Historical buildings

Contributed by Jeremy Maready

Cleaning commercial office buildings in historic areas is not a job to be left to amateurs. It requires skill, the right tools and experience to maintain the historical aesthetics of certain buildings.

May has been designated Historic Preservation Month, celebrated by local preservation groups, businesses and civic organizations. Commercial cleaners play a crucial role in preserving treasured architecture.

Many modern offices located within historic downtown areas require certain care that necessitates the knowledge of a professional. Working with a commercial cleaner like Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services, office and building managers can ensure the maintenance and integrity of historical elements within your business for generations to come.

Maintaining the historical preservation of buildings is vital to sustaining a connection to the past. The cleaning of such structures, from those on the National Register of Historic Places to local historic downtowns, is often left to specialized cleaning professionals. Historic buildings need specialized care – from the flooring to the walls and disinfecting the spaces in between.

Importance of Floor Cleaning

The goal of thorough floor cleaning is not only to sweep up debris and dirt, but also to preserve its longevity, especially in historic buildings.

Whether your office has beautiful hardwood floors or carpeted areas, professional commercial cleaners can help clean them to rigorous standards.

Before modern machines, people used various methods such as beating, shaking and brushing to clean carpets. But now, professional carpet cleaning services have become common, and commercial cleaners can apply cutting-edge techniques, according to the needs of the building, to maintain its historic significance.

Office carpets are a sponge for dirt, dust, bacteria and other debris. Carpets can also harbor other harmful pathogens like mildew, staphylococcus, norovirus, salmonella and E. coli. If these carpets aren’t cleaned regularly, health problems can occur, especially in older buildings.

Other office buildings might have hardwood floors, which can take a different type of care. That can mean something as simple as sweeping to more complex jobs that require stripping, refinishing, scrubbing and re-coating.

Disinfection Services

For historic buildings, in-house janitorial services aren’t always enough to cover all the facets of a building’s cleaning needs. Particular finishes and building materials can be damaged if the proper methods and cleaning chemicals aren’t used.

If you have an in-house historical preservation expert, a professional cleaning company will work with them to properly create a detailed plan that meets your needs and ensures any cleaning or refinishing that is done maintains a building’s historical authenticity and preserves its patina for future generations to appreciate.

While some areas might be delicate, main working areas of office buildings need disinfection services to protect both the building and the workers and visitors inside. Office Pride offers several types of cleaning and disinfection services for offices that can include high-touch area disinfection, outbreak cleaning and disinfection and electrostatic spraying.

The difference between sanitization and disinfection is a matter of degrees of effectiveness in chemicals used, as measured by health and safety agencies. Ultimately, disinfection is more effective at killing bacteria and viruses on surfaces.

With workers in offices, more frequent high-touch area disinfection and electrostatic disinfection services are valuable. Common areas, personal spaces and hard-to-reach corners and crevices in the workplace are ideally suited for electrostatic disinfection treatments.

Commercial cleaning in historic buildings is a delicate process that requires specialized knowledge, good communication and a skilled team. Office Pride’s teams use innovative techniques and products that can ensure historic office buildings will remain healthy, clean and preserved for future generations.