Pandemic Leads to Increased Interest in Daytime Cleaning
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, facilities have increased the amount of cleaning scheduled during business hours—referred to as daytime cleaning, the European Cleaning Journal reports.
This is not a new concept as cleaning crews have traditionally cleaned airports, train stations, and other public facilities during the day. However, at professional and private facilities, like office buildings, cleaning was usually done after hours. Now it is routinely done during the day because hygiene and cleanliness are highly valued as a method to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“It is only right the contract cleaning sector has been classified as being of systemic importance,” said Holger Eickholz, spokesperson for BIV, a cleaning business.
Eickholz said there are numerous advantages to daytime cleaning. From the service providers’ point of view, there is a better chance of finding suitable staff for routine cleaning as many cleaning professionals prefer to work in the morning or afternoon instead of at night. Staff is also more readily available in the day for additional cleaning requests or possible adjustments.
From the client’s perspective, they can meet and see the cleaning staff—they are no longer anonymous people who come in the office when everyone is gone. “To see cleaning staff busy sanitizing everything has a reassuring effect on people,” Eickholz said,
Daytime cleaning has also been reported to save energy as less artificial lighting is used.