Don’t Take Risks While Cleaning; It’s Not Worth It

by Lana Miller - June 21, 2018

A professional cleaning service has a duty not only to provide quality housekeeping services when requested by personal residences, business offices, or other buildings but also to ensure the safety of everyone involved. While expert cleaning services are generally safe and effective for both residential and commercial customers, safety should be a primary consideration with the use of cleaning products and professional equipment to avoid injuries and possible legal ramifications. Furthermore according to law experts, whether temporarily or permanently disabled, most people have the right to workers compensation benefits. So to prevent complications, safety is a top concern, and one that should be planned and prepared for.

1. Follow industry guidelines.

A professional cleaning company should be familiar with industry standards and be prepared to follow them to optimize successful cleaning strategies and minimize safety risks, especially with some more dangerous or tricky issues such as improper wiring or pest infestations. Taking shortcuts or ignoring guidelines on some of these common household issues can lead to severe problems compromising legal protection and human safety.

2. Apply safety standards.

Thorough safety procedures should be used for every assignment so that the housekeeping team can safely clean the premises of the client properties. Methods often include proper setup to ensure correct amounts of cleaning products are used with adequate ventilation. Equipment like vacuum sweepers should be checked routinely to ensure it is operating correctly and safely. Not doing so could lead not only to equipment failure or product misuse but also may cause severe injuries to either residents or the cleaning staff.

3. Take added precautions.

With specific housekeeping jobs, extra precautions may be needed. For example, cleaning areas inhabited or used by children or pets requires a cautious approach to ensure no toxic product residue remains on cleaned surfaces that may be harmful afterward. Polished floors must be given enough time to dry to prevent slips and falls by customers who live in the home or work on the premises. Warning signs or blockages may need to be posted temporarily to alert users that surfaces may be slippery and should be avoided or used with care.

4. Use eco-friendly products.

The cleaning company may want to consider using eco-friendly products that are safe for the home or office as well as occupants. Safely cleaning the premises is easier when using cleaners and products that won’t harm the environment and that don’t pose safety hazards through skin contact or respiration. Used scrub water and product residue or containers should be disposed of according to hazmat procedures.


Using protective gear, following industry guidelines, and going the extra mile for safety if needed all can help to keep everyone safe and the premises looking great. Make safety a primary consideration to ensure the customer’s and employees’ well being.