Most commercial vacuums are powerful enough to suck up surprisingly large objects without breaking. If there are still a lot of loose items lying around in your office when a janitor with a vacuum arrives, you're practically asking for frustration to come into your life. To minimize the risk of a commercial vacuum sucking up any valuable office accessories during a professional cleaning, pay special attention to securing these three things.
Any Loose Papers Directly On Top Of Desks
Don't assume that individual sheets of paper are immune to a vacuum just because they're on top of a desk. Without a heavy paperweight or other obstruction holding them down, individual sheets of paper can fly off of desks because of anything from AC air currents to air movement created by the vacuum itself.
But instead of relying on a weight that could easily be placed incorrectly in your haste to get out of the office, consider rounding up all the papers that are on flat surfaces and storing them in one concentrated and enclosed space.
Loose Screws On Old Office Chairs
Occasionally, the screws on an old office chair loosen and fall to the floor, making the chair liable to bend further than normal and even break when someone's sitting in it. This by itself doesn't mean the chair is too decrepit to use. On the contrary, if you don't have enough disposable cash to constantly purchase new office chairs, it makes a lot of sense to carefully reattach any screws that fall out of your office chairs.
You won't be able to do this with office chair screws that got sucked up by a janitor's vacuum. Instead, you'll have to either get new chairs or go through the hassle of finding and ordering individual replacement screws that are exactly the right size. So right before the cleaning, don't forget to look under all of your chairs for loose screws.
Any Excessive Power Cords
If each desk in your office has only one or two power cords emanating from it, keeping a commercial vacuum from disturbing your cordage is a fairly easy job. On the other hand, if some of your desks have an excessive amount of electronic devices that require power cords on them, a janitor will either have to waste time unplugging and wrapping the excess cords or risk running over them with the vacuum.
Before a vacuum comes near your office, take a survey of all the power cords in your office. If there's a lot more cords than you'd see in a typical office, set aside plenty of time for wrapping up and securing the excess cordage.
While losing small office accessories to a commercial vacuum isn't usually the end of the world, every little annoyance in your life has the potential to add up with other things into something unbearable. Therefore, to free yourself any unexpected trouble, the preventative work you partake in before cleaners from janitorial companies come to clean your office is more than justified.