UK lagging behind in the shift to more daytime cleaning

It is a rare sight in the UK for employees to see professional cleaners topping up hand towel dispensers, stocking soap dispensers or professional carpet cleaning during their daytime shift.

Throughout the rest of Europe there has been a substantial increase of daytime cleaning services in all sectors with more than a quarter of cleaning across Europe taking place in the daytime.

Traditionally in the UK daytime cleaning was only seen in airports, transport hubs, shopping centres, 24 hour industrial operations and educational buildings.

Most businesses followed the cleaning route of evening shifts, claiming their staff would be disturbed by professional cleaning; such as industrial steam cleaners and stocking paper towel dispensers during work hours.

But more and more employers are seeing the positive effects that cleaning throughout the day can offer, including consistent standards of cleanliness lasting the entire day rather than a deterioration of hygiene as the day progresses.

Key benefits to daytime cleaning are maintaining an agreed level of cleanliness, reduced costs, increased productivity and enhanced customer care.

Flexibility is inherent in daytime cleaning services, providing cleaners the opportunity to respond to any situation.

Employers can adapt schedules to meet the needs of customers whether this is identifying operational peaks, or arranging job allocations based on the planned usage of meeting rooms. Also cleaners can immediately respond in the case of unforeseen accidents and spillages, minimising the required clean up time and promoting a clean and hygienic working atmosphere.

Daytime cleaning also attracts a higher calibre of employee with its more sociable working hours and higher staff retention rates.

With benefits like these, employers throughout the UK may begin to see the advantages of daytime cleaning and make the switch.