As inner-city living becomes increasingly popular in Newcastle, we are seeing a rise in the amount of strata managed properties in the city and surrounding suburbs. In a city the size of Newcastle, strata living offers all the benefits of living near the heart of the CBD, whilst also remaining an affordable option.
In addition to the popularity of residential strata living, commercial office space in the city is also a sought after commodity. Part of the appeal of living and working in strata managed properties is the maintenance and cleaning of common areas that is arranged by strata companies. Here at Adamstown Cleaning, we have extensive experience providing strata cleaning services to a range of different types of properties. So we thought we’d share with you a complete run-down on what’s really involved:
Outside the premises
Keeping a well-maintained car park is not only important from an aesthetic perspective for staff and visitors, it can also prevent the likelihood of criminal activity on your premises.
Graffiti and Vandalism
Graffiti and vandalism on your property can be a real eyesore and immediately gives a bad impression. Depending on the “artist’s” choice of paint, usually a high pressure washer and paint softener will do the trick.
External cleaning of a strata property also includes external window surfaces. For hard to reach areas, usually an extendable, water-fed washer will do the trick.
In a city like Newcastle where we are blessed with sea breeze from all angles, this also means that strata properties near the sea or harbour may also experience salt build up on external windows which will require regular attention.
Rubbish and Recycling Removal
Commercial rubbish and recycling needs to be taken care of to keep the business looking clean and in line with OHS regulations. Strata cleaners need to make sure all rubbish is collected stored safely for disposal. Check out our blog post on reducing office waste for some helpful tips.
Inside the premises
Most strata properties will have a variety of floor surfaces to deal with. Vacuuming over the carpet, floorboards and hardwood surfaces is essential for each cleaning visit. Wet and dry mopping of tiles and other hard surfaces is also necessary.
Dusting and wiping over interior surfaces will keep all of those neglected areas sparkling. Trouble areas usually include window sills, shelves, desks and skirting boards.
Interior windows & Doors
Interior doors (especially glass ones), door handles and windows will all collect fingerprints and grime very quickly. Strata cleaners need to target these every time.
Stairs and Handrails
High traffic areas like stairwells need attention on a regular basis. This includes vacuuming, mopping and wiping down all surfaces.
Many commercial strata managed building have a communal kitchen space which will require sanitising and cleaning of all surfaces. Cleaners will also need to vacuum to remove all crumbs and food scraps, including behind appliances and furniture. If you need some extra motivation to make sure your office kitchen is kept clean, take a look at what the 5 dirtiest office items are.
These are some of the main strata cleaning tasks that need to be carried out on a regular. Take a look around your office and do a quick spot check of the areas we have highlighted when you get a chance. If you think things aren’t quite up to scratch, contact us at Adamstown Cleaning for a quote today.