5 Best Practices for Cleaning in a Retail Setting
Below we will summarise some of the best practices for cleaning inside retail settings to maximise the performance and to provide the best experience for staff and customers.
1. Prioritise High-Foot Traffic Areas
Generally cleaning in a retail setting should involve prioritising high-foot traffic areas to manage areas of high dirt traction.
2. Use Cordless Equipment
It is highly recommended Retail Managers consider cordless cleaning equipment alternatives. By removing the risk of tripping when operating, it allows a safer experience for staff and customers.
3. Use Low-Noise Equipment
Cleaning in a retail setting is very comparable to cleaning in a hospitality setting due to the focus on customer experience. Retailers invest thousands of dollars in floor plan designs to create the most pleasing shopping experience for all. This has a direct impact on sales and the loyalty of customers. Low-noise cleaning equipment should be a priority investment to ensure as little disruption to customers as possible. One of the best ways to determine sound levels before purchasing is the dB(A) rating. dB(A) is a specification included in most cleaning equipment brochures to measure the sound level via a decibel scale. The higher the level, the louder it is.
4. Invest in a Easy-To-Operate Cleaning Machine
A cleaning machine considered to be ‘simple to operate’ usually features a basic operating panel to change cleaning settings, as well as yellow touchpoints to provide step-by-step daily maintenance guide. Surprisingly for some, ride-on cleaning equipment such as the BR855 scrubber are in fact safer to operate than walk-behind units, due to increased operator visibility. With any cleaning machine purchase, Capital Equipment Hire undertakes complementary training sessions for customers to ensure operator confidence before use.
5. Undertake Deep Cleaning During Closing Times
Cleaning practices are essential for daily maintenance of an area, but any facility will still need designated deep cleaning times to refresh the site. Scheduling a deep clean using a walk-behind or ride-on cleaning machine during closure times can be a great opportunity to refresh the retail area. These heavy duty scrubbing or sweeping machines can provide different levels of cleaning aggressiveness depending on the floor material and dirt type. One great option we see customers opt for often is hiring a walk-behind scrubber or sweeper every 12 weeks to undertake a deep clean. Another option is when a clearance sale or season refresh to the shop is occurring, take the opportunity to give the place a big clean too.
Cleaning in a retail setting is not one size fits all and can vary significantly depending on the industry at hand. Consider more than one cleaning equipment option to best clean different sections of the shop area when needed. Purchase or hire options can both be very reasonable solutions depending on the specific site profile.
If you feel stuck as to what is best for you, please contact our friendly team who would be more than happy to take the time to understand your specific needs. We also offer complementary demonstrations of our equipment at your convenience.