When December rolls around, the holiday partying mood also descends upon the masses. It’s definitely a happy time, particularly for employees who worked hard for the whole year. Big or small, offices from Auckland to Wellington to the South Island and beyond will be in festive spirits.

However, after everything is said and done, there’s a lot of cleaning up after Christmas parties to be accomplished by office cleaners. Just like you, they also worked hard for the whole year, keeping your workplace sparkling clean. Now they have to work a little more to ensure that any traces of your holiday celebrations are gone by the time you return to work. It’s only right to show them your appreciation!

One great gift idea for commercial cleaners would be new equipment and accessories that can help them do their jobs easier and faster. However, it’s also highly likely that they already have their preferences for their tools of the trade.

For unique, memorable “gifts,” check out the list below for some ideas on what to give your commercial cleaners this Christmas:

An Advance Notice of the Party

If you’re having a Christmas party, New Year’s party, or any kind of festivities, let your cleaners know when and where it will be. Ideally, you should let them know one to two weeks beforehand so they can shuffle their schedule as needed.

Let them know the level of after-party cleaning you need, as well. For example, are your cleaners expected to remove and dispose of party decorations? If you have carpets in the office, do you need these to be deep-cleaned or the usual vacuuming would suffice?

Knowing all of these details can help your cleaners plan their schedule and anticipate the amount of work they need to do.

The Absence of Confetti and Glitter

Confetti and glitter admittedly make things look more festive. However, these are quite difficult to clean. Glitter, in particular, can get into even the most obscure nooks and crannies in your office. Even the most thorough commercial cleaners might miss a few bits and pieces, which can stay in your office well past the Christmas season.

Moreover, confetti and glitter are non-biodegradable. Your party may be sparkly with them, but you’re also harming the planet. Do yourselves, your cleaners, and the Earth a favour and don’t use confetti and glitter for your party decorations and accessories.

The Implementation of “Clean As You Go”

Your office cleaners are there to take care of spills, messes, and trash after a party, yes. However, most if not all of your employees and party guests are adults. Therefore, they’re able to clean up after themselves.

After the party (or any other gathering, for that matter), make it a point to follow the “clean as you go” principle. Stack dishes properly in the sink, segregate and throw your trash in the bin, and separate the recyclables such as glass bottles and cardboard boxes.

Even these simple things can make the job of your commercial cleaners so much easier.

Your Recommendation to Other Clients

Are you satisfied with the services provided by your chosen professional cleaners? One of the best gifts you can give them is your trust and seal of approval. Refer them to people you know who may also be in need of top-notch cleaning services. This is especially important for small or recently launched franchises.

When your cleaner’s business is thriving, they can also provide you with better services through better equipment and more personnel. Referring them to potential clients takes almost no effort, and will benefit both you and your cleaner.

A Nice Meal

Standard office cleaning can already be exhausting. What more if you add party clean-up to the mix? To make sure that your cleaners can keep their strength up as they clean, it’s a good idea to treat them to a hearty meal.

Order them some food to eat before or after cleaning. If you want, match the menu to what you’ve had at the party. You can also give the cleaning team assigned to your office a gift card to a nice restaurant.

Be mindful when you give food as gifts, however. Take note of any religious restrictions, allergies, and practices.

The Security of Your Office

After the party, don’t forget you lock up before you leave. This helps prevent vandalism and theft, which your cleaners may be shocked to deal with the first thing when they come to your office the following morning.

To ensure that this task is accomplished, assign it to someone before the festivities even begin. Think of it as choosing a designated driver for the night.

Finally, make sure that you thank your office cleaners personally and let them know that you appreciate what they do. Nothing is more fulfilling than knowing that your work is valued, no matter what it may be.

Ultimately, the best gift you can give to your commercial cleaners is an easier time at their jobs. As earlier mentioned, they work hard every single day of the year to keep your office clean and organised to ensure your health and safety. The least you can do is to give them a light workday. It’s a simple gift, certainly, but it’s something that will leave a lasting impression.