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Can you guess which of these statements is true?
If you are outside in extremely cold weather:

A) Your eyeballs could freeze
B) You’ll want to pee
C) You might become so confused, you start undressing

If you answered ‘true’ to all three of the above, you would be RIGHT!

So how or why do these things happen?
Your eyeballs could freeze (yes really!) if you are exposed to extremely cold winds without goggles; you’ll want to pee because your body is trying to get rid of excess fluid; and you might become confused and start undressing because your body is shutting down and you’ll feel like you are burning up when you’re actually losing heat faster than ever.Winter clothes on the snowy ground

While these situations are unlikely in our everyday lives, these are some of the ways that our bodies start to react in extremely cold temperatures.

When you listen to the weather forecast, it is especially important to pay attention to the wind chill factor. The strong winds make our bodies lose heat faster, and so the wind chill tells us how cold it will feel outside.

When the wind chill reaches -30°C, most people will start to feel the effects of frostbite after being outside for 30 minutes.

Frostbite happens once the skin and underlying tissue in our fingers and toes start to freeze. The area will become white, hard and numb.

What can you do to protect yourself from frostbite when it is very cold outside?

Here are 5 simple steps you can take:

Know the weather conditions and pay attention to local forecasts.
Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer.
Don’t drink alcohol, it will make you feel warm even though you are losing heat.
Keep moving to help your body stay warm.
Find shelter and limit the time you spend outside.
While our winter has been milder this year than in the past, we are expecting more of a ‘classic winter’ for the second half of the season.

Boy outdoors in the cold It is important to keep track of the weather forecast, and to be prepared for any sudden changes in the temperature. This is especially important for young children, the elderly and people without permanent housing.

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The worst of the summer heat will have subsided soon. Refreshed by the thought of breathing cooler air, you’re poised to roll up your sleeves and do some fall lawn care. But you should read these tips first. The regimen right for your situation will vary, according to whether your lawn is composed of a warm season turf grass or a cool season turf grass. If you are unsure which type comprises your lawn, take a sample to your local county extension.

Fall Lawn Care Tip: Find Out Your Grass Type
Cool-season turf grasses are so called because they thrive in the cool weather usually associated with spring and autumn. Examples are rye grass, the fescues (both “fine” and “tall” kinds), Kentucky blue grass and bent grass.

By contrast, warm-season turf grasses grow most actively when the weather is warm, which is why they are the preferred grass types of the South in the U.S. Some of their names even make you think “South,” as is the case with Bermuda grass and Saint Augustine grass. Other kinds include zoysia grass and buffalo grass.

To be sure, there will be some fall lawn maintenance you’ll have to do regardless of the type of grass on your lawn. Let’s look at these tasks first:

Apply herbicides to broadleaf weeds
Correct soil pH: if your lawn is not performing well, have your soil tested. If the soil test should show a need to reduce acidity, apply lime now. If alkalinityneeds to be reduced, apply sulfur.
Thatch removal: dethatch your lawn, by raking; for bad cases of soil compaction, you may have to employ the technique known as core aeration, for which lawn equipment known as “aerators” can be bought or rented
Rake leaves, or use a leaf vacuum, lest the leaves smother your grass over the winter
Lawn equipment care: make sure to drain old gas out of lawn mowers after last mowing

The nature of the following fall lawn care chores depends on whether it’s a cool season or warm season turf grass that you have to care for:

Watering during hot, dry spells
Fertilization
Setting lawn mower height
Fall lawn care for cool season grasses includes ensuring that lawns receive enough fall water to carry them through the long winter. Don’t think that because the temperatures outside are no longer consistently high, you can totally forget about watering in the autumn. Overall, you won’t need to water nearly as much as in summer, but during hot, dry spells in autumn, remember to provide sufficient water.

Another fall lawn care tip that applies specifically to the maintenance of cool season grasses is fertilization. Apply 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Or purchase a product that has a low middle number for NPK; for example, Scotts’ “WinterGuard” Turf Builder has an NPK of 32-0-10.

