Having a clean workspace for employees is important to increase productivity, and keep them happy in the workplace. However, it can be difficult to know exactly how often you should perform certain tasks to maintain a clean office. With all the traffic that goes through it, things can get messy pretty easily. But how often should you clean your office space? Fortunately, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide outlining what should be cleaned, and when, to help you figure out what office cleaning routine works best for you.
Carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week, and hardwood or tile can be swept and mopped once a week. If your staff kitchen is a high-traffic area, you might need to increase the frequency to every other day. Keeping a dry mop handy can be helpful for this. If you find that mud or other debris is tracked into the office, you may want to have a mat in the lobby to prevent this from happening, and vacuum a little more often to ensure everything stays tidy.
Any non-upholstered furniture should be wiped down and disinfected once per week. This includes desks, chairs, and shelves. Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed once a week and lightly sprayed with disinfectant. Employees should disinfect their personal workspaces, and communal spaces like board and meeting rooms should be disinfected regularly as well.
Curtains can be spot-cleaned as needed, but they typically only need to be taken down and washed once every month or so. Blinds should be dry dusted once every two weeks, but if you have pets or poor air circulation, you might need to do this more often.
Ceiling Fans and Lights
Typically, you only need to wipe down ceiling fans and light fixtures once or twice a month. It can be helpful to wear a dust mask and protective eyewear if you can't be eye-level with these fixtures because the dust can irritate your throat and eyes.
Frequently used appliances like the microwave and toaster should be wiped down and cleaned out weekly.
Bigger appliances such as the fridge and oven should be wiped out and thoroughly cleaned monthly. If your staff kitchen has an oven, be sure to give it a thorough cleaning once a month to prevent build-up.
Sinks and Counters
Believe it or not, your sink should be disinfected every day. Microbiologists note that sinks are the ideal places for bacteria to grow, and this means that you could be washing your hands and dishes in a bacteria-laden environment.
Counters should be wiped down as needed throughout the day, and they should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected nightly for the same reasons as your sink.
Just like your kitchen, you should be wiping down and disinfecting your bathroom sinks and counters daily. A bathroom sink can harbour a surprising amount of bacteria.
You should also switch out your dish sponges at the first sign of deterioration. Dropping them in boiling water or microwaving them for two minutes while damp every few days to kill any built-up bacteria.
Aim to wipe down the outside of your toilets from top to bottom once a week. The toilet bowl should be disinfected twice a week. If your bathrooms get a lot of use, it can be helpful to install cleaning devices that refresh and disinfect with every flush.
Wipe down mirrors, knobs and handles weekly, and change out your hand towels at least once per week.
To really keep your office looking and feeling fresh, here are recommended timelines for basic cleaning tasks, and how often they should be performed:
- Toss expired food and leftovers
- Make a "clutter sweep" through high-traffic spaces
- Wipe down baseboards
- Vacuum air vents
- Run a clean cycle on your dishwasher
- Descale the coffee maker
- Freshen garbage disposal
- Deep-clean your fridge and freezer
- Change air filters
- Vacuum cobwebs from floor and ceiling
- Wash the windows
- Wash or dry clean curtains
- Make a "clutter sweep" of storage areas
- Clean behind furniture
- Clean around dryer vents
- Deep-clean upholstered furniture
- Clean the gutters
- Wipe down the walls
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