As you make plans to give your home a thorough cleansing in the spring, consider doing some office cleaning too. A neat, hygienic working environment improves employee productivity and leaves a great impression on your clients, so be sure to handle the following tasks this season.
An Office Cleaning Checklist for Spring
1. Start With Personal Workstations
Your office cleaning initiative should start small. First, have employees tidy up and organize their desks. Provide disinfectant wipes to sanitize computers and phones, and a can of compressed air for dust stuck in the equipment crevices.
For larger surfaces, including chairs and desks, your employees could use cloths dampened with antibacterial cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals, such as bleach, ammonia, and peroxide, that could damage some of the equipment and leave behind a strong, unpleasant smell.
2. Wipe Down the Break Room
Although you should leave the deep cleaning of your break room to professionals, you can start by washing frequently used appliances, such as the coffeemaker, microwave, and fridge. Take out expired condiments, leftovers, broken containers, and unused utensils, and wipe surfaces and mop the floors after cleaning.
3. Organize Files
Physical and virtual files quickly pile up with time. Clear out the filing storage and sort its contents into two piles: one for safekeeping and another for discarding. When disposing of documents, make sure to shred them first. Then, store old paperwork in archives and adequately label them before putting them back in the cabinet.
The same applies to your virtual files. Organize data by folders and delete old, unneeded ones.
4. Dust Off Common Areas
Large common areas, including the conference room, reception, printer stations, often need professional time and attention. However, you can still perform light cleaning in these areas. Dust off exposed surfaces and crevices, paying particular attention to installed equipment. Also, organize office supplies in the storage room, label each of them, and note which are running low in stock.
5. Reduce Clutter
After cleaning the workspace, look at what you can take out to free up space. Consider removing unused or worn-out pieces of office furniture or rearranging the layout into a more ergonomic one. Additionally, keep clutter to a minimum by encouraging everyone to put away equipment in storage spaces instead of leaving them lying around when they aren’t in use.