Conversely, avoid fertilizing lawns in autumn that are composed of warm season turf grasses. The latter undergoes a hardening-off process during this time of year to prepare it for winter. Fertilizing warm season grasses in the fall may interfere with that hardening-off process.

So what fall lawn care tasks should you be performing for warm season grasses? By overseeding with annual winter ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), homeowners whose lawns are composed of warm season grasses can enjoy a green carpet during the winter, instead of having to look at a brown lawn. But when you buy the seed, be sure to ask for the annual, not the perennial. Annual winter ryegrass will die back when summer’s heat returns, turning over the lawn once again to the warm season grasses. This exit is a timely one. The problem with the perennial winter ryegrass is that it doesn’t go away, competing with your warm season grasses for sunlight, water and nutrients.

Lawns composed of cool season grasses can also profit from overseeding. But in this case, the motivation behind overseeding lawns is not winter cosmetics, but to fix bare patches — with an eye to next year’s lawn.

Adjusting Mower Height for Fall Mowing:
Adjusting lawn mower height for fall mowing is not an issue with cool season grasses. Just set the height as you normally would, right up until the time when growth stops and you stop mowing. But an adjustment should be made to lawn mower height in the fall for warm season turf grasses: increase the height by 1/2 inch.

So at exactly what height should you set lawn mowers, in general? According to Robert E. Kozlowski at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, mowing your lawn with a lawn mower set at a proper height can save you from having to rake or bag your lawn clippings. His rule of thumb is, “Mow when your grass is dry and 3 to 3-1/2 inches tall. Never cut it shorter then [sic] 2 to 2-1/2 inches or remove more than one third of the leaf surface at any one mowing.”

Kozlowski’s premise is that the valuable nutrients in the grass clippings can do your lawn some good, left right where they lie after mowing — as long as their bulk is kept at a minimum. By following his rule of thumb and cutting only about an inch off the top of your grass at any one time, the bulk of the grass clippings is kept low.

Employing Kozlowski’s lawn care tip will entail more frequent mowing, to be sure. But the result will be a healthier lawn, fed by nutrients that you would otherwise be hauling away. Think of it this way: with Kozlowski’s approach, you’re essentially mowing and fertilizing at the same time. Taking care of two lawn maintenance tasks at once — that works for me.

Some useful lawn equipment to perform this task is the mulching lawn mower. With mulching lawn mowers, you do not need to be quite so careful about the height at which you cut your grass, since the clippings are shredded up more finely. This works much better for those of us who do not generally walk around with tape measures on our belts.

How Long Into the Fall Season Should I Continue to Mow the Lawn?
Those of us who despise mowing can’t wait to retire the mower for another year. But do not be too hasty. Nor should you think that, just because you stopped mowing last year on such-and-such a date, the same end-date will be valid this year.

This question is a lot easier to answer than you might imagine, though. Simply continue to mow the lawn until the grass stops growing! Weather will determine this, not some artificial deadline.

GETTING YOUR BUSINESS READY FOR Fall: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Fall is approaching fast! The weather will be cooling down and everything outside is starting to shine a little brighter, but can you say the same for your commercial property? Consistent property maintenance should be a focus point of all commercial spaces.

Fall is the perfect opportunity for property owners and managers to refresh and restore your commercial spaces and complete projects that you just can’t do during the winter months. Why not hire a professional property maintenance company to handle any and all projects? A safe and tidy workspace will create more efficiencies, sustain your business’s professional appearance, and enhance your employees’ &/or tenants’ morale. Here are a few projects to consider addressing during the warm weather months:

WINDOW WASHING:

Washing your windows can be one of those tasks property managers or business owners put a hold on during the winter. When the sun finally comes out, the remnants of winter distract from blue sky viewing. Cleaning your windows will enhance your work space and brighten moods, as well! By hiring a professional property maintenance company you can be rest assured that the job will get done with the proper equipment.

