Cleaning a vet’s office takes a little more effort than your typical business. Dirt and grime can get trapped in hard-to-reach places that are easy to miss. Take advantage of a few expert tips that will point out a few hidden spots under, behind, or around tricky areas to simplify your cleaning routine. With this inspiration, your clinic will feel so bright and refreshed even your four-legged patients will notice.
Under the Reception Desk
Not every cleaning crew includes the tangled wires under the reception desk because the area is hard to get to. It’s challenging for the workers to move rolling chairs and file cabinets on every trip, and if it’s not in plain sight, your office staff could also miss this mess.
Most of the cords from your office equipment, like the computer, monitor, and telephone, are tucked behind the desk where they collect pet hair, dander, dirt, and dust. First, unplug the equipment from the power source, then straighten the lines so you can clean every surface. Next, use a disinfectant spray (go green, if possible!) to dampen a microfiber cloth, then wipe down the cords and cables.
Bonus tip: If you haven’t already, label each plug for easy identification, loop them together, and secure the bundle with cable ties or Velcro straps. This habit makes it easier to manage the mess when you tackle this project again next month.
The HVAC System
Chances are good that the HVAC system in your veterinarian office runs at full capacity all day long. It’s an essential component for everyone’s comfort, especially for people with air quality sensitivities. However, these areas collect massive amounts of contaminants like pollen, dust mites, and mold that can trigger allergic reactions in both pets and humans.
You’ll have to wait until after hours to take care of this particular “hidden place,” as you’ll have to turn your HVAC system off. Now, take the vent covers down and vacuum inside the opening. Wash the vent covers with hot soapy water, replace them, and turn your attention to ceiling fans if your practice has them. Clean each blade carefully on both sides with a damp cloth, then use glass cleaner and a paper towel to tidy up the glass domes.
Bonus tip: If it’s been more than two years since you had your HVAC system’s ducts cleaned, it may be time to hire a professional. These areas can fill with allergy-causing components, and an expert can inspect your HVAC’s ductwork and clean or repair it if necessary. This service can vastly improve the air quality of your vet office.
Light Switches and Doorknobs
Your clinic’s staff and customers touch doorknobs, handles, and light switches throughout the day. Some surfaces may even come in contact with a wet nose or two, making these hidden places perfect for spreading germs that affect people and animals. While we see these spots a thousand times a day, it’s easy to overlook them. Use an antimicrobial wipe to clean these areas throughout the day.
Waiting Room Furniture
Whether your seats are leather, woven, or vinyl, upholstered furniture in your clinic’s waiting and exam rooms is probably pretty grungy. Give your office a polished and professional appearance and clean them periodically. Not only does it extend the life of the fabric, but it also makes a better place for your customers to lounge while they are waiting for a consultation.
Try using a solution of half white vinegar and half water. Dip in a microfiber cloth, wring out the excess moisture, and gently rub the furniture’s surface. Don’t saturate the upholstery, and remember to dry it with a fresh, clean cloth. You can even apply a leather furniture conditioner if needed.
Electronic Office Equipment
The whole staff shares the electronic equipment at most vet clinics, from receptionists and techs to veterinarians. Unfortunately, the touchpads, keyboards, and the mouse are areas notorious for harboring germs that could put your whole staff on sick leave. Encourage employees to wipe down shared office equipment like copy machines, scanners, and telephones with a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe after each use and attend to items like lamps, paper sorters, and file baskets at least once a week.
Carpet and Rugs
While it’s unlikely your clinic has a ton of carpet, you may have a few rugs around the office for comfort and functionality. Mats can be quite versatile. However, they can also pick up plenty of dirt, especially in high-traffic areas. While it does help to vacuum regularly, that merely pulls surface dirt out of the fiber. We recommend an occasional deep cleaning to keep them looking and smelling fresh. This project will also help extend their life span, so you don’t have to replace them as frequently.
Cleaning hidden places in a veterinarian office can help keep your staff, customers, and patients healthy and happy. Your office will look and feel better, and it could lead to a few referrals. If you want the cleanest animal clinic in the city, contact us for help.