Master the art of cleaning the office with these 8 tips

When office life gets hectic, cleaning is often one of the first things to fall to the pavement. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to keep the office looking neat while maintaining your team’s productivity. Below are eight office cleaning tips for busy business owners:

  1. Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy

Make sure your employees know where all your office cleaning essentials (cleaning solutions, paper towels, pre-moistened wipes, etc.) are kept. A good idea is to put together a basket of supplies fully stocked with everything employees might need when cleaning the office. Although you may have a professional cleaner coming into your office, it’s the office workers’ responsibility to keep cleanliness up in the day-to-day activities.

  1. Wash Plates and Utensils Immediately

Encourage employees to clean up immediately after a meal. If a mess is made in the break room, the spill should be cleaned up right away. This will better maintain your office and decrease the chances of bugs and other contaminants. If you have a dishwasher in your office, have employees take turns putting dry dishes away. A clean and dirty sign on the dish washer can really help with the upkeep of your office dishes.  

  1. Remove Trash Regularly

In an office setting, there are many locations for trash bins. Usually, each individual will have one at their desk. If that’s the case, encourage your employees to put wet or food garbages in a kitchen garbage only. This will help keep pests away and contain the worst of the garbage into one area. Then, it will be easier to take the trash out daily if needed. Keeping the areas where employees eat is a key room to maintain and will ultimately maintain the office and also help keep pests away.

  1. Keep the Refrigerator Clean

Ask your employees to put their name on any food they put in the refrigerator. Items that are kept in the fridge for a long time (like mustard, for example) should be marked with the date the product was opened. On your monthly “refrigerator clean-out day,” any food left in the refrigerator not marked as fresh should be thrown away. The refrigerator should be something that all employees are conscious of.

  1. Keep Clutter to a Minimum

An uncluttered workspace not only helps make a good impression on clients and superiors, but it also helps boost your team’s productivity. An organized workspace can help with an organized mind, improving your work. Try to see your office through a potential client’s eyes and remove any untidiness you see.

  1. Organize, Organize, Organize

From simple file folders to sophisticated filing cabinets, there’s an organizer for everything. Use storage containers, file boxes, accordion folders, and other organizers to help you maximize your workspace and keep the office looking in order.

  1. A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

Every item in your office should have a “home”. Also, try to limit the number of items on your desk. Remember, clutter starts to accumulate when you place items in your workspace that you don’t really need. Consider moving items you don’t use frequently to another location.

  1. Implement a “Cleaning Policy” with Employees

To keep your office clean and organized, you’ll need the cooperation of your staff. Educate your employees on the importance of cleaning, and establish a “policy” to ensure everyone understands the new procedures for maintaining the office.

Cleaning the office regularly and consistently, and encouraging your employees to do so, is one of the best ways to ensure a “sparkling” reputation for your business. Follow the tips above to create a clean and harmonious work environment for you and your team.

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