PARKING LOT SWEEPING:

Harsh winter seasons leave behind leaf, litter and debris build up in your parking lot. If you haven’t maintained a winter parking lot sweeping program, the leftover winter mess will begin to dry up and not only be a aesthetic issue but a major caked on mud issue and dust  problem. Before the summer heat hits hire a commercial sweeping service to clean and collect debris from your parking lot. Also, make sure your parking lot sweeping and property maintenance service uses regenerative sweepers to minimize the amount of dust released into the air while parking lot cleaning.

DUSTING:

If it’s been a while since you’ve really given your space a good dusting and your space has been closed to winter elements for far too long, most likely a good amount of dust has collected in hard-to-reach or out-of-sight spaces. If this is the case, make sure to add this to the spring cleaning list and hire a professional janitorial service to guarantee they take care of those hard-to-reach places and clear out those cobwebs.

Does this all sound like too much for you to handle alone? At Crestview Property Maintenance, Inc. we have been providing these property maintenance services and more for more than 10 years, in the Twin Cities metro Area. Call the experts…Crestview Property Maintenance

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The issue of when to fertilize depends on a variety of factors, most notably the type of grass you have planted on your lawn and the weather conditions you currently experience. By and large, it is important to remember that keeping to hard and fast rules with regard to fertilizing is dangerous; as with mowing and watering your lawn, being overly by the book in scheduling fertilizing can lead to feeding your lawn when it is unprepared. In the hopes of clearing up confusion over when to fertilize, this post offers both a broad overview of fertilizing dates and some tips for successful late summer and fall fertilizing.

When Should You Fertilize?

Why fertilize in late summer or early fall?

By late August and early September, your lawn is suffering; by the end of a long summer, your grass has just completed a period of relative drought. At this time, injecting your lawn with a shot of nitrogen-based fertilize will go a long way toward facilitating grass growth before the fall.

Differences between cool-season grass and warm-season grass

It is important to remember that warm and cool-season grasses should be fertilized differently. For warm-season fertilizer, you want to give your grass a more robust feeding during late summer. This means that if your lawn has Bermudagrass or St. Augustine grass, late August and early September are ideal periods for a substantial feeding. On the other hand, if your lawn has cool-season grasses like bluegrass or fescue, it is best to wait until late fall before giving a more substantial feeding to your lawn. In October or November, use a phosphorous-based fertilizer, which will get your grass healthy before the winter arrives, allowing your lawn to grow more successfully when the spring arrives.

Tips for fertilizing

Before fertilizing, there are some tips to bear in mind. First, never fertilize if you are still experiencing a period of drought; your grass should have recently received water before it gets fed, and it is also important to fertilize immediately after fertilizing. Also remember to fertilize the edges of your lawn, and walk at a normal pace so as to apply your fertilizer at an even distribution. Finally, avoid overfertilizing; giving your lawn too much fertilizer causes the grass to grow too fast and makes it more likely that your lawn will become ridden with disease.
Fertilizing is one of the most important procedures you  can do to stimulate growth and prepare your lawn for winter. As we move through late summer and into early fall, be mindful of the weather conditions and your grass species when deciding when to fertilize.Summer Lawn Care for a Hot Lawn    The Best Way to Fertilize Your Trees!

 

One of the most common by-products of demolition and remodeling is concrete debris. But, when responsibly disposed of, this material can be beneficial.

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Regardless of whether a construction firm is engaged in demolition, remodeling, or even new construction, getting rid of leftover debris is a constant need until the project is complete.

While any construction debris material can be problematic to dispose of, it’s a fact that concrete, masonry, wood, steel, tiling and drywall are especially difficult to remove and haul away from a construction site.

In fact, most contractors will agree that concrete waste disposal can be one of the tougher debris removal tasks on their job sites. Simply taking the rubble and debris to the nearest landfill is not only costly and labor-intensive, it is becoming an increasingly difficult option to pursue.

