10 Janitorial Cleaning Tips From The Experts Doing it Best
February 10, 2022 | AUTHOR: Tammy Wright
A clean, fresh working environment is important for employees as well as customers who visit your business. In these days of pandemic surges, that importance has only grown, with everyone more aware of risks. Productivity and satisfaction are enhanced when employees feel comfortable in their workspaces. So we put together a list of janitorial cleaning tips to help keep that momentum alive in the workplace.
Hiring professional cleaners like Office Pride Commercial Cleaning is one of your company’s best defenses. Whether you bring in professionals to clean and disinfect your office one day per week, seven days per week or three times every day, there is always room to do things more efficiently. Here are 10 Janitorial Cleaning tips for maintaining office cleanliness from the experts at Office Pride:
Major Janitorial Cleaning Tip Number 1: Establish a regular cleaning schedule and checklist
Office cleaning must be a part of your company’s routine responsibilities. To prevent these chores from being pushed aside by other duties, establish a regular cleaning day and time each week. Then, assign responsibility for specific tasks. All team members should be required to maintain their personal workspaces, including desks and equipment. You might want to assign a rotation of tasks for common areas, break-rooms and restrooms.
Keep cleaning supplies easily accessible
Find a central closet or other location to store all cleaning supplies, including disinfectants, dust rags and wipes, and a vacuum cleaner and mop. A carrier makes it easier to move around the office. Don’t hide the vacuum cleaner behind other products, so it can be easily reached for in-between jobs, as needed.
Maintain a clutter-free work culture
Keeping individual offices or cubicles clean starts with less clutter. Personal items, such as a plant or photos, are nice, but scissors, staplers and many other items can stay in drawers or files. Create a computer zone for computer-related work and use another part of your desk area for everything else. Have a junk drawer if you need it and organize paperwork and files. Document trays can assist with designations for items to read, sign or file.
Key Janitorial Cleaning Tip:Establish a pattern for dusting and wiping
Following a pattern keeps you on task and ensures a better clean. Work from top to bottom, as it makes sense that dust wiped from top shelves will fall onto lower surfaces. Wipe in a consistent pattern, such as an “S” pattern starting from right to left to limit streaking. Then, use the eye-level test and look at surfaces from a crouched position. What looks “off” or shows up in the light?
Sanitize high-touch spots
Use a disinfectant spray or wipes to clean light switches, doorknobs, file drawer handles, refrigerator/microwave handles, and any other high-touch items in the office and common areas.
Computer keyboards and screens might be the highest-touch areas in the office, and they require a little extra sensitivity. Also, discourage your team from eating at their desks and over computers.
Try these tricks for keyboards:
- Hold it over a trash can and shake it to dislodge crumbs or particles.
- Force any remaining junk out with a can of compressed air.
- Use cotton swabs dipped in alcohol to clean between keys and a disinfecting wipe on the top.
Vacuum carpeted areas and mop hard floors at least weekly
Dirt, dust and bits from shoes accumulate on carpet faster than you may notice, so weekly vacuuming is a must. Mopping other flooring is equally important to clean spills and prevent sticky build-up. You’ll want to hire professionals to steam clean carpets and upholstered furniture at least once a year.
Remove trash daily
This might seem obvious, but emptying trash cans and removing food waste on a daily basis are necessary to eliminate odors, overflowing bins and to prevent unwanted rodents. Pro tip: Keep fresh trash can liners at the bottom of the can, so a new one is readily available when you remove the old one.
Clean bathrooms regularly
This is likely to be the least-desired chore on your chart, but bathroom floors, sinks and toilets should be wiped down with disinfectant cleaner at least every couple of days. A mild air freshener is a nice touch.
Bonus Janitorial Cleaning tip for the break room: Clean refrigerator, microwave and coffeepot
Kitchen and break-room appliances also need routine wipe downs (inside and out) with disinfectant cleaning products. Have a plan for disposing of food in the fridge before it decomposes.
Sound like a lot of work? It is. Office Pride Commercial Cleaning’s No. 1 tip out of all our janitorial cleaning tips is to hire a professional cleaning service to handle the dirty work. Not only do cleaners who go through training work harder and more efficiently, but your employees’ satisfaction improves.
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services offers a full menu of routine janitorial, sanitization, disinfection and special services for all types of industries. Our cleaning teams can accommodate your business’s preferred schedule. To ensure a healthy, clean work environment for employees and customers, check out Office Pride’s franchise locations or call 888-641-2310 to request a free custom quote for all your cleaning and disinfection needs.