Everyone wants a clean and hygienic office to work in and to do business in. But while an office may appear clean and tidy, a number of areas require more than the usual attention when cleaning. They may hide germs and mildew, create an unsightly spot in the office, or even become damaged without proper cleaning.
What are some of these higher-maintenance locations in your work space?
Here are a few to look for.
Office workers use their computers every day, all day long. That means computers can get very dirty and hardly ever receive proper cleaning. You or your janitorial staff should wipe down computers, mice, and monitors regularly with approved disinfectant wipes. In addition, clean the hard drives and towers on a monthly basis. Finally, encourage employees to wipe down their computers before or after use with handy wipes.
2. Traffic Paths
While people may navigate all around your office, a few well-worn traffic patterns often stand out. These regular traffic patterns result in additional wear and tear as well as more dirt on those carpets, rugs, and even hard flooring. Because of this extra use, these sections of flooring will often need replacement much sooner than others.
Take note of heavy traffic areas in your offices, and do a professional deep clean on a regular schedule to maintain your traffic areas. You may also want to use mats or smaller rugs to protect the flooring underneath.
Have an old-fashioned landline in your office? Most businesses still do. But these well-used office tools are another place that usually gets overlooked when cleaning and sanitizing.
Phones need daily sanitation — especially any shared among multiple people. Check with your cleaning staff to ensure that they take proper precautions to prevent germ buildup on phones and keypads. And purchase cellphone cleaning wipes for all employees to use on their own.
4. Reception Areas
The reception area must present the right look to customers and business partners when they first walk in. But a clean reception lounge is more than just one that is tidy and wiped down. Because so many different people use this shared space while coming and going, germs can easily linger.
What are some hotspots to pay attention to? Some studies have found higher concentrations of potentially bacteria-laden residue on door handles, phones, water fountains, vending machine buttons, and coffeepots. Assess your reception area by looking for items that people touch while casually waiting, including armrests, side and coffee tables, the front counter, and writing material to check in.
5. Eating Areas
Where do employees eat while they work in your office? If you have an employee break room or cafeteria, this should be a focal point for deep cleaning. Food preparation areas, microwaves, and tables need daily, thorough cleaning and sanitizing. Make sure the floors receive thorough washing on a regular basis as well.
Whether or not you have a designated break room, many office workers like to eat at their desks as well. If your employees have this habit, provide tools and extra time to wipe down desks daily. Institute a clean desk policy to help keep work surfaces cleaner and reduce clutter than can trap particles. And ask the janitorial staff to move desk items and chairs to ensure thorough vacuuming and wiping.
Do any of these potential trouble spots in your office need an extra helping hand? Advanced Office Care can help. Call today to meet with one of our cleaning care professionals, and learn what we can do to keep your office happy and healthy. We are happy to answer any of your questions.