There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of a clean office environment. In previous Cool to Clean Ltd. blog posts we’ve talked about how a clean and clutter free work space increases workers productivity, as well as creates a professional self-image for customers and clients to see.
These are not the only reasons. If your office equipment is properly cleaned and cared for, you can actually prolong its lifespan and save yourself money. Firstly, because you won’t have to be replacing your equipment as often. Secondly, because dust and dirt can slow down the speed your equipment operates at. To use an old cliché, time equals money. A quick clean now could save you hours later.
Another reason to keep your office clean, the most important perhaps, is office safety. Should you, your employees or a customer trip over rubbish or get ill from mould or bugs which have been living in unclean kitchen areas, then you have not only a health risk, but a legal case too.
In light of all this, we’ve compiled a short list of ways to keep your work space in optimum condition:
- Make sure you have a cleaning bucket or cupboard filled with essential office cleaning equipment. This should include antibacterial sprays, dusting cloths, glass cleaner and paper towels. You could even create an easy to follow laminated chart that gives your employees step by step instructions on how to clean common office stains and messes.
- To keep clutter at a minimum you can allocate a space for every essential item in your office. That way you know there is enough room for everything and can easily clear out any un-needed office additions.
- Food hygiene in an office is very important. If everyone kept their lunch in a fridge with harmful bacteria in it, your whole workforce could get sick. Ask employees to put their name on anything they place in the fridge. That way you know who to ask when it’s time to throw food out.
- Our final point is to pretend you are a client coming into your office for a meeting. What are your eyes drawn to? Are there any areas that look dishevelled or dirty? You could walk the route that a client would take and make sure there are no trip or safety hazards for anyone to fall over. You’ll be surprised by what you can see, just by using another’s perspective.
At Cool to Clean Ltd we talk a lot about the importance of a clean office space. It has been proven that staff who are surrounded by a tidy environment will increase their productivity and efficiency throughout the day. This is probably because they spend more time worrying about their work than keeping their own space clean. It is also a great advert for your business to have a clean office space. It tells visiting clients or customers that you are a company who cares about its image. If you want to look be seen as professional it is important that where you work reflects that in how it is presented.
The easiest way to achieve this kind of cleanliness is to hire the services of a professional contract cleaning company. At Cool to Clean we have access to the latest cleaning technology, as well as a team of dedicated staff who have been trained with the most up-to-date cleaning techniques.
We are always looking for clever ways to keep every part of your office clean and guarantee a quality finish. Below are a few of the more traditional techniques we have come across, a selection that you and your staff can use during the day before your cleaner arrives.
This magical elixir comes from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, which are dried, crushed and then distilled to produce an oil ready to be diluted and distributed. Found in products like Vicks Vaporub, it is commonly used to clear chest congestion and ease coughs. Not just great for health though, it can also be used to remove the sticky residue left by stickers after you remove them from windows. A dash of eucalyptus and they are squeaky clean again.
Has your office kitchen microwave experienced one too many reheated dinners and exploded soups? The easiest way to get rid of the food stains inside is to take vinegar, mix it with water and place them in a bowl. Set the microwave to heat for 10 minutes with the bowl inside and hey presto you are clean. Simply wipe down the surfaces and away you go.
Sometimes, though lack of concentration, we can all get a little carried away with our market pens and find ourselves drawing on a surface that isn’t necessarily designed for ink. If your desk has received this treatment then try a little hairspray on the stain and simply wipe away. Fresh looking desk and a shiny clean surface is assured.
Bicarbonate of Soda
The go-to cleaning product for housewives across the UK. Having a small pot in the office may feel strange but can be a real stain saver. If your office is anything like ours then tea is regularly being poured and occasionally spilt on your carpets. A simple tip is to take a little bicarb mixed with water and gently rub into the stain. It may need repeating a few times but it certainly beats forking out for a new carpet!