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How to minimise downtime when cleaning the office

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Cleaning should be a regular part of business operations, but most companies don’t have the time, manpower or equipment needed to do this themselves. Professional cleaning providers are the obvious solution. These contract cleaning companies play a vital role in workplace hygiene and safety standards, but how do you ensure that downtime is minimised while cleaning the office or sanitising the premises?

IWESCO is able to perform a number of cleaning operations, from industrial and commercial to specialised and once-off cleaning. We can help businesses to save time and money on cleaning while ensuring that a world-class standard of hygiene is achieved. We aim to minimise downtime for customers when sanitising, disinfecting or cleaning their work environments.

Steps to reduce downtime while cleaning

1. Strategic planning

When cleaning a busy work environment, proper planning is needed before making a start. Some cleaning operations, such as vacuuming or pressure washing, may disturb employees and their tasks. Strategic planning is needed to coordinate the cleaning tasks and ensure that staff disruptions are kept to a minimum during the whole process. Chat to your cleaning service provider about the plan, if you’d like more insight.

When performing commercial cleaning, IWESCO handles the entire process, from planning to execution. As a leading cleaning service provider, we know how to reduce downtime and enable customers to maintain their productivity. In addition, we use professional cleaning equipment and eco-friendly detergents to minimise our impact on the environment.

2. Ensure that staff are prepared

This may sound simple but many businesses forget to notify their staff about the impending cleaning process. Make sure that you prepare your staff so that they know what to expect. Some cleaning jobs can be conducted during lunch breaks or after hours, but if this is not possible, then your staff may need to make themselves scarce during the cleaning process. Luckily, some cleaning jobs are fairly quick, so any downtime is reduced.

3. Hire the best cleaning provider

Spend some time doing online research and don’t be afraid to ask for quotes from various contract cleaners. It’s important that you find the best cleaning provider for your needs. Be sure to choose one that has the correct cleaning equipment, training, knowledge and materials.

IWESCO has many branches throughout South Africa, so we can be on-site within a day in most major metropolitan areas and within a couple of days in remote regions of the country. Our staff is highly trained in best practices and the use of specialised cleaning equipment. They also have full personal protective equipment (PPE) and fogging machines that are ideal for sanitising at-risk offices amid Covid outbreaks.

In addition, IWESCO holds ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, ISO 9001 certification for quality management systems and we are a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier. Minimise downtime and disruptions during office cleaning by choosing the right contract cleaning company. For more information on our cleaning services or to request a quote, please contact us today.


IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and waste control services to industrial and commercial customers in South Africa. These services are aimed at minimising our customers’ impact on the environment. Our services also include pest control, garden maintenance, fogging and disinfecting. Our staff are highly trained to offer the most professional services. IWESCO is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.

We are a one-stop shop for all your contract cleaning and waste control needs and have a national footprint. Our head office is located in Tshwane but we can provide services to any industrial and commercial client in the major metropolitan areas around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mbombela and more.

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