Checklist for Cleaning an Office

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A clean office promotes a comfortable work environment and suggests a first impression of organization and professionalism. Employee health is also a reason to regularly remove dust and bacteria. Cleaning may be performed as frequently as every day, depending on the size and use of the office space. Whether a small-business owner performs the task personally, or a professional cleaning company services a large office building, the basic checklist is the same.


Receptacles should be lined with garbage bags to prevent odor and mess. Replace the liner and ensure the bin itself is clean. Garbage may be disposed of in a main dumpster organized by an office park or in cans to be put on the street on a designated pick-up day for a smaller building. Many offices also recycle and create composting bins to help improve environmental consciousness.


A clean bathroom helps prevent harmful bacteria. Disinfect sinks and toilets with a strong cleanser, mop the floor and clean the mirror on a frequent basis. Washing the walls and baseboards is also important to prevent dust and stain buildup.


Many offices have a kitchen space or common eating area. Clean counters are sanitary and help prevent pests, such as ants, that may be attracted to food residue. Gentler cleansers without bleach may accomplish this task while still providing safe exposure for food. Sinks should be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis, as should refrigerators--in addition to having an ongoing schedule of when expired food may be thrown out.


An office-wide dusting with a microfiber cloth removes irritants from the environment and helps relieve allergies. Perform this thoroughly and often. Keep hallways clean and free of debris to help prevent the look of wear and tear. Wash walls, clean baseboards, and vacuum area rugs or mats to improve appearance periodically.


The first impression of an office is the outside of it, and cleanliness counts. Keep porches swept and windows cleaned. Entry doors, particularly the handles, should be sanitized often. Landscaping should be maintained and outside spaces freed of cobwebs, grime and bugs.



About the Author

Val Reilly started her journalism career in 1995 and has contributed to both print and television including "The Argus-Courier," “State of Events” and the “580/680 News.” She has also worked in the newsrooms of CNN, KRON-TV and KFTY TV-50. Reilly graduated with a journalism degree from San Francisco State University, where she received an award for Promise and Creativity from the faculty.

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