On the hand, choosing to recycle concrete and masonry rubble is a far more efficient and beneficial option. But the problem is figuring out how to best make that happen.

Fortunately, there are licensed and professional hauling firms such as Crestview Property Maintenance  that are available to handle this type of construction debris.

Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose – Giving New Life to Old Concrete

Handing this type of work over to a reliable third-party firm is a strategic approach for those who are managing job sites. And, aside from the economic, logistical, and efficiency benefits of outsourcing concrete waste disposal, there are the green benefits, as well.

According to an article in Wikipedia, reusing concrete rubble is a growing practice,

When structures made of concrete are demolished or renovated, concrete recycling is an increasingly common method of utilizing the rubble. Concrete was once routinely trucked to landfills for disposal, but recycling has a number of benefits that have made it a more attractive option in this age of greater environmental awareness, more environmental laws, and the desire to keep construction costs down.

Not only does concrete recycling help reduce new construction costs, it has a significant impact on the environment. The same entry in Wikipedia points out some of these green benefits:

  • Keeping concrete debris out of landfills saves landfill space.
  • Using recycled concrete can conserve natural resources by reducing the need for gravel mining, water, coal, oil and gas.
  • Using recycled concrete as the base material for roadways reduces the pollution involved in trucking material.
  • Recycling concrete can create more employment opportunities.
  • Recycling concrete drag down the cost for buying raw materials and transporting the waste to landfill sites.
  • Recycling one ton of cement could save 1,360 gallons water, 900 kg of CO2.

 

 

Concrete Debris Recycling Provides Useful Products

Once your concrete waste and debris has been cleaned up and removed from your job site it doesn’t simply get hauled off to the nearest landfill. In fact, whenever possible, the waste from concrete removal is recycled and reused in a number of ways.

Here are five of the most common uses for the millions of tons of waste concrete produced in the United States each year:

Concrete Aggregate

Crushed recycled concrete can also be used as the dry aggregate for brand new concrete if it is free of contaminants. The California Department of transportation (Caltrans), for example allows the use of recycled concrete aggregate, or RCA, for specific applications. And the City of San Francisco has approved the use of RCA as and aggregate concrete for use in curbs, gutter, sidewalk, and street base.

Road Building

Smaller pieces of concrete are regularly used as gravel for new road construction projects. Sub-base gravel is laid down as the lowest layer in a road, with fresh concrete or asphalt poured over it. In addition, concrete pavements can be broken in place and used as a base layer for an asphalt pavement through a process called rubblization.

Gabion Construction

Wire gabions, or cages, can be filled with crushed concrete and then stacked together to provide economical retaining walls. These gabions can also be used to protect embankments or other structures. In such cases even bigger sizes of the crushed and recycled concrete can be used. These gabions function well because of their weight and density.

Riprap

Larger pieces of crushed concrete can be used as riprap revetments, which has become an effective and well-used method for controlling stream bank erosion.This material can be seen along the shoreline, around ditch pipe, and in much landscaping. Typically, the material is usually broken down to pieces between 10 and 18 inches across.

Landscaping Products

Coming from certain crushing facilities, well graded and aesthetically pleasing materials is produced for use as a substitute for landscaping stone or aggregate. Some types of reused concrete, also known as “urbanite,” can be used for constructing benches, garden walls, rockeries, raised beds, foundations for terraces, as well as paths and patios.

Part of the beauty of outsourcing the pick up and disposing of concrete waste is the convenience. But, just as important, is the very real impact that having your concrete debris recycled and reused. California, for example, is one of the leading states in the processing and reuse of concrete and other waste building materials, and local contractors are a big part of that movement.

Be Sure to Get the Best for Concrete Disposal

Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly construction waste disposal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your project is complete. One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service.

Whether you need our services several times during a construction project or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the construction debris is out of your way so that you can get on with the job.

Our professional and insured hauling team will call 15 minutes before we arrive on your site and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your debris takes up in our truck. We haul the construction waste into our junk removal trucks and with no hidden fees.

