The air ducts, break room, door handles and windows are some of the most important office cleaning tasks that are all too often overlooked. As a result, offices make people sick, give off a poor impression and create a number of other completely avoidable issues.
Tidy Team is here to help you stay on top of all of the most important cleaning tasks so that you can focus on your area of expertise, building up your business.
The Most Important Office Cleaning Tasks In An Office
1. Computers & Other Electronics
Did you know that the average keyboard is dirtier than a toilet? So many hands touch electronic devices and as a result they must be disinfected on a regular basis.
2. Air Ducts
Air ducts need to be cleaned out on a regular basis to prevent a build up of dust, mold, bacteria and microscopic particles that have the potential to make you and the rest of your office very sick.
3. The Break Room
The break room is loaded with bacteria and yet this is where employees come to unwind, relax and eat. The fridge, toaster, coffee machine and countertops all need to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. At the end of every week make sure to clean out the break room fridge to prevent food from going bad and stinking up the place.
4. Furniture & Upholstery
Upholstery and furniture offers a nice place for germs, stains and other icky things to hide out. All furniture should be cleaned on a regular basis. It’s not only sanitary, but it’ll help prolong the life of your furniture—a win-win.
5. Door Handles
Don’t forget the door handles that everyone touches as they enter and exit different parts of the office. Dirty door handles offer a quick way for illnesses to spread around the office, and next thing you know half of your staff is out of the office with the same flu.
6. Office Phones
Kind of like door handles, office phones are nearly impossible to use without touching them. Make sure they are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to prevent the spread of nasty infections and germs.
Windows build up with all kinds of dirt and debris, on both the inside and outside. Dirty windows lead to allergies and other health issues for employees, but it can also cause your business to look less than its best. Regularly power-washing windows is a must for both health reasons and in order to keep up with appearances.
Ask us about setting up a personalized schedule to ensure your windows are always clean!
8. Cleaning Your Cleaning Tools
Using dirty cleaning tools is a big no-no, that is unless you want to scrub and scrub for no reason at all. After using a sponge to wipe down your countertops you want to clean it before moving on to your next mission. Otherwise you end up spreading the same germs all over the place. Cook the sponge in the microwave for a few seconds to bake off those icky germs.
You can never vacuum too much. Using the right vacuum can suck up over 99% of particles that will otherwise get kicked up into the air, decrease air quality and contribute to illness and allergies.
Special Considerations For Restaurants—Avoid Health Code Violations, Fires & Angry Customers
Shows like Kitchen Nightmares and Bar Rehab reveal the ugly and very dirty side of way too many restaurants and bars people trust to serve clean and decent food. Your customers don’t appreciate a dirty eatery and neither do Health Inspectors.
Simply cleaning out kitchen hoods and ducts can greatly reduce your risk for a kitchen fire. In fact, there are 7,600 structural fires reported to US fire departments every year. 21% of which are related to poorly cleaned kitchen hoods and ducts.
Daily Cleaning Checklist:
-Wiping down and sanitizing all areas where food is prepared and served.
-Properly scrubbing out dirty pans, pots and utensils.
-Sweeping, vacuuming and mopping all flooring surfaces.
-Getting rid of any old food.
-Keeping good food stored at the right temperature so that it remains good.
-Taking out trash before it has a chance to stink and spread issue.
-Cleaning out all grease traps.
-Swapping fryer oil
-Brushing off the grill
Weekly Cleaning Checklist:
-Clean and disinfect any empty coolers.
-Clean out the ice machine.
-Clean out the coffee machine.
-Clean out the ovens.
-Use drain cleaner on all floor drains.
Monthly Cleaning Checklist:
-Clean exhaust hoods, especially those that are used over deep fryers
-Clean out and wipe down the dry storage area.
-Scrub and disinfect the fridge and freezer.
-Wash out the areas between the stove and any other appliances—you might be surprised how quickly nasty things build up in these tight spaces.
Need Help Keeping Up With The Cleaning?
Keeping your business as clean as possible is no easy task; in fact it can start to feel like a full time job. Allow Tidy Team to take the stress off your plate with our superior detail-orientated cleaning services. Contact us today to learn more.