Although it may seem obvious, maintaining a clean workplace is crucial for every business. Because the appearance of your office, clinic, warehouse, or other facility will tell visitors who you are and what you can expect from them. It’s not enough to look clean. You must also sanitize the area and disinfect it regularly to ensure safety for everyone who enters the building. Your visitors and employees will feel more safe if your workplace is organized and clean.
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way people think about large groups of people and how they clean offices and other communal spaces. These commercial cleaning tips will help you keep your workspace clean and safe.
Lobby and Entryway
The first impression visitors make when they visit your business is the entranceway. You can make sure that their first impression is positive. To prevent dirt and mud getting into your facility, make sure you clean out the waiting area and lobby. Cleaning windows and removing scuff marks on floors and walls are not tasks to be overlooked. Make sure surfaces are clean and disinfected so clients or visitors don’t get sick.
Picture frames, blinds and even plants can collect dust over time. Use a microfiber cloth and a duster to keep everything looking neat and tidy. Dusting surfaces after cleaning is a great way to make sanitation easier.
Workstations and Desks
Clear clutter from a workspace before you start cleaning it. Use storage solutions to organize papers and place pens and small items in the right places. A manager of an office or facility may offer organizational solutions to help workers declutter. You can also keep loose items in drawers. After organizing all your items, dust the workstation and clean it with antibacterial wipes or sprays.
If not regularly cleaned, high-touch electronic devices such as telephones, laptops, keyboards and computer mice can quickly build up oil, grime, and bacteria. Employees can be provided with alcohol-containing electronic wipes or disinfectant wipes. Canister air can be used to reach the keyboards and keys of laptops. Wipeable covers are a great option for tablets and other electronic devices. This makes it easier to clean. Do not spray liquid cleaners or disinfectants directly onto electronic devices.
Kitchens and Break Rooms
Keep Food-Prep Spaces Clean
Cleaning a break room at work should be done in the same way you would clean your kitchen. You should clean the tables and chairs and disinfect the microwave. Regularly check the refrigerator for any leftover food or forgotten lunches and clean it often.
Encourage employees to keep their workplace tidy
It is important to keep the shared spaces clean and to reduce any mess. However, when workers prepare lunches in microwaves or make snacks, the kitchens and break rooms can quickly get dirty. Encourage employees to clean the area. After all, everyone uses it so everyone needs to take part in maintaining it. In case of spillage, employees should have a variety of cleaning supplies such as hand and dish soaps, paper towels and multi-surface sprays. Keep an eye on the handles of the refrigerator and microwave doors, as these surfaces are likely to harbor the most bacteria and germs.
Meeting rooms and public areas
You must ensure they are ready to go
Meeting rooms and public areas are often used, so make sure they are clean and tidy. You should ensure that surfaces are cleaned and disinfected every day, that floors are vacuumed and that clutter is properly stored. High-touch surfaces such as door handles and light switches should be cleaned. To keep your rooms fresh, make sure that trash bins are regularly emptied. Don’t forget to replenish items like notepads or refreshments that are frequently used by visitors.
Keep cleaning supplies handy
It should be easy for everyone to clean up in these shared areas. To prevent big mess from building up, keep trash bags and disinfecting wipes near. Ask employees to put their chairs in the right places and return markers and remote controls back to their appropriate places. Keep trash bags and can liners near the bottom of the bins to encourage employees to clean up after themselves.
It doesn’t matter if you have tile, linoleum or wood floors. You should vacuum daily, especially in high-traffic areas like entryways, walkways and kitchens. Vacuums trap dirt and dust in corners and crevices that are often overlooked when you sweep with a broom. You can move furniture and chairs around to ensure thorough cleaning. You can spot clean if you don’t have time to vacuum every day. You can have a broom, dustpan or small vacuum to help employees quickly clean up small messes without having to use the bigger vacuum.
Deep Clean Carpets
You should schedule deep cleanings for your floors and carpets no matter how often you sweep, mop, or vacuum your floors. It is recommended that your carpets be professionally cleaned every 12-24 months for janitorial cleaning. Some carpet manufacturers may require you to do this to keep your warranty.
Post-Pandemic Professional Cleaning Tip
These janitorial cleaning tips will ensure that each room is clean and clutter-free. These post-pandemic cleaning tips are important to ensure safety and health in the workplace.
Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting
There is a difference between disinfecting and sanitizing. Sanitizing is reducing bacteria to a safe level. Regular soap, multi-surface cleaner sprays and sanitizing wissies can all do the trick. To kill germs and bacteria on a surface, disinfectants such as bleach, quaternary ammonium and peroxide are used. To disinfect a surface, the disinfectant must be left to dry for a specified time. Instructions can be different so make sure to read the product labels.
It is important to disinfect and sanitize surfaces in order to eliminate any germs or viruses. For most areas, daily cleaning that focuses on cleaning is sufficient. If someone in your vicinity is sick or you feel it is necessary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends disinfecting all surfaces that are touched by more than one person. This includes door handles, star rails and desks, light switches and keyboards. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has a list of approved disinfectants that will do the job properly.
Cleaners for employees
Encourage your employees to clean their work areas. Disinfectant wipes can be provided to employees for cleaning high-touch surfaces such as keyboards, touchpads, and phone handsets. Cleaning supplies can be kept in the kitchen, break rooms, meeting rooms and other areas of the facility.
Allow sick employees to work from home
Encourage employees to work remotely if possible or to take a sick day when they aren’t feeling well. If an employee has contracted COVID-19, the CDC recommends disinfecting their entire workplace.
Always have a supply of hand soap at the ready
Employees should be encouraged to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. If hand-washing is not possible, ensure that employees have access to hand soap with at least 60% alcohol.
Increase Air Circulation
COVID-19, along with other viruses, can spread more easily indoors. The CDC recommends that you improve ventilation in your workspaces. Open windows and doors depending on the layout of your workplace to allow fresh air in. If that is not possible or the weather prohibits it, you can open windows or doors to let in fresh air. You can also adjust your HVAC system or use portable HEPA fan/filtration systems to clean the air. HEPA filters are available in high-quality air purifiers.
A cluttered, unsanitary workplace can happen in a matter of hours. This is even more true post-pandemic when people take cleaning more seriously. In between deep cleans, simple maintenance tasks and daily cleaning can help keep your workspace organized. These tips will help you keep your office clean and make it safer for visitors and employees.