A clean and organized workspace keeps every co-worker happy, healthy, and productive throughout the day. So, to maintain a healthy and hygienic working environment, it is important to establish effective routines to clean your office.
Although essential cleaning requirements may differ depending on the type of workplace and industry, there are several standard cleaning steps that everyone could practice cleaning their office regularly.
Here are 5 simple steps to clean your office from now onwards!
1. Dust all surfaces
Dust all surfaces, including shelves, cabinets, and desktops to remove fine dirt and dust particles that accumulate on surfaces over time
Regular dusting improves indoor air quality in the office. Working in a dust-clean environment is beneficial for co-workers who are sensitive to fine dust particles. Allergic sufferers can develop sinus, eczema, and eye conjunctivitis if they have prolonged exposure to dust and dust mites.
A dusty working environment is unhealthy because germs, bacteria, and other microorganisms can thrive in the dirt and dust particles. So, remember to regularly dust surfaces in the office.
2. Vacuum carpets and soft furnishings
Vacuuming the soft furnishings regularly not only improves indoor air in your office, but this simple housekeeping routine is also essential for the furniture’s maintenance.
Embedded dust and dirt particles trapped in carpets, sofa upholstery, and other soft furnishings can cause discoloration to the soft furnishings. Just like you must brush your teeth every day, do not forget to vacuum your office carpets and soft furnishings regularly too.
3. Wipe down with a disinfectant cleaner
After dusting, wiping down hard surfaces with a disinfectant can help eliminate germs, bacteria, and viruses. This step is especially critical for high touch points such as door handles, photocopier buttons, telephone handsets, and aircon remote control in the office.
Manual disinfection on door handle | Image: FREEPIK
If your office floor uses hard flooring covering like vinyl and ceramic tile, consider mopping the floor with disinfectant cleaner. You would want to consider thoroughly wiping down with disinfectant if there was a recent viral outbreak in your office.
4. Clean the windows and blinds
Collected dust and dirt particles on windows and blinds are often overlooked when cleaning the office. Dirty windows and blinds are unhygienic. They are not a good representation of your company’s reputation too.
To prevent streaks or scratches from forming on the window frames during cleaning, use proper cleaning solutions and methods, as well as protective coverings, such as cloth towels or paper towels. It also helps to wipe away any dust or dirt residue on the window tracks with a damp cloth — this will help minimize dirt buildup and prevent rust formation.
To prevent dust from building up on blinds, regularly vacuum them using the upholstery attachment. Alternatively, you may consider sending the blinds for professional laundry cleaning.
5. Empty the trash cans and recycling bins
Keeping your office clean and presentable is an important part of ensuring a productive work environment. Taking the time each day to empty the trash bins is a critical step toward achieving this goal.
Emptying trash bins daily reduces unpleasant odors from rubbish and pest infestation in your office, especially bins in the pantry area.
When we properly sort wastepaper and non-recyclable items, we strengthen our commitment to leaving a smaller environmental footprint.
A spotless workplace is a happy workplace. In addition to the 5 simple steps to clean your office regularly, consider engaging professional cleaning and disinfecting services at least once a year for a thorough cleaning exercise.