Daily cleaning and sanitization of office buildings is important to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. We all know and understand the importance of cleanliness to reduce germs and bacteria on high-touch surfaces and common areas.
When cleaning your workplace, you should be aware of the areas that require daily monitoring and frequent upkeep. You should have a good idea of the places most prone to excess dirt, bacteria and germs. To help you get your workplace clean and under control, we’ve compiled a simple list of the six most important workplace spaces that require cleaning.
Elevators are a common space for many workers and employees going to and from different office building areas. Elevators usually see a high level of traffic and, therefore, require frequent cleaning and sanitizing. It is especially important to wipe down elevator buttons. Since elevators are tight spaces, it’s necessary to limit the number of people in them at a time to maintain social distance and keep themselves protected from the COVID-19 virus.
2. High Touch Surfaces
Any high-touch surface, such as countertops, desktops and the like, should be cleaned daily. They should also be organized and kept tidy so that the space doesn’t become cluttered. Clutter can detract from a good cleaning and bring in more dirt, grime and ugly bacteria. Keep minimal items on your desks, and remember to clean and wipe these items down as well. High-touch surfaces can also be stairwell bannisters, doorknobs and light switches that people also come into contact with daily.
3. Shared Spaces
Shared spaces or common areas (such as libraries, rest areas and break rooms) need to be cleaned and sanitized daily to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees spend a lot of time in these areas, which means that they are specifically prone to bacteria. Don’t forget about the reception area of your office either! The reception desk and lounge area for visitors can be a hotspot for germs. This is because many people pass by these areas or stop to have a coffee, meet a client or sign in to the office. Any space that is getting a lot of traffic should be cleaned regularly.
Kitchens are frequented daily as employees take their lunch breaks, socialize with others or stop by for a snack. Food can also pose a risk of carrying germs and bacteria. Spills are also more frequent in the kitchen where food is accessible, and people are pouring drinks, getting coffee, water, etc. Your workplace kitchen should be kept clean to avoid bacteria and pests such as cockroaches, insects and even rodents. Leftover food should never be held in the kitchen for long enough to spoil and cause odours and bacteria. Keep the fridge and pantries clean and ask that employees clean up after themselves after eating.
Your company's washrooms need to be cleaned daily. They should also be stocked with toilet paper, paper towels and soap so that employees can maintain personal hygiene and cleanliness. Washrooms are often thought to be some of the dirtiest of places. Keep yours clean, and your employees and visitors will thank you for it. A business that has clean washrooms sets the standards for professionalism and customer care. It shows that they prioritize the health of their employees and that they value the needs of their guests. Enlist professional cleaning or janitorial services to keep your washrooms the cleanest they can be.
Last but certainly not least, halls and entryways need attentive cleaning regularly. People will most certainly leave and enter these areas daily. Hallways can even be where employees meet up or catch up with one another. Since these areas see many people come and go, it’s more important than ever that they are properly cleaned and sanitized. Ask your cleaning company what methods they have in place to ensure your entryways are getting the cleaning that they so desperately need.
COVID-19 has been detrimental to many communities and is an issue that we must all collectively face. Keep your workplace clean and sanitized for the benefit and well-being of your employees and customers. They will be appreciative of your dedication to their safety.