In order to keep your employees healthy and your office looking its best, it’s important to clean your office on a regular basis. To do that, you have to use the right supplies.
While your list will vary according to the type, size, and needs of your office, read on to learn more about the types of cleaning supplies you’ll need as well as the daily and weekly cleaning tasks you should perform.
1. Cleaning Supplies
In order to clean effectively, you should have the following supplies:
- dish soap
- all-purpose stain/spot remover
- broom, brush, and dustpan
- disinfecting wipes
- feather duster
- glass/window cleaner
- floor cleaning solution
- all-purpose cleaner
- microfibre cleaning cloths
- sponge mop
- paper towels
- trash bags
- toilet bowl cleaner
- toilet brush
In addition to these items, you’ll also need to make sure you have toilet paper, paper towels, and hand soap stocked for use in the office’s kitchen and bathroom(s). Communicate with the office manager to ensure you always have these standard supplies on hand before you start office cleaning.
2. Cleaning Schedule
Once you have all the proper supplies, it’s time to plan a regular cleaning schedule to maintain proper cleanliness. If you won’t hire a commercial cleaning service, task someone on your staff to follow the cleaning schedule.
Shared office spaces get infested with germs fairly quickly because multiple people use these areas. On a daily basis, you’ll need to:
- empty all the full garbage cans and replace the trash bag;
- refill the toilet paper, paper towel, and soap in the bathrooms and kitchen as necessary;
- disinfect all of the light switches, doorknobs, fridge handles, faucets, and other high-contact surfaces;
- sweep and mop bathroom floors;
- clean and sanitize bathroom sinks, toilets, urinals, and fixtures;
- clean and sanitize kitchen sink;
- disinfect kitchen countertops;
- mop, sweep, or vacuum high-traffic floors;
- organize clutter; and
- sweep or shovel the sidewalk or porch outside your business and pick up any litter.
Some tasks don’t need to be done daily, but should be performed weekly in order to get a deeper clean. These are:
- vacuum all mats and carpets;
- disinfect all desks, tables, and other flat surfaces;
- mop all hard floors;
- wipe down all glass surfaces, including the inside and outside windows;
- clean all mirrors;
- empty and disinfect all trash cans and then replace the liners;
- dust all hard surfaces, lamps, and other hard surfaces;
- clean any walls of visible markings;
- throw out any leftovers from the shared fridge;
- buff hard floors; and
- polish hardware on drawers, cabinets, and doors.
Monthly cleaning lists have fewer tasks than daily and weekly lists:
- vacuum all vents;
- spot-clean and vacuum all fabric chairs and sofas as needed;
- vacuum and deep clean carpets;
- clean all baseboards and trim; and
- dust all high surfaces, working top to bottom.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to have your AC/furnace filters cleaned or replaced in order to keep dust and microbes from circulating in your building, and to keep your HVAC unit working at peak capacity.
Following a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedule can help you keep a happier and healthier workplace. Both employees and clients will benefit from a clean environment, since regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces will help reduce the spread of flu and cold viruses, which will also help to reduce downtime for your employees.
Depending on the office space you have, you may want to make subtle changes to the priorities listed above in order to create and keep a healthy and professional environment.