more information on store cleanliness throughout the year, click here.
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