Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Whether you clean your own office or are in need of office cleaning services in Halifax, you will appreciate these office cleaning tips especially during these unrepresented times during COVID-19!
It has never been more important to keep your offices, bathrooms, and common areas clean and germ free. It may be time to reach out to a local cleaning company who is well versed in cleaning all areas of commercial spaces properly.
When cleaning and disinfecting office buildings, schools, and retail spaces, choose products that clean and disinfect all at once. Professional cleaning companies use disinfectant cleaning solutions and/or wipes for all shared spaces, bathrooms, and seating areas of you office or school.
Simply cleaning with soap and water on a regular basis lowers the number of germs on most surfaces.
Here are a few quick cleaning tips from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) when tackling a daily cleaning job:
Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
High touch surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
The difference a clean office can make when coming to work is often times overlooked. If you work within an office space that doesn't meet your standards, contact a professional cleaning company who adheres to CDC cleaning standards.
Organization is key
Time = money, don't waste it! Working in a messy environment is slow and can have negative effects on productivity.
When you leave the office Friday evening to return Monday morning, you should be able to easily pick up whatever you were working on!
Take a look at your own space. Do you have a PC? Are the cords tucked away or a mess? The keyboard and mouse should remain in the same position for consistency and good ergonomic posture while typing.
Pens, Papers, Staplers, Binders, and Folders should all be neatly organized and easily accessible. At the end of the day make sure to tuck your chair in and or up on the desk to allow the floors to be swept / mopped.
Floors that shine
No big secrets here, at the very least floors should be swept with an angled broom once a week to remove all debris and clean corners where dirt builds up.
Collier's Cleaning Services recommend a stand up dust pan to minimize the need to bend over frequently.
The floors must also be mopped once a week to have them looking and smelling fresh. This includes a mop head, mop, and mop bucket!
We also recommend using a neutral floor cleaner which is safe for various different flooring surfaces. If the office has any carpets make sure to use a vacuum cleaner with plenty of attachments for those hard to reach areas around corners.
high Dusting & horizontal Surfaces
Did you know that dust accumulates over time in unexpected places? This is probably one of the most overlooked office cleaning tips that we can offer.
What works best for all surfaces is a dust feather! If your office has high ceilings be sure to buy one with an extended arm for those high light fixtures and cabinets that are difficult to reach!
You may also want to consider a small step ladder. Be sure to run the feather across all horizontal surfaces including windows, picture frames, doors, fridge tops, ledges, radiators, sprinkler's & smoke alarms, exit signs, and clocks.
If you feel you cannot do the dusting and cleaning yourself, there are a number of professional office cleaning companies in Halifax to choose from like Collier's Commercial Office Cleaning Services.
WIndows & doors
Any glass cleaner combined with paper towel will suffice for small windows or mirrors. For any large windows we recommend a squeegee with an extendable arm to reach high areas combined with sunlight dish soap, your glass will be looking invisible.
Windows should be cleaned at least once a week either by a staff member or a local commercial cleaning company in Halifax, Dartmouth, or wherever your office may be in HRM.
Doors and door frames will only need to be disinfected and wiped down once a month. Door handles however should more frequently wiped down around once a week as many people will come in contact with them.
Keep The Bathroom Spotless!
It is imperative to have a clean, sanitary bathroom for all visitors and employee's at the office!
Before cleaning the bathroom you should be wearing a pair of vinyl disposable gloves. Collier's Commercial Cleaning recommend cleaning bathrooms at a minimum twice a week, using bathroom disinfecting products on sinks, counters, toilets , and urinals.
The most common mistake people miss when cleaning office bathrooms is cleaning the bottom and sides of the toilets, attention to the small details is essential in providing professional quality office cleaning.
Lunch room / staff room / conference room
The same rules apply to the lunch room as the bathroom, at a minimum we recommend cleaning this twice a week as staff and visitors will need to eat in a clean, sanitary environment.
We recommend wiping down all surfaces with a microfiber cloth and disinfectant cleaner. These surfaces include tables, counters, chairs, sinks, stove tops, fridges, microwaves, water dispensers, coffee makers, television sets, shelving units, recyclable and garbage bins.
We recommend changing the garbage and recyclables at the same time as cleaning to ensure your office smells as clean as it looks!
Think you have time for all this cleaning?
If not call a local commercial cleaning company in Halifax that are experienced and provide affordable office cleaning services in HRM - www.collierscleaning.ca
The office space needs to be a place you and your co-workers feel comfortable in so don't take shortcuts!
Productivity and employee morale are certainly higher in a clean, organized environment. Small offices can be serviced in as little as two to three hours a week. Large offices may require many hours and frequent service.
So again, we are happy to provide these office cleaning tips, but if you do not have the time to do the cleaning yourself, the it may be time to look at hiring a professional office cleaning company in Halifax.
For all your commercial office cleaning and janitorial cleaning needs in Halifax, Dartmouth, and surrounding areas of HRM, contact Collier's Cleaning Services to discuss (902) 488 4562