Now that spring is officially here, it’s time to do the all-important spring cleaning that store managers have been patiently waiting to do for months. If you’re late to the task, no worries! DMG has compiled a list of interior and exterior spring cleaning tips to help you prepare for the big day!
Plan Your Day
Cleaning your entire store usually means making a larger mess before the cleaning is actually done. Therefore, your cleaning day should be one where your store is closed, if possible. If you’re open every day, plan for after-hours or whenever your store sees the least amount of traffic.
You’ll want to start with the interior of your store and then move to the outside once that is complete. Trying to do both at once can be overwhelming. Work from the back of your store all the way to the front entrance.
Although not the most exciting part of the cleaning process, bathrooms are perhaps the most necessary. No customer wants to see a nasty bathroom. This is something that should be done regularly, but store mangers might as well add it to the spring cleaning process as well. From toilets to mirrors, everything should be wiped down.
Work From the Top Down
Check your ceilings for dust and dirt that has piled up throughout the winter. Once that is finished, start cleaning your shelves. Remove your products from the shelves in order to clean them most effectively. Make sure to start from the top in order to prevent dust from getting on clean shelves below.
Rearrange Your Merchandise
Review the merchandise on your shelves and get rid of any unnecessary products, specifically in the clearance section. Products that haven’t been touched in months should be removed from your shelves immediately.
Shine Your Floors
Once you’ve cleaned and organized everything that is elevated, it is time to sweep and wax your floors. Start from the back of the store and make your way forward. Be sure to assess the corners and crevices that don’t see a lot of action.
Entrance is Key
It’s important to ensure that every aspect of your store is kept clean. However, the entrance is what your customers will see first. Therefore, it is important to make a great first impression on your customers as they enter your store.
Wipe Your Windows
The salt and snow of winter can do a number on your windows. Wipe them both inside and out to where your customers can see their reflection staring back at them!
Color Your Store
Spring offers a feeling of new life to the world. The same can be true for your store. Add a few new decorations and some lively colors that bring a fun and inviting feeling to your customers.
Make Your Repairs
From missing tiles to burnt-out lights or anything else that isn’t working in your store, now is the time to get it fixed. Store managers should do a thorough analysis of their store to check for anything that may be malfunctioning.
Evaluate Your Exterior
After you have cleaned up inside, walk your outdoor property and check for anything that needs to be touched up. Your store’s exterior is the true first impression on your customers, so it is very important to make sure this is part of your spring cleaning as well.
Clean up the Trash
It’s normal for some garbage to be left around your parking lot and store walls, so don’t forget to clean it all up.
Repair Your Parking Lot
Now that the snow is gone, your parking lot will be consistently clear. The snow season can do plenty of wear and tear, though, so follow these parking lot tips to have your lot looking perfect.
The flowers are blooming and the grass is growing, providing a great opportunity to create a beautiful look for customers when entering your store. Plant flowers, mulch your beds, and develop an ongoing plan from spring through the end of fall to keep your exterior looking great.
Show It Off
After you have completed all your hard work, make sure to let everyone know. Post on your social pages to get your customers excited about the new and shiny look of your store.