Did you know that your office desk is up to 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat? As a business owner, investing in a consistent cleaning regime is so important to protect your employees’ wellbeing – but where can you get started? Below, we’ve put together some of our top tips on making your office cleaner and more hygienic – let us know what you think!
Don’t forget about the fridge
One of the most commonly overlooked areas for small businesses is the communal areas such as kitchens and breakout rooms. From making cups of tea to preparing lunches, these spaces are likely amongst the dirtiest in your premises, so cleaning them thoroughly is so important. Set clear guidelines on what can and cannot be stored in your communal fridge and give it a good wipeout once per week. You should also bin food that’s out of date.
Organisation is vital
It’s not just cleaning that you and your employees should be focusing on – it’s organisation. A good office environment will not only be sparkling clean, but free of unnecessary clutter, too. Go through office cupboards and drawers and give them a good sorting out – what do you need, what can be recycled, and what can be thrown? The less clutter and unnecessary paperwork there is lying around, the more likely you are to keep on top of your cleaning.
Take a look at the plants
If you have houseplants in the office to improve air quality and add some greenery, you might want to consider dusting off the leaves once every month or so. Although plants are known to clear the air of toxins and help to release humidity, their leaves need to be kept clean – if there’s a build-up of dust, the chances are they’ll struggle to breathe and could die.
Consider a deep clean
If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your office space and don’t have the time to put your rubber gloves on, consider working with an FM provider who can give your property a good once-over. From one-off deep cleans to weekly or daily office cleaning, the chances are you’ll save in the long-run by investing in a third party cleaner. Not only will it guarantee the job is done to a high standard, but it shows employees you care about their wellbeing.
Focus on keyboards and headsets
Keyboards, mice, and headsets are amongst the dirtiest things in the office, so give them some extra attention. In fact, you might even want to consider replacing peripherals such as keyboards and mice when a new member of staff joins the company, and avoid hotdesking.
Head to the bathroom
Disinfecting bathrooms on a regular basis is another important cleaning ritual to add to your daily schedule, not only to give off the right first impression when customers enter your building but to keep your staff safe. Remember: the cleaner your premises is, the less likely your staff are to pick up any bugs, and therefore the less likely they are to take time off work.