These are our top ten tips for cleaning your office (plus a bonus tip at end) that will help you maintain a clean office.
Start at the top and work your way down
This is a good tip, no matter if you’re cleaning your home or office. Start at the top and any dust that you make will settle on the floor, which can then be swept up or vacuumed up. If dust from the ceiling fan falls on your counters or floor, it is not worth cleaning them.
Magical Eye Level Test
Ever wonder how professionals keep horizontal surfaces so clean? You can see dirt and dust if you look down at the surface from eye level. You can quickly make any missed spots disappear if you crouch down.
Why isn’t my desk clean?
Professional cleaners will treat your business or office with respect when they arrive. This means that they will not move paper or personal items around on your desk. Your cleaner may not want to mess up your paperwork, which could explain why your desk isn’t getting the attention it deserves. Make sure you clear your desk before your cleaners arrive to ensure a thorough cleaning.
Details are important
While you might be used to looking at the bigger picture in business, details are important when it comes down to clean spaces. Although you may not be able to see why a room appears so clean and tidy, small touches such as wiping the baseboards or cleaning out the sink in the kitchen can make a huge difference.
The staff fridge is another small area that can make a big difference in staff morale. You will understand why it is important to clean out the fridge regularly if you’ve ever seen someone’s old lunch from a month ago while looking for a snack.
Switch to Environmentally-Friendly Products
Everyone is concerned about protecting the environment for future generations. Switching to eco-friendly cleaning products is one simple change that your company or office can make. Not only is it better for the environment, but also your employees’ health and well-being.
Make sure you have the right cleaning materials available
It may surprise you to learn how many people use the wrong type of cleaning product. You can find instructions on how to use your products on the labels of cleaning products.
We are often surprised that offices don’t have a small supply of cleaning products for employees. If they have the right tools, many people will clean up any spillage. A designated area where employees can find cleaning products, paper towels and sanitizing wipes is a great way of encouraging a clean workplace.
Let it Be — Soak stubborn stains and messes
It is usually a waste to scrub away stubborn messes. Pros will usually make several passes on surfaces such as floors or counters that have been cleaned with water. To begin, get the surfaces wet. Pay special attention to any stains or sticky areas to make sure they are adequately soaked. After letting stubborn areas rest while you take care of other tasks, you can return later with a moist mop or cloth to quickly wipe away the mess.
Ever wonder why cleaning products often smell lemony? Studies have shown that people are more likely to clean an area if they smell lemon. Because people associate a lemon smell with clean spaces, this is why they are so sensitive to it. You can make a lasting impression next time you’re expecting a client by giving your space a quick clean-up with a lemon disinfectant wipe.
Sanitize Electronics Frequently
Electronics also need to be cleaned. Because they are the most frequently used surfaces in the workplace, it is important to disinfect phones, computers, and copiers.
Make sure to unplug your electronics and clean them with a microfiber cloth. Many manufacturers provide specific instructions on how to clean electronic equipment. Make sure you check these instructions before you start. Tablets may have a special coating that rubs off easily. It is best to clean them with distilled water and a soft microfiber cloth.
Make a routine and keep a checklist
It may seem common sense to have a routine and follow a checklist, but it is vital to keep your workplace clean. You will never find your workplace messy if you have a regular cleaning schedule. You can stay on top of your game by not waiting for things to get messy before you clean them.
Remember to keep track of items that require periodic maintenance. It might be worthwhile to hire office janitorial service for carpet cleaning or strip and wax for hard-surface flooring.