Keeping a Medical Office Center Looking Great

by Mat:

building-appearance2.jpgPatients only feel confident in a medical building if the building itself looks healthy. Fortunately, maintaining the appearance of medical office buildings is easy as long as its management, maintenance staff, and janitorial staff keep their eyes on certain key parts. While other aspects of the building will need occasional attention, the key aspects - those that people see and interact with frequently - are the ones that usually determine how the building is perceived.

The Floors

Commercial tile is durable, but without the proper care, it can look dingy fast. Grime from outside is ground into the wax and even into the tile itself by all of the foot traffic the building gets on a daily basis. Preventing this from happening will do much to keep the floor looking nice. Use non-skid mats at the doors to trap the grime while helping to prevent falls.

Medical center flooring also gets a workout in areas that are often overlooked when thinking of building appearance. These areas may bebelieved to be hidden from the patients, but in reality, there are usually a few angles of approach that make them quite visible. Such locations include the space behind reception desks, the area technicians use when activating the x-ray machines, and similar places. Since employees use these areas all day long, it's easy for the floors there to get worn out. Protect the flooring with mats under the chairs or anti-fatigue mats.

Safety Bars

These bars come in different shapes and styles, but they serve the same general purpose: to give people something to lean on. They're common along the walls of elevators, the non-banister side of staircases, and sometimes, along otherwise-plain walls in hallways. Bars made with shiny finishes are prone to getting covered with ugly fingerprints since there's nothing to hide the marks. This is especially common with the ones in elevators and along stairways since people actively use them for support.

The key to keeping safety bars looking nice starts with your choice of finish. Forego the shiny, flashy ones and get versions with matte finishes. In medical buildings, it's best to choose some that have deeply-etched crosshatching so people can get an even better grip. Finishes of this nature don't show fingerprints, so they'll need far less maintenance to keep them looking nice. Just one or two wipedownsa day may be enough if the finish is good.

The Exterior

Some medical building managers seem to think that they don't have to pay close attention to the outside of the structure since it's not a retail building. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. Nobody wants to trust their health to a doctor that's based in a run-down building! After all, if a doctor is good, shouldn't he be able to afford an office in a decent place?

Make sure your building qualifies as such a place. Also, be sure that paintable areas always have a reasonably fresh coat and that the bricks or other materials are cleaned of grime on a regular basis. Pay attention to aspects that might seem small, too: Have litter picked up at least once a day, fix cracks in parking lots, and ensure that all entrance doors are clean and in good shape.

Control Odors

Medical buildings are prone to collecting a large variety of bad smells. Control them with good air circulation, and in some areas, unobtrusive air fresheners. Doctors may have sick people for patients, but it shouldn't smell like it.

These are just some of the things you should do to make sure that your medical office center looks and smells great. The overall goal should be to project the image that it is a place of health rather than sickness. When this is attained, people will be glad to come there and doctors will be glad to keep their offices in your complex.

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