It’s no secret that winter weather can be harsh on a church building. Cold temperatures, snow, salt and ice can wreak havoc on a facility’s interior and exterior. When spring weather rolls around, church facility managers may find that several areas of their facility require maintenance attention. Here are eight areas to consider when assembling a spring cleaning plan for your church.
8 Tips for Church Spring Cleaning
1. Pinpoint your facility's biggest problem areas
The first step to successful spring cleaning is to take a walk through your building and grounds, and identify any asset that may require maintenance attention. Include facility team members in this process by asking them if they have any projects they would like to add to a spring cleaning checklist. To get your team started with an interior cleaning routine, download AkitaBox’s Church Cleaning Checklist and custom-tailor it to meet your church’s custodial needs.
As longer days and warmer weather come around, give your facility’s siding and walkways the attention they need after being exposed to damaging salt residue and dirt during winter months. To clean siding, use a pressure washer and a concentrated cleaning solution. To clean walkways, start by sweeping. Then, apply detergent or degreaser using a pressure washer. Finish by power washing the concrete. Clean exteriors make a great first impression, so take the time to give your building’s exterior a facelift this spring.
3. Take the time to clean roof extensions
Awnings, gutters and other roof overhangs often bear the brunt of abuse from winter elements. They can also trap outdoor debris and collect bird droppings. To rid your building’s overhangs of dirt and grime, use a pressure washer with cleaner and degreaser. Never use a pressure washer while standing on a ladder. Instead, use a curved gutter cleaning attachment for your pressure washer. You’ll be able to spray directly into the gutter while standing on the ground. If you find that your gutters have too much debris, attempt to clean out the blockage by hand to avoid clogged downspouts.
4. Test out your facility’s air conditioning units
Prepare your church for rising summer temperatures by servicing all air conditioning units on your property. A/C units that have been sitting idle for months are likely dirty from accumulation of grime and oxidation film. Dirty A/C units could impact performance and cost you money through increased energy usage. Start by conducting a coil cleaning on each A/C unit. Clean, efficient units will not only improve your facility’s indoor air quality, they’ll also reduce unpleasant odors and allergens within the air.
5. Give maintenance vehicles and outdoor equipment a wash
Does your facilities department use winter utility vehicles? If so, springtime is the perfect time to give them a thorough wash. During the winter, vehicles will often accumulate residual salt buildup. This buildup can cause corrosion and damage to the finish of vehicles if not removed. Protect and extend the life of your vehicles and their attachments (including snowplows, salt spreaders and truck beds) by applying car wash detergent and spraying them down with water.
6. Deep clean carpeting, flooring and rugs in high-traffic areas
During winter, entrance matting is great for preventing dirt, snow and moisture from damaging your facility’s flooring. But once spring rolls around, your facility’s mats will need a good cleaning. Begin my vacuuming the tops of rugs to remove dry dirt. Then, flip mats over and vacuum again to shake free any remaining particles. If your mats have crusty salt stains, soak them in hot water with a neutralizer solution. Then, extract water by using a brush-and-vac system. Dry thoroughly before reinstalling.
7. Wipe down and disinfect your facility’s trash bins
This spring, disinfect trash receptacles and areas around them. Warmer weather can create a damp and smelly breeding ground for insects and pests in your facility. Start by spraying down empty trash bins and applying soap. Rinse and apply disinfectant. You may find it helpful to apply a deodorizer to trash bins as well. The goal is to remove stuck-on grime, dirt and messes that can make your facility smell less than fresh.
8. Freshen up your facility’s public restrooms
While many custodial workers have a regular cleaning routine for restrooms, it is still a good idea to conduct periodic deep cleanings to eliminate lingering dirt, dust, bacteria and messes. When deep cleaning a restroom, take time to remove built up grime and mold, polish fixtures, wipe down partitions, and scrub walls near toilets and urinals. You may find it helpful to re-caulk sinks and take note of any assets (including mirrors, toilet paper holders, towel dispensers and baby changing stations) that need to be repaired or replaced.
Spring cleaning and maintenance will not only improve the appearance of your building, it will also ensure that assets work better for last longer, which can save your church time and money in the long run. You may find that a few proactive measures this spring will make a difference in keeping assets in great shape, all year round.
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Providing church-goers with superior comfort and cleanliness should be a high priority for facility managers. To learn more about cleaning and maintaining your church, check out AkitaBox’s 2019 Guide to Church Care and Religious Facility Maintenance. Facility managers will find best practices for deep-cleaning and maintaining churches, along with insight on innovative building design, budgeting strategies and cutting-edge facility management software. Learn more about the ebook and its contents here.