A clean office is a happy office. It sounds cliche, but it really is the truth. Having a clean office improves employee health, morale, and productivity. Clean offices also make better impressions on customers or clients (and improperly maintained ones can cost you their business). Finally, clean offices are an important tool in preventing the spread of COVID. But how often should you clean the office? And how often should that clean be a deep clean rather than a regular clean? Read on to learn more.
Regular office cleaning refers to the tasks that are done every day, every week, or every month, including taking out garbage, cleaning off surfaces, wiping down touchpoints, and vacuuming or sweeping floors. The required frequency of these sorts of tasks depends on the task: trash needs to be taken out at least weekly, but if it fills quickly, it should be done more frequently, while desks should be tidied daily. Many regular cleaning tasks can and should be done by individuals in the office whether you have a cleaning crew or not (for instance, individuals should always clean and tidy their own desks). Overall, these tasks are any of the cleaning jobs that are small but add up to a tidy office.
Deep cleaning is usually best handled by professionals who have the proper skills and tools to do the job right. Deep cleaning tasks include any jobs that require specialized knowledge, chemical cleaners, special tools, or considerable effort, like buffing floors, changing air filters, and cleaning upholstery, for example. These larger tasks need to be done less frequently than regular cleaning, usually only once or twice a year. Keep in mind that your office’s scale and complexity can cause deep cleaning needs to change. Larger offices will have more tasks that should be handled by professionals. If the office has a lot of carpeting, you might need more intensive floor cleaning more regularly.
COVID has made it much more important to do both regular and deep cleaning. If you have a confirmed or even just suspected case of COVID in your workplace, you should make sure you have a deep clean. Even without a confirmed case, you need to stay on top of keeping surfaces and touchpoints sanitized. You also need to have hand sanitizing stations and cleaning tools readily available for staffers to use so they can clean off work areas and limit surface contamination.
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