Our team specializes in construction debris removal. We can be at your facility in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.

If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at 612-207-0274

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DAY PORTERS

Does your business have enough traffic during the day that it gets dirty enough to cause concern that your clients would be uncomfortable? Many businesses have this issue and solve the problem by having a day porter. Day porter services are normally between 4-8 hours per day. A common thought is that if the day porter comes works from 10:00AM – 2:00PM and tidies up the front lobby, break rooms/cafeterias, and restrooms then the building is much more acceptable to their clients.

An 8 hour day porter can provide coverage from 8:00AM – 4:30PM and can help with emergencies such as people (or kids in a school) getting sick, helping set up or tear down rooms for events, etc.Please give us a call with any questions you would have as we offer a free guaranteed fixed price quote for any services that we provide.

Summer Lawn Care for a Hot Lawn

 

Your lawn may feel the heat as summer sets in, but don’t worry: Turf is tough.  With some wise care, most lawns will soon rebound to their green glory. Here are some reminders for keeping lawns healthy through July and August.

Know Your Grass

Perennial turfgrasses are either cool-season or warm-season. Cool-season grasses – like fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass – grow more vigorously in cooler months. Warm-season grasses – like bermudagrass and zoysiagrass – grow most during hotter months.


Knowing what kind of grass or grasses are in your lawn will help you know how to deal with the summer heat. Tall fescue lawns tend to be more heat tolerant than Kentucky bluegrass and red fescue, which take the heat better than perennial ryegrass.


So, if you don’t know already, find out what grasses are in your lawn. Knowing what you have growing will help you properly mow and water, if needed, this summer. Your local garden center or university extension office can help with plant identification. The Center for Turfgrass Management, at Penn State University, provides video descriptions of many major turfgrass species at

Water Wise

One-inch to 1.5 inches of rain per week will sustain most turfgrasses in most zones. Heat and humidity can also affect the amount of water needed. So if it doesn’t rain, should you water the yard? For lawns recently seeded, the answer is probably yes; newer seedings are still developing root systems that will get the grass through future summers. Most guidelines advise watering deeply (1 to 1.5 inches) twice weekly.


If you water: Water in the morning to avoid a wet lawn overnight, which can promote disease. And early morning watering helps water soak into the sod before the day heats up.

Bear the Brown?

Watering may not be necessary, even during mild droughts; cool-season grasses will go dormant during periods of excess heat. Leaves will brown but the roots are likely still healthy, and the grass will usually green with fall rains and moderating temperatures. Tall fescue is known for being drought tolerant in this way; many Kentucky bluegrass varieties may brown during summer droughts of up to one month, then recover when rains begin.


That’s right – instead of watering the yard to keep it green all summer, consider letting nature run its course. Natural browning can even help control some yard pests, like grubs, in some areas.

Cut It High

And finally: Raise that mower deck. No matter how much the heat, the rule of thumb for turf health is to cut off no more than one-third the height of the grass. Ideal cutting heights vary according to variety, but many turfgrassses are healthiest when cut two to four inches.


Cutting a typical tall fescue yard higher during summer heat, say 3 to 3.5 inches, might even reduce the amount of summer mowing needed. Just be ready to return to more regular mowing when rains and cooler temperatures come, because proper summer care will help your yard return to all its green glory this fall.

Renters Left Their Junk!

 

Landlords always wonder what to do when their tenant leaves behind junk. There are a few things you need to do before getting rid of the stuff they left behind.

First, make sure the tenant actually abandoned the property before assuming so. If the renter left the keys behind then it is pretty clear that they will not return. The next step to take would be sending a certified letter in the mail to the address that was rented out in the tenants name. Include in the letter that they have 24 hours to pick up their belongings or else it will be trashed. This is proof that you tried to reach out to them incase they try to take you to court.

After the 24 hours has passed, change all the locks in the house. Even though they might have left the keys there, you never know if they made copies of them. Next you should take pictures of all the items that were left behind so you can document everything.

