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Having A Clean Office This Spring In 5 Easy Steps Approved

|April 12, 2019

Spring cleaning is upon us, but it’s not just your home that could use a once-over! We all know how dirty our homes can get without regular maintenance and the occasional deep cleaning, but most homes don’t have more than four or five people walking through them. By contrast, offices are notorious for having high volumes of traffic throughout the day, by both employees as well as, in many cases, customers. No matter the circumstances of your particular place of business, any dwelling needs both regular tidying – vacuuming, dusting, disinfecting – as well as a deeper clean, too. Spring has sprung, so here are five easy steps to ensure your office is clean and reaching its full potential this year.

Catch up on smaller tasks you may have neglected

Weekly procedures in an office building should include dusting surfaces – desks, cabinets, window sills, counters, vents, shelves, and more – as well as wiping down highly used surfaces with a disinfectant. For the floors, make sure to vacuum, sweep, or dry mop as appropriate for all floor areas, and wet mop any hard flooring including woods and tiles (make sure your cleaning solution is meant to be used with the floor material). Also, make sure your windows are smudge-free by making the rounds with them as well. If any of these have been neglected, now is a great time to catch up – and make sure not to fall behind again.

Make sure monthly tasks are also checked off

Even if you’re sure to never miss a weekly cleaning, monthly tasks are easy to put off and forget about. Now is the perfect time to ensure those are up to date as well. Clean all wall-mounted units such as paper towel dispensers, hand dryers, and any other fixtures around the building. Additionally, be sure to disinfect vertical spaces, such as filing cabinets, which see many hands and definitely need to be sanitized on a regular basis. If there is any wood in the building, be sure to polish that as is needed for each item – do your research as it can vary depending on the wood or finish. Dust or vacuum vents, overhead fans, or other areas that are hard to reach and get neglected.

Now is a great time for semi-annual tasks

Although spaces that see especially high foot traffic may need to be professionally cleaned on a more frequent basis – such as quarterly – for many office environments, twice a year is a great place to start when it comes to maintaining your carpets. Professional cleaning is one of the easiest ways to extend the life of your carpets, making them a great investment in your floors so you don’t have to replace them as soon. Hard floors may need to be buffed, recoated, or polished at this time as well.

Don’t forget the nitty gritty

This is a spring cleaning after all, so you’ll thank yourself for not cutting corners. Be sure to see the minor details are also attended to, such as wiping down baseboards, as well as walls that show signs of wear. Protect your electronics and extend their life by making sure they are clean and dust free – especially if employees eat near their work stations. If there’s a kitchen or break room, wipe down the refrigerator and microwave. When you think you’re done, stop and take a look around at all areas in the room – if it can be dusted or wiped down or vacuumed behind: it probably should be.

Clean up the clean up

Sounds silly, but don’t let all your equipment stew in their own juices. Mop buckets should be sanitized and put away properly, and the janitorial closet should see everything go back into its proper place, and not just thrown in or left scattered about. Ensure all furniture is moved back to its original position, and any tools and products that have been purchased or used are stored where they can be found for the next round of deep cleaning.

Finally, take a break – you’ve earned it!

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