The pandemic has led many retail businesses to restructure the way they do business. One thing that must change is how these locations are cleaned. The flow of customers throughout the day means that intensive cleaning and sanitizing must take place to keep everyone safe and to boost safety.
There are several things that retail managers can do to try to improve the cleanliness of these locations. Many of these are based on the premise of working smarter instead of harder.
Having the correct supplies to get the cleaning done is a primary consideration. This point alone can save you from having to do a lot of extra work and wasting a lot of money on things you don’t really need.
You can ensure you have the proper items by making a list of the things that need to be cleaned and sanitized and then working with the Staples Business Advantage Facility Specialist who’s familiar with your industry. They can help you to institute a cleaning and sanitizing program.
The areas of the store that have higher contact than others must be cleaned more often and better than those that have lower contact. Sanitizing things like door handles, payment pads and other spaces multiple people touch must be a priority.
Some products provide protection for hard surfaces for longer periods of time, so you don’t have to wipe things down between every customer. This can save a lot of time and work while helping to push the customers through.
Another key to not wasting time or supplies is to set a plan for cleaning and sanitizing. While you know that the high contact items need to be cleaned more often, you can set a schedule for other items. This is also an opportunity to set up a checklist for employees who will handle the cleaning. Not only can this help to boost productivity, but it also provides a tangible way to ensure everything is getting done.