Office Cleaning Checklist: Make Sure Everything Gets Cleaned

Your office makes a statement about your business, whether you are a one-person shop or have several employees on staff. Make the best possible impression on potential and existing customers by keeping up on office cleaning tasks. The awesomeness of Molly Maid doesn’t travel to offices but we do make house visits! Call 1-888-583-6490 now to connect directly with your local Molly Maid. Each maid services team comprises insured, licensed and uniformed housekeepers who are regularly supervised. Click here to request service in your area.

At many businesses, customers may only see the entrance or office areas, making their cleanliness vital. They make take their business elsewhere if the surfaces are messy or downright dirty. It shows a disrespect for customers.

Daily tasks:

  • feather-duster2Remove any cobwebs and dust light fixtures; see our post on eliminating pollen and dust for additional dusting tips.
  • Wipe down horizontal surfaces and doorknobs with a disinfectant; tidy any materials left out such as brochures and flyers.
  • Wipe fingerprints from light switches and door frames.
  • Spot clean windows, glass and any painted surfaces.
  • Vacuum or otherwise clean seating of debris.
  • Remove trash and replace bag if necessary.
  • Vacuum or sweep/mop all floors.

Weekly tasks:

  • Clean all windows and glass.
  • Polish any metal, such as bars between hard and soft surfaces, on floors.
  • Vacuum air vents.

Also regularly schedule cleaning of your exterior windows and deep cleaning of all of your floors, whether via hot-water extraction for carpet or steam cleaning for tile. The frequency depends on traffic, but do it quarterly at the minimum.

Bathrooms

If customers have access to your office bathrooms, they should be spotless. Imagine their disgust if they are not.

Daily tasks:

  • Photo: Ed Kohler via Flickr

    Remove any cobwebs and dust light fixtures.

  • Clean toilets inside and out with a disinfectant.
  • Wipe down horizontal surfaces, hand dryers, paper towel holders, light switches, and door handles with a disinfectant.
  • Clean mirrors; spot clean windows, glass, and any painted surfaces.
  • Remove trash and replace bag.
  • Sweep/mop all floors.
  • Restock toilet paper, paper towels if applicable, and soap.

Weekly tasks:

  • Vacuum air vents.
  • Wipe down stalls with a disinfectant.

Kitchen and Lunchroom

Common kitchens and lunchrooms are perhaps the most difficult areas in an office to keep clean. Fortunately, customers typically do not see these areas, but employees do so be sure to set rules for their use and enforce them.

Daily tasks:

  • Kitchen CleaningRemove any cobwebs and dust light fixtures.
  • Wipe down horizontal surfaces, including tables and chairs, with a disinfectant; tidy items that remain on the counter such as sweeteners, spices and paper products.
  • Clean sink.
  • Wash coffee pots.
  • Clean microwave.
  • Wipe fingerprints from light switches and door frames.
  • Spot clean windows, glass and any painted surfaces.
  • Vacuum or otherwise clean seating of debris.
  • Remove trash and replace bag if necessary.
  • Vacuum or sweep/mop all floors.

Weekly tasks:

Clean fridge; let employees know that anything not taken home by the end of a certain day will be thrown out, but allow them to mark items that should be kept such as regularly used condiments, etc.

Private Offices and Cubicles

Also encourage your employees to keep a tidy office or cubicle, especially if they see customers in it. They should keep clutter off their desktop and choose only appropriate personal items, keeping them to a minimum. While a family photo can be a welcome sight to a customer, photographic evidence of spring break during an employee’s college years may not. Finally, employees should be reminded to clean their computer mouse, keyboard and monitor clean thoroughly on a periodic basis.

by Molly Maid