Two Steps That Florists Should Take if They've Hired a Commercial Cleaner

Any florist who hires a cleaner should take the following steps before they start using this person's commercial cleaning services.

The florist should point out the sections of the shop where the cleaner cannot leave vases or racks of flowers

In order to clean the shelves, counters and floors in the florist's shop, the cleaner might have to move the bouquets of freshly cut flowers in these areas out of the way and leave them on the floor or on other shelves whilst they work. If they have to do this, the florist must point out the sections of the shop where the cleaner cannot leave fresh flowers (even for a brief period of time). For example, they should tell them not to put the vases of fresh flowers directly on top of any floor vents or underneath any ceiling vents through which hot air is emitted, as even a few minutes of being exposed to this intense heat could destroy the fresh blooms.

Likewise, if there is a window in the shop through which a lot of strong sunlight pours in during certain parts of the day, the florist should warn the cleaner against leaving the flowers on this windowsill whilst they clean the display area, as being left in direct sunlight could also result in the blooms shrivelling up before they are sold.

If the florist sells houseplants, they should ask the cleaner to use caution when cleaning with vinegar

It is vital for any florist in this situation who sells houseplants to ask the cleaner if they use vinegar when cleaning glass surfaces. If they confirm that they normally do use this fluid, the florist should then ask them not to put it in a spray bottle but to instead pour some of this fluid directly onto a cloth and wipe the shop's glass surfaces with this cloth instead.

Although vinegar can quickly remove smudges from glass, it is also a very acidic substance that can cause severe harm to any living plants that it lands on. As such, if the cleaner has a spray bottle full of vinegar and uses it on glass surfaces near the potted houseplants in the shop, the mist of fluid that comes out of this bottle might land on the plants' leaves and the soil in their pots and damage them. Conversely, if they apply it sparingly onto a cloth instead, the chances of it landing on and harming any of the florist's plants will be minimal.