Stores sell products to consumers to generate revenue and stay in business. Without customers, shops go into debt and ultimately close.
Approximately 20 percent of businesses shut down after less than 365 days of operation. Store maintenance issues can cause store closures, leading to lost revenue. One way to protect your clothing store and ensure its success is to stay on top of store maintenance. Use the tips outlined here to ensure your store’s in great shape and ready to serve customers every day.
Create a maintenance schedule.
Homeowners follow an annual maintenance schedule. Performing maintenance in the spring and fall ensures homes are ready for summer and winter. Adopt an annual household maintenance plan to suit your store’s needs and schedule routine maintenance.
Typical tasks include cleaning gutters in the spring and fall and having your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system serviced. Building owners should also invest in outdoor maintenance, such as cleaning their siding and windows and trimming branches. Mold can grow on the exterior of your building and spread under the siding into your building. Mold is an allergen and can cause respiratory issues. Buildings with mold may deter clients from entering because they’re concerned about exposure.
Business owners should also test smoke detectors and other alarms, ensuring they work correctly and have new batteries installed annually.
Hire experts to maintain and upgrade essential systems.
Certified HVAC technicians install HVAC systems and perform HVAC system maintenance. Schedule experts to inspect your system in the fall, ensuring your furnace is ready for winter. HVAC techs should also check your system in the spring to ensure your air conditioner’s ready for summer. HVAC techs perform routine cleaning. They’ll clean your air ducts, ensuring they aren’t obstructed or filled with pollutants, such as pet dander, pollen, and rodent feces. HVAC techs also clean system parts, removing mold from air condensers. They’ll identify any worn parts during their inspection and replace those parts to prevent your system from breaking down. HVAC techs will also replace air filters. Installing clean filters and removing toxins and obstructions ensures your system’s working correctly and prevents your HVAC system from working harder than necessary to heat or cool your building, saving you money on your electricity bills.
Your technicians can also install a REME HALO in-duct purifier. Air purifiers extract contaminants from the air circulating in your building, protecting the health of your employees and clients. People exposed to irritants or allergens in your shop may sneeze or cough. Indoor air pollution can lead to serious health issues, such as cancer, respiratory diseases, and heart disease. Use REME HALO to eliminate harmful gases and particles.
Pay attention to odors.
When people buy new clothes, they expect to purchase them fresh and clean. Maintenance issues can affect women’s clothing by embedding odors into the fabric. When you’re selling leggings, T-shirts, tunics, sweaters, and jackets, they must look and smell good.
Odors can be a sign of critical issues with your building’s systems. Odors could indicate mold growth in your building. Unpleasant aromas could also indicate rodents have infested your walls, attic, or basement. A rotten egg smell could indicate there’s an issue with your electrical system or a gas leak. Contact experts immediately to verify the source and correct issues causing the smell. You could also have an electrical problem if you detect a fish odor.
Smelling sewage in your building could indicate a plumbing issue. Running water can keep gases from building up in your pipes. You may also need to have a plumber check your system to ensure there isn’t a blockage that could cause sewage to back up inside your building. If that happens, your merchandise could be damaged.
Investigate unpleasant smells promptly. Some odors could indicate issues with critical systems, while others could be a sign of bacterial growth in your building, which poses a potential health risk.
Your clothing shop’s maintenance is crucial. Regular maintenance enables you to stay open for business and avoid critical issues, such as sewage backup. You can stay on top of your store’s maintenance by creating a seasonal maintenance schedule, hiring experts to maintain and upgrade building systems, and immediately investigating unpleasant smells.
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