Maintaining pristine levels of cleanliness and sanitation at grocery stores and supermarkets has always been essential to prioritizing customer health, employee safety, and your business’s image. Here’s why that’s even more important in today’s world.
As a society, many citizens are trying to avoid large gatherings to curb the spread of COVID-19. We’re even willing to delay the start of professional sports seasons in the interest of the common good. On a personal level, we may also help our loved ones minimize the risk of exposure by helping them with errands they would typically take care of on their own. But one thing most people can’t avoid is a trip to the grocery store or supermarket to stock up on essentials like food, drinks, and toiletries.
That’s why supermarkets have even more of a responsibility than before to prioritize cleaning and sanitation at their buildings. Many supermarkets are already taking necessary precautions like wiping down carts after every use, requiring masks, and implementing social distancing measures. However, if you’re overlooking the importance of supermarket floor cleaning, that’s an extra step you need to take.
Chances are, your supermarket or grocery store is focusing on cleaning and sanitizing high-touch points, and that’s an excellent place to start. At the same time, there’s a lesser-known vector for transmitting diseases—your facility’s floors. Scientists have found respiratory droplets to be one of the primary modes of COVID-19 transmission. While those droplets may linger in the air for a time, they eventually fall to the floor and remain there until patrons or employees carry them throughout your store merely by walking around. From there, visitors can even bring those germs into their cars, homes, or other buildings.
What can you do? On top of regularly sanitizing touchpoints, cleaning floors at your supermarket on a daily basis can help keep everyone protected. Partnering with a professional floor cleaning company makes it easier to ensure your supermarket floors are just as sanitary as they are spotless.
Even before the pandemic, nearly 14% of supermarket shoppers said they would change their shopping habits if a store didn’t meet their expectations for cleanliness. The consumer preferences behind that number are only likely to grow more demanding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What would a 14% reduction in shoppers at your supermarket look like? While it may not devastate your business, there’s no doubt it would leave a noticeable dent in your bottom line. A professional janitorial services partner can quickly deliver a return on your investment by prioritizing spotless cleaning that meets and even exceeds the expectations of your most discerning customers.
If you’re struggling to keep bathrooms stocked at your supermarket, you’re only inviting employees and patrons to spread germs throughout the building. Fortunately, day porter services can take that burden off your team, allowing them to focus on customers.
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The quickest way to discover whether your current approach to supermarket cleaning and maintenance is comprehensive enough to mitigate the spread of disease at your facility is to compare your standards to the COVID-19 cleaning guidelines outlined by the CDC. Along with those guidelines, your cleaning checklist should prioritize these areas of the supermarket:
- Entrances and exits
- High-touch points
- Checkout areas
- Service counters
- Hard floors
If your current staff doesn’t have the time, resources, or expertise to keep all of these areas spotless and sanitized throughout the day, you’re at risk of losing customers or even spreading disease, which can lead to unhealthy employees and a tarnished reputation.
During these difficult times, your grocery store or supermarket cannot afford to lose customers. At Carlson, it’s our mission to provide your business with reliable, professional cleaning services that consistently exceed both your expectations and the expectations of your customers. To accomplish that goal, we work with you to customize a cleaning program around your specific needs and goals. Schedule a free cleaning consultation today to get started.