Texas is part of what’s known as the Bible Belt, with Christian churches having a large impact on society and the culture of the region. Stretching from Oklahoma all the way to the east coast, this area has a large Christian influence, though other religions are rising in popularity and creating a more diverse environment with several different types of religious facilities.

As a result, there are more churches and other religious buildings requiring the same maintenance needs as commercial buildings. But what do these types of facilities need when it comes to building maintenance services? Here’s a short list of areas that should be prioritized.

Area #1: General Cleaning

At the very least, religious facilities need regular general cleaning services to maintain a safe, clean and appealing environment. This includes:

  • Dusting and cleaning of pews, chairs, altars and other furniture
  • Vacuuming and sweeping floors (both carpets and hard surfaces)
  • Mopping and disinfecting high-traffic areas
  • Cleaning and sanitizing restrooms (including toilets, sinks and fixtures)
  • Emptying trash bins and replacing liners
  • Cleaning windows, mirror and other glass surfaces

Area #2: Grounds

The landscaping and exterior of your building is also important, as it impacts the first impression visitors have of your facility. You want them to feel welcomed and comfortable, not distracted by unsightly maintenance issues. Here are some of the tasks to include:

  • Mowing and edging lawns
  • Trimming hedges and pruning shrubs
  • Raking and disposing of leaves and other debris
  • Inspecting outdoor lighting and replacing as necessary
  • Maintaining irrigation systems and watering plants

Area #3: Safety and Security

Security and safety and paramount concerns for religious facilities as well and regular inspections should bring to light any issues that need to be addressed. Some common safety and security maintenance tasks you should consider include:

  • Testing fire detection and suppression systems
  • Replacing batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Ensuring emergency exits are clear and accessible
  • Inspecting and maintaining security systems and cameras
  • Securing loose handrails and banisters

Area #4: HVAC/Electrical

Power problems and uncomfortable temperatures can turn people away, but regular HVAC/electrical maintenance can help you identify problems early. Some HVAC and electrical tasks to consider include:

  • Replacing air filters regularly
  • Cleaning air vents and ducts
  • Testing thermometer settings and adjusting as necessary
  • Fixing leaks and plumbing damage
  • Inspecting electrical outlets, switches and wiring

Area #5: Specialty Cleaning

Finally, make sure you thoroughly clean areas that don’t get as much attention (or areas that are unique to your religious facility). Here are some examples:

  • Deep cleaning carpets and upholstery
  • Stripping, waxing and buffing floors
  • Restoring and preserving ancient or historic features
  • Sanitizing high-tough areas

If you are a religious institution or have a religious facility in need of regular maintenance and/or cleaning, consider partnering with Fernic Building Solutions. Contact us for a no-obligation quote about our church maintenance services or ask us any questions you may have.