The hustle and bustle of the office environment can easily come to a standstill from unsanitary conditions. Research has shown a connection between office cleanliness and productivity, with cleaner environments increasing energy, promoting health and generating work satisfaction. It is the onus of office managers to maximize the benefit of a clean workspace and arrange deep cleans at least once a year.
Whether you plan to trust the staff to tackle the cleaning chores or you opt for a professional cleaning service, there are some key points to focus on to ensure quality and completeness. Here are six tasks to include in your deep clean to get your space refreshed and your team ready to work.
Everyday dusting hits heavy touchpoints like desks, tables and chairs but dust amasses quickly in the oft-forgotten and hard-to-reach areas. Dust can cause a number of respiratory issues and irritate allergies so it is important to do a thorough sweep on a regular basis.
Dust your common surfaces as normal but go further by dusting up and down the walls, ceiling to floor, including the baseboards. Wipe down window sills and frames and doors.
Pay special attention to areas that quickly accumulate dust. Using a damp microfiber cloth, take time dusting trouble spots like areas behind your desk, ceiling fans, tops of bookshelves and cabinets, corners of walls and vent covers. While you are behind your desk, you can manage your cables to reduce the buildup of dust and make cleaning easier for next time.
Start your deep cleaning by wiping down all of your high touch surfaces with a disinfectant. In the office, clear your desk off, discarding any old papers and unnecessary clutter, and wipe it down thoroughly. Sanitize your keyboard, mouse, computer screen, phone and any other commonly used equipment.
Take time on communal equipment like printers and shredders to eliminate germs. Conference rooms and reception areas need to have all tables, chairs and counter surfaces disinfected. Wipe down door handles and railings as well.
The state of the bathrooms in the office plays a critical role in the well-being of employees and your clients’ perception of your business. A well-maintained bathroom is germ-free and makes a great impression. With all of the benefits to enjoy, deep cleaning the restrooms needs to be made a priority.
Always wear a pair of heavy-duty rubber gloves for cleaning. Start with the toilets, spraying a disinfecting cleaner all over and letting it sit for about 10 minutes. While you wait, scrub the bowl down with a toilet brush. Finally, wipe the entire toilet down thoroughly with a sponge or rag.
Move onto the sinks and clean the basins with detergent and warm water, rinsing afterward. Hard water stains build up on metal faucets and can be unsightly. To remove them easily, apply a half vinegar, half water mixture to the stains and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Use a hard bristle brush or non-abrasive scrubber to break up the stain and wipe clean with a wet cloth. Check for hard water stains around the toilet and other metal fixtures in the bathroom.
Wipe down any high touch surfaces (e.g. door handles) with disinfectant and clean the mirrors with glass cleaner. Finish up the restroom with a sweep and mop with heavy-duty soap or disinfecting solutions.
The company refrigerator is almost magical in its ability to promote rotten food and noxious odors. Put down a towel to soak up any runoff from the refrigerator and pull it out to clean and dust the back of the fridge and the covered area of the floor. Unplug the refrigerator to avoid injury.
Remove all of the food, disposing of anything past its expiration date or over a week old, and take out the shelves and drawers to wash separately. Combine two tablespoons baking soda with one-quart hot water (or more in the same ratio) to create your cleaning and deodorizing solution. Wipe down the shelves, drawers and refrigerator interior with the solution. Towels dry everything and replace the shelves and drawers in the refrigerator. Make sure to clean all of the rubber gaskets to keep them mold-free and flexible for a tight seal.
Give your small appliances a similar deep clean and wipe down all of your surfaces with a grease busting and sanitizing solution. Sweep or vacuum your floor and mop with a disinfectant for the best clean.
Refrigerator cleanings should be done once a month at a minimum and the floor should be swept daily to prevent trip and slip hazards.
While trash cans should be emptied daily and always stay lined, they can accumulate a lot of gunk over time. A deep clean is a perfect opportunity to wash and rinse the inside of your trash receptacles. Use a hose to rinse out your trash can and spray the inside and outside with a disinfecting cleaner. Scrub all over with a long-handled bristle brush, like a clean toilet brush, and wait a few minutes before rinsing. Finish up by patting it down with a towel or leaving it outside to dry.
Carpets collect a lot of dirt and debris from the heavy foot traffic and they can contribute to many of the common pains felt within the office. They collect and kick up dust and allergens, degrading the air quality and causing allergic reactions, sore throats, stuffiness, headaches and an array of other symptoms. Hard floors similarly pick up dust, especially behind and underneath furniture and office equipment like printers.
Pull all of your furniture and office equipment out of the way and fully vacuum or sweep behind it. Any spills should be mopped up or lifted with a stain remover. Shampoo your carpets if they have gotten particularly bad and consider a strip and wax on hard floors if you cannot lift up patches of dirt and grime.
Office deep cleans can be painstaking but they can yield immense benefits for the health of your employees and stakeholders and the prosperity of your business. If you have been wondering how a professional cleaning service can transform your workplace, call our team today for a free quote.