Spring fever is in full swing, and hopefully it has hit your studio.
As a studio owner, cleaning should always be a priority, but a deep clean should be done on a consistent basis to ensure you are providing the ideal environment for your clients.
Mindy Porell, the owner of BreatheMoreYoga in Tolland, Connecticut, explained the front desk staff at her studio have a cleaning checklist they follow to ensure no area of the studio is missed. While the floor is mopped each day, there are certain tasks she puts on the list just as a reminder to be done.
“Each day of the week has a different checklist based on what needs cleaned that day,” said Porell. “The staff can just pull that out and check what needs to be done. Even if they are subbing for someone else on a different day, they will still have a sheet saying what needs to be done for that day. I have put together a manual that runs them through each of these steps for each cleaning task. It has been extremely helpful.”
Within that manual Porell created, it goes over what should be done based on the season. During the winter time, there are different protocols than in the summer.
“Because we are in the Northeast and have snowstorms from November until the end of March, students can tend to track in salt,” said Porell. “The hallway also has wooded floors and we have to use the Swiffer there, and the mats have to be shaken out and vacuumed as well. In the summer, the staff just need to shake out our front door mats opposed to having to vacuum them to get the salt out in the winter.”
Top Three Things to Clean
Porell also explained the top three touchpoints she ensures her staff hits on when cleaning are the floors, blankets and bathrooms. She suggested these are the highlights students will normally compare a studio by when visiting, and it can be the differentiating factor between a guest becoming a long-time student.
“With cleaning our blankets, I try to use a detergent that doesn’t have any scent,” said Porell. “You never know who would even have a reaction to something simple like lavender. Dryer sheets can also be carcinogenic, so I try to use organic and all natural — we use the Meijer’s brand for dryer sheets. I wouldn’t use anything in our studio that I wouldn’t use at home.”
Get Rid of Food and Waste
When creating a clean space in your studio’s lobby or locker space, Porell also suggested eliminating as much food and waste as possible.
“I used to have a candy dish at our front desk, and one year we had mice,” said Porell. “We immediately got rid of the candy dish and eliminated all food. We haven’t seen any mice since. Try to get rid of all food as quickly as possible, even if it’s a banana peel or apple core your students eat before or after class and then throw in the garbage. Make sure to keep up with that and have your staff take out the trash frequently.”
All in all, cleaning should always be top of mind for you, your staff and your instructors. “Treat the studio the way you would treat your home,” said Porell. “Look at it like you are inviting people into your home, and you would never want people to be in a dirty home.”