It’s easy to become complacent with the appearance and cleanliness of your congregation when you see it so regularly. You are unlikely to notice the things that not only your congregants see, but potential newcomers. Just like curb appeal and staging matters in the field of real estate, the way your church presents itself regularly is essential to its success. It’s important to engage several point of views when creating multiple cleaning checklists, either for your volunteers or a professional cleaning company, or both! Here are some suggestions.
Walking the building to note any potential danger or repairs/extra cleaning that might need to be tackled immediately or with the next cleaning appointment is a must. This added care will not go unnoticed, especially in the children’s areas. Take steps to make de-clutter walkways and baby proof any cupboards or sharp corners. Parents will likely check out children’s areas thoroughly with their eyes before leaving children with you, so these areas should be clean and safe for their peace of mind. You want to win over children just as well as parents when you consider your visitors.
It’s likely your church is carpeted and should be vacuumed in between service days. If you have a very large building, you can break up the task logically by zones. If small, you can vacuum less and pick up visible pieces by hand. Paying attention to your flooring will improve its longevity.
Bathrooms are priority and will need to be serviced several times per day. Ample toilet paper will need to be available for each service time. One trip to the bathroom can make it in need of immediate attention. Delegating a person or crew for this job is important. The best times to look over the bathrooms are during service when it’s likely no one is in them. Keeping supplies nearby or inside a locked cabinet in the bathroom are ideal.
Disinfect High Traffic Items
Door knobs, phones, the tops of benches, counters, children’s tables, coat hangers: these are all high traffic hand-touched places that should be disinfected regularly to keep illness from penetrating the whole church. Cleanliness, in this way, is also a matter of safety. You should take responsibility for the health of your members when they are in your building. Installing first aid kits and hand sanitizing stations might be something you consider. Be sure to schedule your fire equipment inspections at least once per year as well.
Windows and Doors
One word: fingerprints. Fingerprints and smudges can bring down your cleanliness rating to viewers fast. Be sure to clean these in between or during service.
If your church is not high traffic and you only have service once or a few times per week, its easy to neglect the dusting that accumulates at the same rate as any other church. The most effective way to dust is with a rag and a bucket of cleanser and water. The second most effective way is using a microfiber rag or hand mitt that collects the dust rather than shaking it all about with traditional dusters.
Every congregation’s checklists will look different, but making several is a good idea. Some tasks need to be done weekly, monthly, or quarterly and maybe done by several different people or groups. You might have one cleaning leader who cleans the building weekly, collects volunteers monthly, and then pays a professional to come in quarterly. The most high traffic times per year at church will be at Christmas and Easter, so paying extra attention just before is ideal.