Nothing can be more stressful for a facility manager or business owner than preparing for an audit. There are a hundred things to fine tune, one of which is the work environment. Depending on the type of business, this may involve independent tests for the presence of bacteria and germs. It may also involve a detailed visual inspection of floors, drains, countertops, food-preparation and service areas. Unless you have well trained, motivated cleaning staff that are ready to take on the challenge of a white-glove inspection, it is best to put it in the hands of a janitorial company that has the experience and expertise needed to clean your facility to the standards required by the inspecting body. Certification from independent organizations may put you in an elite class and give you a competitive advantage. The cleanliness and visual appearance of your facility is strongly considered. An independent body known for rigorous standards is not going to award certification to a facility that is neither neat nor clean. Gaining their stamp of approval must be earned and requesting the assistance of a qualified commercial cleaning company is a step in the right direction. You need the help of a janitorial company that understands the height of the bar that you are trying to reach: a company that “gets it” and has the know-how and resources to execute an effective cleaning strategy. Passing or failing an inspection or gaining or losing a certification shouldn’t depend on whether your facility is sanitized and clean. This is the easy part. You need to spend your time dealing with the hard part.