Whether you operate out of Bath, Bristol or elsewhere in the South West, getting a suspended ceiling fitted in your office can be a revelation. Instantly, the place can look revitalised and shockingly new.
Just like with everything, however, the newness eventually wears off. Life has to go on, and new ceilings – like new furniture – can’t last in a pristine state forever.
This doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to flickering lights, stained panels and cobwebs, however — it only takes a little effort to keep your ceiling looking fairly fresh. This article is your guide to maintaining your suspended ceiling.
1. Vacuum clean your ceiling
Many of us are a little hesitant to touch the tiles on our suspended ceilings for fear of damaging or dislodging them. Unfortunately, this laissez-faire approach can backfire as ceilings accumulate dust and grime.
A few times a year, simply use a vacuum extension (usually the one intended for upholstery) to remove residual dust from your ceiling tiles. Similarly, vacuum in the same way if you spot a hanging cobweb or buildup of dust in a crevice — it’s usually best to nip these in the bud.
Any stubborn stains? These can often be wiped off gently with a damp cloth.
2. Keep the rest of the office clean and tidy
As with any other part of a home or office, a ceiling can only be as clean as the rest of a room. Dust or grime in one part of the office will usually spread to the ceiling over time, especially if your ceiling is fitted with a ventilation system that naturally pulls dirt and dust towards it on the air.
Keeping your office clean your ceiling clean — and vice versa. Even better, it’s been proven that a clean office makes for a happier and more productive workforce. To us, that sounds like a win-win-win!
3. Ensure they’re fitted right
When you’re having work done in your office or home, it can be tempting to try to cut costs. We all like to pay less for the same! Unfortunately, when it comes to construction, you very often get what you pay for.
Reputable, professional installation may take time and effort but it leaves you with a quality product — while a less well-fitted suspended ceiling made of lower quality materials may come back to bite you in the long run.
4. Don’t take them for granted
Despite the fact that ceilings are everywhere, we often forget to notice them. We’ll forgive you — they aren’t the most exciting things in the world!
Unfortunately, however, this attitude can cost us in the long run. If something does go wrong with your ceiling, leaving it until it’s practically falling down is far more expensive than acting on it earlier.
If you notice something up with your ceiling beyond ordinary wear, you should make a note of it and speak to your installer about the issue. Your bottom line will thank you in the long run!
5. Don’t put off fixing the lights
Sometimes, it isn’t the ceiling that’s the problem — it’s the lighting. If your office is full of blown bulbs and flickering strip-lights, your ceiling’s bound to look a little beaten up.
To maintain a positive environment and keep your office looking fresh, try to replace faulty bulbs and tubes quickly. Plus, you’ll be able to see any dust or dirt on your ceiling far better!