(Originally Published March 29, 2019)
It’s never a bad time to plan for your office spring cleaning, and we here at Kitchener Clean are happy to provide you with our ultimate office spring cleaning checklist. We also provide a wide variety of commercial cleaning services to businesses across the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Kitchener Clean delivers the most detailed and environmentally sound cleaning services to your office, using non-toxic cleaning solutions along with precise and effective cleaning measures. Contact us now for a free quote!
This office spring cleaning checklist is intended to be used as a guide to help business owners see what should be done in order to complete the job. For more, be sure to read how to hire a professional cleaning company, and be sure to research cleaning package and rate that works best for you and your needs.
✔ Clean and disinfect desks, office phones, computer monitors and keyboards etc. ☐
✔ Sweep and mop office floors ☐
✔ Sweep and vacuum all offices ☐
✔ Clean and disinfect shelves & bookshelves ☐
✔ Clean and buff hard floors ☐
✔ Clean outdoor glass ☐
✔ Vacuum vents and chairs ☐
✔ Clean and vacuum carpets ☐
✔ Clean and vacuum hard floors ☐
✔ Empty garbages and waste ☐
✔ Wipe all glass and doors ☐
✔ Collect recycling ☐
✔ Dust window ledges and other flat surfaces ☐
✔ Clean window sills and doors ☐
It’s good practice to do these things on a regular basis to avoid a major mess come spring.
✔ Clean counters after preparing food ☐
✔ Remove old food from the office fridge ☐
✔ Wipe down microwave if food spills ☐
✔ Clean your desk if after you eat ☐
✔ Clean spills immediately to prevent stains ☐
✔ Clean and disinfect kitchen floors ☐
✔ Disinfect paper towel dispensers ☐
✔ Clean and sanitize sinks ☐
✔ Wipe down doors and sills ☐
✔ Clean tables ☐
✔ Clean bathroom mirrors ☐
✔Disinfect toilets and sinks ☐
✔ Mop bathroom floors ☐
✔ Disinfect door handles, paper towel dispensers, etc in bathrooms ☐
✔ Clean drinking fountains ☐
✔ Clean elevators and stairs ☐
When faced with the day-to-day pressures of running a business, a major task like spring cleaning may seem like an easy thing to put off. A clean workplace is vital for a number of reasons, including the impression left on visitors when they enter an unkempt office.
Here’s three reasons why spring cleaning is necessary, according to Staples:
1. Higher productivity & accuracy. Cleaning and organizing is crucial to help employees do their jobs more effectively. Reducing germs in the workplace keeps your team healthier — which is important when you consider that one survey found employees experience a 50 percent drop in productivity when working while sick.
2. Fewer injuries. Having a safe place for everything, including office equipment, storage items, etc., reduces the likelihood that employees, vendors and visitors will get hurt. Slips, trips and falls account for more than 9 million emergency room visits each year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
3. Lower absenteeism. Businesses lose 111 million workdays each year to the flu alone. “A clean environment helps promote better health,” says Marie Stegner, the consumer health advocate and blogger for Atlanta-based Maid Brigade, Inc. “Dirt, germs, dust buildup and poor indoor air quality all contribute to colds, the flu, viruses, asthma and allergic reactions.”
A clean office is in the best interest of the company’s overall success.
If you’re looking for standard products to get some office spring cleaning done, check this list of 16 essential products.
At Kitchener Clean, we believe that everyone should be entitled to breathe clean, chemical-free air at work. Therefore we are dedicated to providing non-toxic and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that are safer than traditional cleaning methods.
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Remember: Being “Green” doesn’t mean being less clean.
Consider environmentally friendly alternatives this spring.
"Most people throw things into a desk drawer to get them out of sight," Jane Brown, founder of organization and design firm Jane Brown Interiors, told Forbes. “After time, however, they have no idea what’s in that drawer and become anxious even opening it.” Brown suggests using drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Then go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used. And put this task on your calendar, Brown warns, so you that you keep the appointment.
Another tip via Forbes: A screen cluttered with icons will trigger your stress hormone and make it impossible to find anything. Instead, create a logical digital filing system and reduce your desktop icons to a select few. By the same token, clear off any sticky notes or reminders from your monitor, as they will only distract you from your work.
An important safety reminder from Cubicle Bilss: “As part of the safety exercise we concentrated on the areas near the employee’s feet where there could be cords that could get tangled in your feet. We ended up tying up the cords that were in the feet area using nylon cable ties that you can see in a photo within this article. I know it may sound like a small thing but the Safety Committee at my workplace looks at any potential safety hazard, this particular one is a tripping hazard, and takes steps to prevent any mishaps from occurring.”
Be sure to tidy up loose wires on and under your desk.
At Kitchener Clean, we value honesty, integrity, and the highest quality of customer service. In fact, we built our entire business on quality customer service. Kitchener Clean began as a home cleaning business - and because of that, we learned the skills necessary to impress even the most stringent demands of homeowners! Today we are still firmly committed to cleaning your office as thoroughly as we would our own home.
We treat your office as it if were a home. That is why we take the time to lift up objects and clean underneath them, not just around them - just like you would want at your home! Our Office Care Professionals are so thorough that we are confident that you will never have to re-clean anything that we have already cleaned.
We are a locally owned and operated family business so we treat our customers like we would treat our own family - with respect. We care about you, your business, and your unique needs. We also care about your health. That's why all of our cleaning products are non-toxic to ensure the safety of your staff.
To learn more about the Kitchener Clean team, click here.
“Not only were Tori and Derrick extremely helpful and professional, but they were extremely thorough. Our office space looks so much brighter and cleaner after their wonderful cleaning job. They scheduled me in very quickly after our walk through and quote because they new how eager I was to start painting and get our office open. Such amazing people! We will definitely be using their services again and I would highly recommend them. “
We service a wide variety of industries all across the Kitchener area. We offer commercial cleaning services to many different businesses, both big and small! If you are interested in learning more about the types of businesses we work with, see some examples below. You can also contact us to learn more!
Examples of Industries we serve:
Many different types of office spaces
Tech and start-up companies
Recreational centres, such as clubhouses
And much more!
We are happy to serve many different types of office spaces and workplaces alike, including restaurants, corporate offices, rec centres, and the ever-growing tech industry in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.