The Importance of Cleaning in Stores & Retail Environments

It’s common knowledge that first impressions count. When a potential customer enters your shop, the first thing you want them to notice is the products you have on offer. It’s probably fair to say that the last thing you want is for them to think your shop is dirty or messy. With the appearance of your premises playing such an important role in the success of your business, it’s wise to make cleaning a priority. Here are just a few things to take into account when keeping your shop clean:


Keep the entrance clean and clear

Make sure all entrances to your store are clean and free from clutter. Not only do clean and tidy doorways look good, they’ll also help you comply with health and safety legislation. Any boxes or bins left in entrances could be considered a fire hazard.


Be sure to keep any signs and windows clean too

You’re more likely to make a good impression if your premises are pristine and customers are able to admire the display in your shop window.


Carry out regular inspections

Regular inspections can be a great way of keeping on top of your cleaning schedule without taking too much time out of the day. Arrange for a member of staff to inspect the premises on a regular basis and look out for any mess that needs urgent attention. From changing rooms to customer toilets, no stone should be left unturned.


Embrace professional cleaning equipment

If you’re concerned about how much a thorough cleaning schedule will cost you, professional cleaning machines may help. You’ll reduce the amount of time staff spend scrubbing floors manually and save money in the process. There are countless industrial cleaning machines on the market that can be used during working hours with very little disruption to the overall running of your store. A small scrubber dryer, for example, can clean dirt and spillages with very little fuss.

With 14% of consumers saying that they’d stop visiting a store that was not as clean as they would like, the cleanliness of your store says far more about your business than you might imagine. After all, if you fail to keep on top of your cleaning schedule, some customers may question whether you’re lax in other areas of your business too. Whether you run a supermarket or a clothes shop, it’s important to show people that presentation and hygiene matters to you.

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