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Office Cleaning Tips and Tricks

A clean office is vital to the running of a business. It improves productivity, because all items are organized and in their rightful place. It improves creativity and focus, because workers aren’t distracted by the crumbs on their keyboard or the layer of dust on their desk. It improves health, because everything is sanitized and bugs aren’t crawling in to munch on the food scraps in the trash bin.

Finally, it improves (or maintains) your business’s reputation, because anyone who stops by (whether a client, new staff member, or even just a friend) can see that your company is efficient, organized, and cares about its employees. So if your office is stifled under a layer of dust and grime, you need to act now. Use our office cleaning tips to get your office clean and keep it that way.

Office Cleaning Tips

Although hiring a professional cleaning service is the best way to ensure a consistently clean office space, if you choose to take on the task yourself (or divvy it up amongst coworkers), use these office cleaning tips to maintain a neat and clean work environment.

  • Keep a closet or basket fully stocked with all of your office cleaning essentials (glass cleaner, dusting spray, microfiber wipes, rubbing alcohol, paper towels, etc). Also include a simple, laminated chart with common office cleaning tips to remind employees of your cleaning procedures.
  • Give every item in your office a place and keep it there. If you have trouble remembering where things are, label the storage locations.
  • Limit the number of items on your desk. The excess clutter makes it difficult to spread out your work. Anything that you don’t use frequently (paper clips, business cards, an extra calendar) should be relegated to another location.
  • Most office supply and electronics stores offer special wipes made for keyboards. Pick some up and wipe your keyboard and monitor daily, especially if you sometimes eat meals or snack at your desk. Let the the keyboard dry before you begin using it again.
  • Clean your office phone frequently by spraying cleaner onto a cloth and wiping that on your phone. Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol to wipe down the dial pad.
  • Take out the trash frequently and vacuum frequently in areas that people eat. This will help keep the bugs at bay.
  • Require employees to write their name on any food they put in the refrigerator. If they plan to keep something in the fridge a long time (like salad dressing, for example), they should write the date they opened it as well. Also, assign a day each month to be “kitchen clean-out day.” Any food left in the fridge that day should be thrown away (unless it’s an item that takes a very long time to expire, like ketchup or olives).
  • All dishes in the break room should be cleaned immediately after a meal. Also, require employees to put dried dishes away on a specific day of the week so that the dish rack doesn’t become overcrowded.
  • If you make a mess in the microwave, you have to clean it up immediately. Waiting will only make the problem worse because the food will have dried up.
  • Take good care of any office plants. Remove dry and shedding leaves, water consistently, and watch for signs of decay. If you can’t keep the plant looking beautiful and healthy, either purchase an artificial plant (and be sure to dust it often) or don’t have any plants in the office whatsoever.
  • Remember to clean behind your furniture as well. That strip of dust and dirt behind your desk betrays an otherwise clean and tidy office.
  • Imagine you are a client entering the office. Walk around the office following the same path a client might take, stopping often to study your surroundings. Make note of any untidiness and remove it using the office cleaning tips above.

Be sure that your employees are aware of their duties when it comes to cleaning the office. You might consider assigning people specific days to do more major tasks (vacuuming the office, cleaning windows) and also instruct everyone to take care of their own desk space using these office cleaning tips.

If a teamwork system doesn’t work, hire professionals. Not only will they complete the job on time and thoroughly, but then you won’t have to worry about getting on your coworkers’ backs when cleaning duties are delayed or neglected. If you’re looking for Commercial Cleaning Services in New Jersey, give G & C & C Commercial Cleaning a call at (732) 977-1949. We offer a variety of different services and will work with you to prepare a cleaning program that meets your needs and your budget.

Originally written by Grime Scrubbers in Springfield, Missouri.  If you are in the market for janitorial services in Springfield, Missouri give Grime Scrubbers a call at 417-864-8862…

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9 Comments

  • Johnny McCarron
    Johnny McCarron
    21.10.2016

    I really liked your advice to use wipes to clean your keyboards. I don’t think that a lot of people recognize how dirty their keyboard can get. However, it really makes a difference when you are trying to keep things clean to have some wipes or something. Do you have any other advice, particularly about finding a cleaning service to help in this process?

    • admin
      admin
      17.01.2017

      Thank you for your comment and you are always welcome to call us and we will help in any way possible but till then be well !

  • Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson
    17.01.2017

    I agree that having a clean office can lead to a more healthy office. I also think that hiring a cleaning service to make sure that everything is kept clean can lead to better efficiency because the workers would spend less time focusing on the messiness or uncleanliness of the office. If an office is cleaned regularly the office will be ab better place for workers.

  • Ruth McMorris
    Ruth McMorris
    10.03.2017

    Very nice article informative content thanks we liked it.

  • Sharon Elleen
    Sharon Elleen
    21.03.2017

    Great article and very well explained. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Many thanks for your post.

  • James Cochran
    James Cochran
    03.04.2017

    Its a very informational article, thanks we liked it.

  • Kenneth Gladman
    Kenneth Gladman
    07.04.2017

    I like that you mentioned taking care of break room messes. This is a problem that we have where I work. I think hiring a cleaning service can help with things like this.

  • Cheryl Knowles
    Cheryl Knowles
    24.05.2017

    Thank you for sharing your ideas.
    One of the biggest office offenders is piles of paper — on your desk, on your shelves, and eventually on your floor. It’s easy to get busy and start stacking papers to file for later, but before you know it, you have a task that’s too big to tackle. The key is to process papers as you go. Set up a system of trays or file folders that are clearly labeled and make it a habit to use them. The same goes for your computer desktop.

  • Kylie Dotts
    Kylie Dotts
    09.06.2017

    I like how you mentioned that having a clean office improves health and limits the ability of bugs to get spread around. I think that knowing what janitorial supplies you need helps a lot in keeping your workspace clean. I think that too often people think that generic cleaning will be enough for an office space but sometimes there are specific supplies that become very handy in abnormal office situations.

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