How to Prep Your Facility for Winter

When it comes to cleaning and maintaining your building, “The winter season is the most difficult time of the year,” explains Jim Smith, product expert at HP Products. There are numerous tasks you can accomplish to properly prepare your facility for winter, both inside and out.

Winterize Your Building

Keeping the elements out of your facility as temperatures drop doesn’t have to be a challenge. Smith suggests, “Be proactive with planned cleaning cycles as the weather changes, and stay ahead of the influx of water, grit and ice melt residues.” By stocking up on supplies, you can prevent headaches caused by the cold weather. Use the checklist below or create your own to take steps toward winterizing the outside and entryways of your facility.

  • Drain and winterize irrigation systems: When shutting off your exterior water, irrigation systems will need to be drained and pressure controlled.
  • Stock up on ice melt: Prevent slips and falls by spreading ice melt around each entrance to your facility in advance of storms.
  • Apply concrete seal: Seal up cracks in your sidewalks to protect against greater damage from the freeze and thaw of water.
  • Set up a matting system: Entrance ways must have the capacity to handle the localization of soils so cleanup is easier and more cost-effective.
  • Place wet floor signs: Snow will inevitably make its way through your doors on the bottom of people’s boots. Mark the hazard and address it as soon as possible.
  • Remove water with a wet/dry vac: Remove the melted snow that has made its way to carpet and matting. Soft flooring surfaces can hold large amounts of water and lead to mold and mildew.
  • Replace weather-tight seals: Check your doors and windows to ensure their seals aren’t worn out. If they’re letting in a draft, it’s time to replace them.

Prepare Your Facility’s Interior

With your facility’s exterior and entryways attended to, thanks to your winterizing checklist, you can turn your attention inside. While staying warm is an obvious concern, you can also safeguard your building’s interior to prepare for the influx of germs. “[Winter] is the most critical time for the prevention of the spread of colds and flu,” warns Smith, “so make sure that touchpoints are cleaned with the proper disinfectant products.” Below are some ideas to get your warm and healthy building checklist started.

  • Tissues and hand sanitizer: Winter is flu and cold season, so make eliminating germs a priority. Keep hand sanitizer near tissues to disinfect germs that may be on hands.
  • Clorox wipes: Disinfectant wipes are a vital tool to combat the spread of germs. Wipe down surfaces like desktops and counters to kill germs before they can migrate.
  • Carpet cleaners: Carpets can harbor germs over lengthy periods of time. Regular carpet cleaning can flush them out and keep the building healthy.
  • Air filters: Stay on top of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by replacing your air filters at the turn of the season.
  • HVAC parts: If the worst case scenario comes to pass and your HVAC equipment stops working, keeping common furnace parts on hand for repair can be a lifesaver.
  • Space heaters: Even the most well-insulated facility can make good use of backup space heaters, especially if your furnace suffers a hiccup.

Add Holiday Cheer

Another way to put the finishing touches on preparing your facility for winter is to consider the comfort of its occupants. Creating a warming atmosphere in the building is a great way to gear up for the season and spread some holiday joy.

  • Stock up on warm drinks: On cold winter days, there’s nothing like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up. If you need a caffeine boost, coffee and tea are great winter warmers too!
  • Decorate with colorful linen: Deck the halls with festive tablecloths, and provide blankets for cozy areas.

Winterizing your facility can take a lot of stress off the holiday season, and keep everyone inside healthy and happy. We offer a complete array of janitorial and facilities supply products to help prepare your facility for cold weather. Select the “Print” icon below to print off this article and start checking things off your list today!

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