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How Can You Spring Clean Your Business?

Businesses can become cluttered over the course of their operations. As a result, spring cleaning can help them make a better impression on potential customers by seeming open and spacious while also enabling their operations to run in a smooth and uninterrupted manner by removing potential obstacles. Here are 5 ways to spring clean your business for the best results: De-clutter A business can pick up a wide range of tools, machines, and other items. Some of these items will provide long-lasting usefulness, while others will wear out their welcome quickly. As a result, you should start your spring cleaning by removing items that you no longer need, which means anything that you can’t see yourself using in the near future. If possible, you should either sell or donate these items, but if that isn’t possible, you can still toss them out. Clean Your Interior Once you have cleared out the clutter, you should clean the interior of your business. First, this will make it look more professional, which will enable it to make a better impression on the people who see it. Second, this will make it more of a hindrance to the spread of infectious diseases, which is a serious concern when the flu season is known to last as late as May. Clean Your Exterior At the same time, you need to make sure that the exterior of your business receives the same care and consideration as its interior. In part, this is because the exterior is the first thing that people will see, and is responsible for making the first impression. However, a clean exterior... read more

3 Tips for Preparing Your Parking Lot This Spring

It won’t be long until the threat of snow will be gone and the sun will be shining. With that being said, you want to make sure your business is ready for the changing seasons. After going through a hard winter, your parking lot can definitely take a beating. To help ensure everything looks amazing this spring, there are a few simple things that you can do to help further enhance the look of your business and ensure the safety of your customers. Repaint the lines. If your parking lot is in fairly decent shape, you might be able to get away with just repainting the lines to help ensure everyone knows where the parking spots are. You don’t want to have people parking just anywhere and making up their own spots because they could tell where the lines were. This is especially important when it comes to handicapped parking as well. Your customers should have a clear boundary of where each space starts and stops. By repainting everything, you can help brighten everything up and prevent any issues from occurring. This also ensures your customers don’t park too far out and end up creating an accident because of not being parked properly. It also minimizes damages from people parking too close together and hitting one car into another. Sweep the parking lot. There is bound to be a lot of dirt and debris left over after all the ice and snow is gone. Because of that, you want to have the whole area thoroughly swept out to keep it looking amazing. It also helps minimize the amount of... read more

4 Simple Tips That Will Get Your Business Ready For Snow

Snow always seems to come when you least expect it. Prepare for winter weather now and get a leg up on the competition. Snow can be a beautiful thing, but if you’re a business owner, its approach only brings a sense of dread. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prepare for the precipitation before it arrives. Take these tips to heart and watch your business quickly get back to normal when winter weather strikes. Check The Building’s Plumbing Whether you own the business’ building or are just renting office space, a snow related plumbing emergency can be disastrous. Pressure from excess snow buildup combined with freezing temperatures lead to issues like broken pipes. Before calling in a licensed plumber, make sure water is left slightly running. Just a steady stream of drips can prevent frozen systems. Heating cables and heating tape are great choices that avoid adding excess weight. They also prevent snow from piling up by melting internal and external elements. Make A Snow Plan Not everything you can do to prevent winter’s effects from causing business problems requires a handy man. Talk with employees about what should be done before, during and after a storm occurs. Workers with SUVs or 4-wheel drive vehicles can sometimes come in handy for transportation needs. Be sure to ask employees about their thoughts on preparing schedules, closing times and other arrangements. Create an email and phone list that ensures everyone has the correct information about closings or delays. This list also offers a convenient way to answer all of those questions that normally accompany a weather event. Buy... read more

Does Salt Speed Up the Deterioration of Paved Surfaces?

Salt is sprinkled onto paved surfaces whenever the snow starts falling in winter, where it proceeds to serve two purposes. First, it lowers the freezing point of water, thus inhibiting the formation of ice. Second, it provides much-needed traction, thus making it that much easier for people to maintain sound footing even on the slipperiest of surfaces. Combined, these two characteristics lower the chances of serious accidents, which are all too common in the coldest season of the year. While Salting is Important, a Few Problems Can be Caused by This Common Practice: With that said, it is important to note that salt can cause serious problems for paved surfaces, because of how it interacts with their materials. First and foremost, while salt has little effect on asphalt that is in excellent condition, the same cannot be said for asphalt that has cracks, crevices, and other faults in them. This is because water will seep into the asphalt through these faults, where it can expand when it freezes, thus causing them to become worse and worse with each repetition of the freeze-thaw cycle. Said process can happen with normal water, but when salt has been added to the mix, it can continue happening at lower temperatures, thus increasing the total amount of damage that is done over the course of an entire season. As a result, while salt is not harmful for asphalt on its own, it can speed up the deterioration of damaged asphalt when mixed into melted snow. Second, salt has little effect on asphalt, but the same cannot be said for concrete. In this case, the... read more

3 Ways to Ensure the Safety of Your Customers This Winter

Winter is officially here. With the onset of winter, you get to endure blistering cold winds, snow, sleet, ice and an assortment of whatever else mother nature decides to throw your way. With that being said, you want to make sure your customers are able to get into and out of your business safely. The last thing you want is for one of your customers to end up hurting themselves on something that could have been avoided in the first place. To help you along the way, here are a few things you can do to ensure the safety of your customers this winter. Shovel the Sidewalks One of the things that you have to think about are the sidewalks where customers walk before entering into your establishment. No customer wants to try and wade through a foot of snow to get in the front door. This is especially true when you are dealing with an older individual or someone with children. There is no need to make the process even more difficult than it has to be. By shoveling the sidewalks, you can provide your customers with a clear path into your business. Plow the Parking Lot and Entrance Customers need to be able to see where the lines are when parking their vehicles. That means you need to have the parking lot and entrance plowed out every time a few inches of snow falls. If customers aren’t able to see where they should be parking, you could end up with people parking all over the place and hitting into one another when entering and exiting their vehicles.... read more
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