All the junk that was left there belongs to you now. It is your choice if you want to keep items or throw them away. Most of the time tenants will call companies like ours to come remove everything so they can get the property back on the market. We do our best to come out as soon as we can to get the job done.

When we get to the house we will determine what can be donated and what will not. We load the truck up by putting all the items that can be donated towards the front of the truck so it is easy to get them out when bringing them to the donation center. We always provide our customers with an electronic receipt so they can have proof of the haul away.

So next time you find yourself in a pickle because your tenant left you a mess to deal with, remember we will always be there to help. It also may be smart to talk to an attorney before trashing any of their belongings just to make sure you are going by your city’s law.

Call Crestview Property Maintenance we offer same day service and scheduled services to fit your needs.

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BE PROACTIVE VS. REACTIVE ABOUT PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

There’s a popular saying that encourages us to expect the best, but prepare for the worst.

A homeowner or business owner will also tell you, more than likely, they wished they had prepared for whatever unexpected issue showed up uninvited. Much like ordering extra food for a party in case extra guests make an appearance, it’s better to be prepared than caught off guard. The good news is, companies like Crestview Property Maintenance we make the pesky task of preparation easier and stress free. We take on the responsibility of checking off items on the old to-do list while property owners focus on the day-to-day operations of their investment.

 

It is commonly attributed to life events like job interviews or vacation plans, however, the same advice can be applied to property maintenance. Ask any homeowner or business owner what they’ve learned in the process of becoming the owner of a particular property. Somewhere in their answer will be the epiphany to accept the unexpected will eventually find you. Whether it’s damage from a storms, or age catching up to the structures, ultimately something happens that requires action.

How to Be Proactive Instead of Reactive

 

Leaning on professionals with experience in prepping and maintaining walkways, parking lots, and garages is the best way to ensure issues are recognized before they have the opportunity to progress. The quickest way to solve a problem is to address it before it’s given the chance to develop. Prevention is, and always will be, less expensive than intervention. Taking advantage of the services we offer could be the difference in reacting to a potential issue down the road, or being proactive in making sure it doesn’t occur at all.

 

Many will assume property owners could handle proactive tasks all on their own, but the reality is property maintenance is essentially a full-time job on its own. It’s nearly impossible for a property owner to focus on preventative measures while handling urgent issues and day-to-day responsibilities–which is why it’s best to trust us instead. At Crestview Property Maintenance, we’ll take the weight of assessing and preventing issues off your shoulders so you can focus on the true tasks required of being a property owner.

 

Prevention Task List

 

Inspecting the property is crucial to get a clear understanding of the grounds, including the building, windows, parking lot, walkways, garages, and more. Doing so will allow us to see and assess the current state of each location to determine differences and shifts going forward. When inspecting the grounds, it’s important to look at the landscaping, including all fences and lighting. Making a note of the type of each and when to restructure or replace the materials associated with them. The same is true when inspecting the parking lot. We’ll consider the current state of line striping, parking breaks, and surrounding sidewalks; repainting and pressure washing as needed. Being proactive in these areas ensures safety for the property owner, employees, and customers, as well as presents a pleasing aesthetic. It’s a win/win for everyone.

 

This prevention task list of sorts should also cover the building exterior and interior. For the outside of the property, it’s important to notice the condition of walkways, entries, roofing, and foundation. Regular inspections ensure shifts or cracks are noticed almost immediately and can be addressed before they worsen or spread into surrounding areas. While inspecting, we take the time to clean skylights, windows, gutters, and drains to prevent blockages and unsightly views. For the inside of the property, inspections include plumbing and electrical panels. Fire alarms and smoke detectors are tested and cleaned, if necessary, to make sure they’re ready and functioning properly in the unfortunate event they’re assistance is required.

