aside from our home, the place where most of us tend to spend the most time is at our office. And in order for us to be able to work comfortably and productively, it’s important that we do all that we can in to keep our workplace just as clean as possible. Yet just like with the rooms in our house, if we’re not careful to do this on a daily basis, papers can start to pile up, dust can settle on our furniture and our office can begin to become a huge mess.
To prevent this from happening at your office, we are giving you workplace cleaning and maintenance tips. If you apply these to your daily schedule, your workplace will remain spotless—every single day.
Create a formal filing system:
Being that daily work oftentimes consists of writing things down, it’s pretty understandable why a lot of paper would start to collect in your office space. That’s why it’s a good idea to create a formal filing system. Although you might still need a couple of filing cabinets, being that a lot of contracts, documents and correspondence can be done online.
Put up some recycling bins:
Every office is going to have trash. But something that you can do to keep it from piling up while also doing something good for the environment is to create some recycling bins. Create one for paper, plastic and also one for leftover food. (The food one you can turn into compost that can be used to fertilize your lawn at home or garden outside of your office building.)
Establish a “no eating” rule (at the desk). Develop the Right Habits in Your Employees:
Remind all of your employees that they have a basic responsibility to their work environment. They should each be making an effort to leave every public space cleaner when they leave it than it was when they entered, and they should each spend at least 15 minutes out of every day just focusing on keeping their personal environment clean and tidy.
Just like crumbs can make a mess in the rooms of your house, it can do the same thing in your office space. In fact, in some ways it can be even more damaging because grease and small pieces of food can get caught up in your computer (resulting in you needing to get your computers repaired) or worse, pests coming into the area. The best way to avoid all of this is to establish a “no eating” rule. Encourage people to drink water or juice (out of a recyclable container) at their desk instead.
Vacuum and dust daily:
One of the reasons why it’s such a good idea to vacuum and dust daily is because a build-up of dusty can lead to allergic reactions and respiratory issues. So, before you leave for the day, don’t forget to vacuum your floors and also to dust your furniture. In order to prevent dust from flying around, use a wet rag and to keep chemicals and toxins out of the air, make your own furniture polish. Just combine one cup of olive oil, four tablespoons of lemon juice and a couple of drops of essential oil.
Every Friday is Clean-up Day:
Every Friday before they check out for the weekend, every employee should take the time to wipe down their computer, monitor, keyboard, speakers, telephone, lamp, pencil holders, paper organizers, and anything else in their personal area. Always spray your cloth with cleaner and then wipe; never spray cleaner directly onto any object.
Don’t Leave a Mess for the Janitor:
Remind your employees; the janitor has plenty of tasks to complete on their schedule. Don’t ever just leave a mess for the janitor to deal with, simply because you know that the janitor is there and is obligated to cleanup your mess. Be responsible and try to cleanup after yourselves
Consider hiring a professional cleaning service:
Even with all of the tips that we offered, it certainly can’t hurt to hiring a professional cleaning service. For instance, if you happen to live in Nigeria and you hire Trabajillos Facilities Management to clean and maintain your office space once a week, you can be confident that whatever you may have inadvertently overlooked, they will take care of it for you.