Offices are now opening, employees have started to return to the workplace. This follows a long time of lockdowns and restrictions as the Pandemic affected almost all aspects of normal life. The new normal or the remote work became the staple of workplaces. So after two years, offices are again opening. But is the threat to health entirely gone? And even before the pandemic thorough cleaning has always been important.
So, if you are looking for efficient and thorough cleaning of your office, you need to start deep cleaning the place immediately. Let’s find out the best Commercial Office Cleaning Tips in this article.
What do you need to clean the office?
The first thing is, you have to prepare for the thorough cleaning and to do that you have to arrange some particular things such as:
- Dishwashing liquid
- Small soft-bristled brushes
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Microfiber cloth
- Disinfecting wipes
- Trash can
- Empty boxes.
- Disposable duster.
- Disinfectant bathroom cleaner.
Have these things with you before entering a long-time closed office, and wear a mask to get protection from dust.
How to clean your office?
Now, that you have the cleaning equipment with you; let’s look at the key Commercial Office Cleaning Tips.
1. Start from the top down
Regardless of the cleaning you are doing, the whole office or just a small section the best cleaning tip is to start from the top and work down. So start from the highest points you are cleaning, and work down from there, finally finishing at the flooring. Why?
As you dust or wipe higher spots, you will know dust, grime and other items down onto below surfaces. So clean once by starting a the top and work down from there.
2. Start with the desks:
Desks are a constant source of activity and dust and grime builds up daily in those areas. If you have a small office, you can finish the cleaning quickly, but when you have a big office space with lots of desks and chairs, it will take a lot of time and effort to complete the task.
The best thing you can do is to start early and begin with dusting. You have already brought a duster, clean the desks first, and then make a solution of dishwasher soap with water. Dip the microfiber cloth in the solution and start wiping the desks thoroughly. Make sure to rub on the stains, and if they are hard, use Isopropyl alcohol to remove them. Don’t just go for the desk surface, opt for the legs, and backside too. For hard stains of coffee and unidentified elements on the desk, you can use the soft-bristled brush.
After you have cleaned the desks, go for the cabinets. You have already removed crumpled papers, candy wrappers, plastics, foam cups, and some questionable things from the cabinets, now it’s time to clean them of impurities.
You can use a spray bottle to clean and then wipe the insides of the cabinets. Sprinkle the soap mix in the cabinets, and on the outside, then wipe the areas with the brush or the microfiber cloth. If the cabinets had a bad smell before, they will go away once you clean them with soap and water.
Don’t forget the electronics. Perch on a stool and wipe the tube lights, fans, and AC machines. Wear protective goggles so the dust does not go into your eyes. If you have brought someone with you, ask them to hold your stool.
3. Rearrange the office:
After you have decluttered the office and cleaned the desks, now you can rearrange the office. Previously it wasn’t in great shape, so you can make things more accessible. Arrange the cabinets closer, so that you can place the files within reach of the employees. Rearrange the setting of the desks, and make sure to have some space between the workspaces. However, this is only possible when you have a big office space. Small offices have no choice but to set the desks as they were, but you can arrange the cabinets closer, and keep trash bins under each desk.
If the office has some external racks, clean them too with the disinfecting wipes and place them in the right direction, so that the employees and managers can get access to it easily. Also, before stacking the papers, and files in the cabinets and racks, clean them with a soft brush, and do it on the balcony or the terrace, because if you start dusting the files inside the office, the desks will get dirty again.
Now place the chairs and wipe them with the microfiber cloth. You can use the soap solution on it, but the best will be to wipe it with the disinfecting wipes.
4. Clean the computers:
Get back to the office area, and arrange the computers, cables, printing and fax machines and other things. Clean the dust from the top, and use a microfiber cloth to do it. Do not use soapy water on it. After cleaning them, switch on the machines to check if they are still working properly. You can do this task before cleaning the floors.
5. Clean the floors:
Start cleaning the floors. The dust and debris have gathered on the floor, the best thing you can do is to manually swipe the dirt first and store the dirt in the trash can, next switch on the vacuum for deep cleaning. This way the remaining dust will be removed and the entire office space will be squeaky clean. If you find a hard stain on the floor, use the Isopropyl alcohol, and rub it with the brush.
6. Clean the kitchen:
Once you have cleaned the hardest place, which is the office space, now head towards the kitchen. You have already emptied the trash cans there, all you have to do is to clean the countertops, and floors and wipe the appliances after the previous two tasks are complete.
You have to use a new mix of soapy water because the previous one has turned black by now, and you don’t want a blackened kitchen countertop. Start swiping the countertop thoroughly, and rub on the hard stains of coffee, foods, and anything else that looks outwardly. It’s possible to have unidentified sources of stains in the office because, the place has been closed for a while, and you had no idea what your employees used to do other than work when the office was open.
So, clean everything you come across, if you aren’t able to do this task alone, hire helping hands. While you clean the countertop, let others take care of the cupboards. Spray disinfecting solution in the cupboards and over the countertop, this way the cockroaches and ants will leave this temporary home.
Clean the kitchen floor in the same way you did for the office space. But for the kitchen apply an extra dose of disinfectant spray and use the Isopropyl alcohol for deep cleaning. Now, place the appliances on the countertop, and wipe the machines with the microfiber cloth.
7. Clean the office break room:
If your office has a break room, where your employees take some time off to eat and socialize, you need to clean that place too.
Remove the chairs from the room, if there were any, and clean the place thoroughly with soapy water mix, and spray Isopropyl alcohol to disinfect the surface.
8. Clean the bathroom:
The office bathroom is a very important place which needs a thorough cleaning. This is because; it’s the place from where bacteria and germs can spread easily. To clean this place, you can hire professional bathroom cleaners, or you can do it yourself. However, it will be best if you take one or two helpers with you.
If there are several stalls in the bathroom, you have to clean each stall. Start with the toilet. Clean it with a long hand scrubbing brush, which is already in the bathroom. You can use the disinfectant bathroom cleaner to clean the toilet thoroughly. Next, wipe the fixtures with the Isopropyl alcohol. Lastly, clean the stall floor.
While cleaning the office bathroom, don’t forget to wipe the microfiber cloth over the doors and the handles. Use the cleaning alcohol or the disinfecting wipes to do this task. Before you finish cleaning the bathroom, turn back, and pay attention to the sinks. Clean the countertop with soapy water and wipe it with the Isopropyl alcohol.
9. Remove the trash:
Now you have cleaned every possible surface in the office, it’s time to remove the trash. Whatever you have gathered in the bins, pour them into some large trash bags, and dump them in the roadside trash cans.
10. Place some potted plants:
If you had some potted plants in the office before, bring them in and place them again. You can change the place, and make sure the plants are getting sunlight. This will freshen up the atmosphere inside the office, as it will bring more oxygen.
11. Hire a professional cleaning service:
Cleaning an entire office is huge, and tiring work. You alone or even with some help will not be able to do the best job. So, if you want deep cleaning, you can consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Only experts can give a thorough, safe, and satisfactory cleaning to your office.
Clean and bacteria-free office space will always increase the mood and the productivity of the employees, and the administrators too. Check out these tips in this article, to get help in cleaning your office before you open it for regular work.