 

A simple prevention task list encompassing all the needs of property maintenance is the best way to catch small issues before they become big problems. Customizing a plan for your particular property is easy and effective and will help achieve all of your goals in taking care of preventing the unexpected. There’s no denying a clean space is a productive space, so why not allow Crestview Property Maintenance to handle the cleaning and inspections for you. Doing so allows you time to focus on the rest.

 

Trust Crestview Property Maintenance with Your Property Maintenance Needs

 

Establishing a routine that involves regular inspections for every potential scenario surrounding the maintenance of a property relieves the stress of ownership. Sure, issues will still arise, but it’s much better to be prepared for them. Choosing to be proactive instead of reactive can save you stress and money; both items any property owner wishes there were more of. Crestview Property Maintenance can help. Reach out to us today for all of your property maintenance concerns. You can expect the best while we prepare for, and ultimately prevent, the worst.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF RETAIL STOREFRONT CLEANLINESS

 

May23rd 2018 By Jayson Dahl

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If you own or manage a retail store, then you may take great strides to keep the interior of your store clean and organized to keep customers satisfied. However, if you don’t put much effort into keeping your exterior storefront clean, then you likely do not understand that a clean storefront is just as important as a clean store interior.

Read on to learn just how important storefront cleanliness is and learn three storefront cleaning tips.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN STOREFRONT

There are two main reasons you should keep your storefront clean: customer satisfaction and premise liability law.

Customer Satisfaction

No matter how many regular customers you currently have, you are likely always looking forward to gaining new customers to increase store revenue. You may not realize that the key to attracting those new customers could be as simple as cleaning your storefront up.

Ninety-five percent of shoppers take a storefront’s appearance into consideration when deciding whether to even enter the store or not. In addition, over half of all retail shoppers surveyed stated that they have chosen not to enter a store simply because the storefront was not clean.

Premise Liability Law

In addition, all business owners are required to keep their properties free from hazards that could lead to the public injuring themselves on the property. Slip-and-fall accidents are extremely common, and about one million Americans experience slip-and-fall injuries each year. Many of these falls occur in store parking lots.

While you may take care to fix parking lot potholes and cracks that could lead to slip-and-falls your business could be held liable for, you may not realize that your business could also be held liable for slipand-fall accidents that occur due to a customer slipping on a liquid such as oil in your parking lot or tripping over debris on your lot.

STOREFRONT CLEANING TIPS

Keeping your storefront clean doesn’t have to be difficult. Try implementing the following tips

1. Sweep and Inspect the Parking Lot at Least Every Morning

Be sure to clear your parking lot of debris every morning before your store opens to remove items your customers could trip on during the course of your business day. While clearing debris, also inspect the lot for spilled liquids, such as oil that may have leaked from cars, and clean up these spills promptly to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.

Also, have employees check the lot often throughout the day for new debris and fall hazards, and have them clean it up promptly.

2. Have Graffiti Removed Promptly

Graffiti is a large problem in California today. In fact, in one recent year alone, over 32 million square feet of graffiti had to be cleaned up in the city of Los Angeles alone. If you frequently or occasionally arrive at your store to see that your storefront has been vandalized with graffiti, then it is very important to have it cleaned up by professionals promptly.

Graffiti removal professionals have an array of graffiti removal products and techniques they can use to restore the exterior surface of your building back to its original condition without damaging it.

The longer the graffiti remains on your storefront, the more shoppers the graffiti will likely deter.

3. Have Your Parking Lot Professionally Cleaned Annually

No matter how often you sweep your parking lot and clean up spills, it can be tough to remove embedded dirt, tire marks, and stains that accumulate on its surface. This makes it important to have your parking lot cleaned by a cleaning company at least once a year. After professional parking lot cleaning, you may be surprised when many of the parking lot stains you thought were permanent are able to be removed easily with the right professional cleaning products.

If you are a retail business owner or manager, then realize that the cleanliness of your storefront is just as important as the cleanliness of the interior of your store. Contact Crestview Property Maintenance  for all of your retail store exterior cleaning needs.

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Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th weekend.

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