Faster than you can say pumpkin spice latte, fall is here! And just like your home needs deep cleaning seasonally, so does your office.
While most of us don’t like to clean, we do like to work in clean environments. Studies show that a cluttered workspace can cause stress and anxiety for your employees, so a clean office can boost employee productivity!
Whether it’s fall, spring, or anytime your business needs a good cleaning, here are some office cleaning tips and tricks to make your workspace look great and improve employee morale.
Organize and Clean Workspaces
Choose a day and encourage all employees to participate in the cleanup. Provide extra garbage cans, recycling bins, and cleaning supplies. Recycle old newspapers, dated reports, and dusty files. Encourage employees to reduce clutter on their desks and the miscellaneous piles of paper that seem to grow by themselves around the printer.
Old coffee cups, office phones, and other items on desks can become breeding grounds for bacteria, according to a recent study. Wipe down desks, chairs, and cubicles with soapy water to remove spills from food and drinks. Use disinfecting wipes to clean phones, keyboards, and computer mice. Spot clean fabric desk chairs and other upholstered office furniture.
Here’s an office cleaning tip from the pros at Enviro-Master Services — use electrostatic spraying to disinfect large areas in a very short amount of time. The hospital-grade germicide that our trained technicians use kills bacteria and viruses and dries within minutes, so it won’t harm keyboards, phones, desks, or even papers.
Vacuum Low and High!
Give the carpets and floors a good vacuum to remove dust and debris, especially in corners and behind furniture. Schedule a professional carpet cleaning service if needed.
Don’t forget to vacuum high spaces where cobwebs and dust can collect. Use the vacuum’s dusting brush to reach light fixtures, blinds, window treatments, vents, and trim around doors and windows.
Clean the Windows and Let the Sun Shine In!
As the days get shorter during the fall and winter months, another office cleaning tip your employees will appreciate is cleaning the windows. Clean all windows, including sills and tracks. Remove and clean screens and install storm windows if necessary. This is also a good time to check for leaks and cracks.
Deep Clean Tile Floors
Tile floors are great for high-traffic areas because they’re durable and low-maintenance. However, they do need a good scrub from time to time to remove dirt buildup. Fall is a good time to schedule a professional tile and grout deep-cleaning in your office.
Our technicians use cleaning products that fight harmful bacteria and other germs on tile and in difficult-to-clean grout. The deep-cleaning process can make office floors look new again by using specially designed equipment with commercial grade extractors and low water pressure to safely scrub tile and grout.
If your office has tile floors in the restrooms, this is also a good opportunity to deep clean those floors as well, especially if you’ve noticed unpleasant odors that don’t go away with regular cleaning. Smells could be a sign that it’s time to review your office restroom cleaning routine.
Review Restroom Cleaning Routine
Restrooms are not on anyone’s top 10 list of cleaning projects. After all, they just get dirty again and need cleaning the following week! As we mentioned, odors are a sign that your office restroom cleaning routine needs a shakeup. However, uric scale growing on the underside of toilets and urinals and black spots under the rims of toilets are also signs that you may need to call in a professional commercial cleaning company.
Our restroom cleaning services begin with a deep cleaning of all the fixtures in your restrooms to remove uric scale and other dirt that may be acting as a food source for odor-causing bacteria. The final step uses electrostatic spraying to coat every surface in restrooms with a powerful germicide that keeps fighting germs and bacteria until the technician returns the following week.
Clean Kitchen or Breakroom
Just like restrooms, kitchens and breakrooms are notorious breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Here’s a commercial cleaning tip from the pros — start with the refrigerator. Give employees notice that you’ll be cleaning out the fridge, so you don’t accidentally toss out somebody’s lunch! National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is on November 15, so this might be a good day to celebrate with a clean and sparkling fridge! Throw away any products with expired dates, forgotten sandwiches, and anything else that’s looking questionable. Clean the inside and outside of the refrigerator with warm soapy water.
Scrub the sink, counters, table, and chairs to remove food and dirt. Enviro-Master’s office cleaning services can also take care of breakrooms, in addition to restrooms, tile floors, and workspaces.
Change HVAC and Air Filters
HVAC filters can improve air quality in your office by reducing airborne contaminants, including viruses. Schedule an appointment with an HVAC professional to check the air filters in commercial units.
Did your office install portable air cleaners during the pandemic to reduce the potential spread of illnesses? These devices generally have washable filters or use higher-grade HEPA filters. Check the filters on each unit and clean or replace them as needed.
Fall is a good time to evaluate your overall commercial cleaning needs. If you don’t have professionals tackling the dirty jobs around your office, it may be time to take that responsibility off your plate and allow the pros to take charge. And if you do have a commercial cleaning service — are they still meeting your needs and protecting the health and safety of your business?
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