What you see when you walk through the office door is exactly what clients and visitors see. The first impression is powerful and it’s essential to keep your office in top form. A sloppy office will make potential leads assume your work is sloppy. In addition, employees are able to focus better in an organized environment. Consider the following office cleaning routine for keeping your place of business wholesome:
- Hire a janitorial company to take care of deep cleaning and maintenance. You’ll be able to go about your work without spending too much time on chores. If employees can focus on generating income as opposed to housekeeping tasks, you can improve your bottom line.
- Compile a list of the areas that need to be cleaned and assign jobs to everyone in the office.
- Dust off all surfaces. Make sure doors, windows, tables, and other surfaces, especially those in public areas, are free of fingerprints, debris, and dust. High-traffic areas will need to be dusted and cleaned often.
- Vacuum and mop regularly. This will include the reception area, bathrooms, hallways, work areas, the lunch room, stairs, etc. Any portion of the office that customers view needs to be vacuumed and/or mopped daily or as soon as dirt is visible. Rooms such as the recreation area can be vacuumed once a week.
- Have employees organize their desks, file paperwork, and get rid of trash at the end of each day. Offer disinfectants and wipes for phones, computers, photocopiers, printers, and frequently touched surfaces. Ask them to wipe down desks and work areas once or twice per week.
- Alternate assigning the break room/kitchen to different people on a weekly basis. Wipe down counters, sinks, and visible surfaces at the end of the day or as spills occurs. Leave a note asking everyone to remove leftovers from the refrigerator and to keep the microwave clean. As needed, keep the refrigerator, cabinets, and floors spotless.
- Similar to the break room, rotate bathroom cleaning duty, as most people don’t enjoy the task. Regularly clean the toilet, sinks, faucets, mirrors, around light fixtures, door knobs, and any other surfaces. Before leaving for the night, ensure that soap dispensers, toilet paper holders, and paper towel dispensers are fully stocked. Throw out the trash, sweep the floors, and then finish up by mopping.
- Remove trash each day. Discarded food can create an unpleasant odor quickly. Making this part of your daily routine will make a big difference in the appearance of the office.
By following an office cleaning schedule and delegating duties, you will be able to work swiftly and you won’t get overwhelmed. As an added bonus, employees and customers feel comfortable and relaxed in an organized office.