Cleaning your office space is never a bad idea. A clean and tidy work environment leads to increased productivity and happier workers.
The majority of offices have janitorial staff who come in at the end of the day to tidy up -vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, and clearing any obvious mess. Sometimes, though, you will require a proper deep clean of your office space, and this is quite a job to tackle.
The simplest and most effective way to deep clean an office is to hire a team of professionals. These services exist all around the world, making it easy for you to get the job done properly.
If you choose to take this job on yourself, however, there are seven essential steps to follow to make sure you get it done right.
Clear the Clutter
The first step of cleaning is tidying up, so get rid of any mess, rubbish, or clutter that’s taking up space. Ask all employees at your office to clear their desks of anything not needed, whether it’s old files, food wrappers, or just junk. This will give you a clean slate, making the cleaning itself much easier. This is a good habit for your employees to get into as it helps make the process a lot easier for professional cleaners if you ever hire office cleaning services.
Empty All Surfaces
You won’t be able to properly clean anything unless all surfaces are cleared first, so move all the computers, keyboards, mice, desk tidies, and wiring off of the surfaces. Do the same in each area of the office; don’t forget any meeting rooms, kitchen areas, or bathrooms.
Top Tip: Take a photo of each surface before you start clearing to help you remember where things go.
Start Up High
Always clean top-down. In other words, start by dusting up high (the tops of windows and around the edges of ceilings, for example) so that dust falls onto a surface you haven’t cleaned yet. This will save you from having to clean objects more than once.
Once you are finished with the dusting, get to work disinfecting all the surfaces. This is a very important step in deep cleaning, so make sure to use a high-quality disinfectant to kill any germs that may be lurking. If you have desks or tables pushed up against each other, make sure to separate them and wipe along their edges, too.
When you are ready to put all your computer equipment back where it belongs, remember to disinfect everything: the computer itself, including the monitor; the mouse; the keyboard; the wiring. Do this when everything is unplugged and switched off, and make sure to use an appropriate cleaner here—you do not want to liberally spray disinfectant all over your electronics, as they’ll break. Disinfect thoroughly, then put everything back in its proper position.
Don’t Forget Chairs
Don’t overlook the office chairs, which are a hotbed of germs. If your chairs are plastic or similar, you should be able to simply wipe them down with a disinfectant and a cloth. If you have material upholstery, check the care label for instructions and follow them carefully.
Clean Those Floors
The final step in your deep clean should be to thoroughly clean the floors. This should involve rearranging all the furniture to make sure you are not missing any areas that are easily overlooked. Pull out all the tables and chairs, then vacuum the entire floor carefully. Consider using a carpet cleaner to really get into all the nooks and crannies.
Once you have finished cleaning, pat yourself on the back for a job well done—it’s tiring work, but your office staff will be happy in the knowledge that their workspace is clean and clear.