The Ultimate Office Cleaning Checklist: 16 Steps for a Perfect Clean

Keeping your workplace clean and organized is crucial to maintaining a professional appearance and ensuring that your employees are productive. 

A clean office also creates a healthy environment, preventing the spread of germs and illnesses. But with so many different surfaces and areas to cover, office cleaning can be a daunting task. 

Use this checklist to make sure you hit all the critical spots and create a clean and inviting space.

1. Prepare for Office Cleaning by Gathering All the Necessary Supplies

Excellent cleaning starts with solid preparation. Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand, including:

  • Cleaning cloths, paper towels, or rags
  • Broom
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop and bucket
  • Glass cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Trash bags

Some people also like to have a dustmop handy for hard-to-reach places. This is especially important if anyone in your office suffers from allergies.

Also, be sure to have enough supplies to last the entire cleaning session. 

There's nothing worse than starting to clean and then realizing you're out of paper towels!

2. Make a Plan of Attack

This might seem like an unnecessary step, but trust us, it'll save you time (and headaches) in the long run.

Decide what needs to be cleaned and in what order you'll do it. 

That way, you can make sure you're not missing anything and that everything gets done in a 

timely manner.

Having a clear plan will also help if you're delegating tasks to others.

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For instance, you might want to start with common areas like the kitchen and break room, then move on to individual offices or cubicles. You might also want to do a deep clean of the bathrooms once a week.

Depending on the size of your office, you might need to break the cleaning down into smaller tasks you can complete over a few days.

3. Start With a General Cleaning of All Surfaces

Once you have your supplies and plan ready, it's time to start cleaning. Start by dusting all surfaces, including desks, shelves, keyboards, and windowsills. Use a clean cloth or duster, so you're not just moving the dust around.

Next, move on to cleaning all the hard surfaces, like floors, walls, and doors. These areas accumulate a lot of dirt and grime, so they might require a little elbow grease.

If there are any spills or stains, treat them as soon as possible. The longer they sit, the harder they'll be to remove.

4. Don't Ignore the Little Details

While cleaning, wipe down light fixtures, vents, and blinds. These areas are often overlooked, but they make a big difference in the overall appearance of your office.

Also, don't forget to empty wastebaskets and ashtrays. If they're full, it creates an instant cluttered look.

5. Clean the Windows

Dirty windows can make your office look dingy.

To clean them, remove any screens and set them aside.

Then, use a squeegee and a bucket of soapy water to wash the windows. Start at the top and work your way down.

Once the windows are clean, dry them with a paper towel or chamois.

If your office has any large windows, you might consider hiring a professional to clean them for you. Otherwise, you could end up with streaks or water spots.

At Custom Maids, we specialize in commercial cleaning and can take care of all your window cleaning needs. We also offer a wide range of other cleaning services to keep your office space looking its best.

6. Dust the Electronics

Computers, printers, and other electronic equipment can breed dust and dirt. 

Not to mention, they're expensive to replace if something goes wrong.

To clean your electronics, start by dusting the exterior with a clean cloth or duster. Then, use a computer cleaning spray to clean the keyboard, monitor, and other interior surfaces.

Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions, so you don't damage the equipment.

7. Clean the Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one of the most important places to keep clean for health and aesthetic reasons.

Start by cleaning the toilets and sinks and scrubbing the showers and tubs. Be sure to use a disinfectant cleaner in the toilets and anywhere else germs lurk.

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Don't forget to wipe down the mirrors, floors, and other horizontal surfaces. And be sure to restock the paper products and hand soap, so your employees (and customers) always have what they need.

8. Organize the Kitchen and Break Room

A clean kitchen and break room will make your employees happy (and more productive).

Start by cleaning the fridge and oven, then move on to the counters, cabinets, and floors. Be sure to wipe down the outside of the appliances and empty the garbage cans.

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Then, organize the pantry and restock the shelves with non-perishable items. Don't forget to clean the coffee maker and fill the coffee and tea supplies. Your employees will thank you!

9. Tidy Up Individual Offices and Cubicles

Once the common areas are clean, move on to individual offices and cubicles.

These areas can be more challenging to keep clean because everyone has different preferences.

Start by decluttering the desk and surfaces. Then, dust, vacuum, and wipe down all the surfaces.

If there are any personal items, like photos or knick-knacks, ask the owner if they want them removed before you start cleaning.

10. Disinfect High-Touch Areas

To prevent the spread of germs, be sure to disinfect all door knobs, light switches, and other high-touch areas.

Use a disinfectant wipe or spray and follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure the area is adequately disinfected.

11.Vacuum and Mop the Floors

Once all the surfaces are clean, it's time to vacuum and mop the floors.

Start by vacuuming all the carpets and rugs. Move any furniture to get under it and into all the corners.

Then, mop all the hard surface floors. Use the appropriate cleaner for the type of flooring you have.

12. Replenish Supplies

Once you've finished cleaning, restock any supplies you used. This includes things like paper towels, hand soap, and toilet paper.

You should also replenish your cleaning supplies to prepare for the next time.

13. Take Out the Trash

Empty all the trash cans and dispose of the garbage appropriately.

If you have any recycling, sort it and put it in the appropriate bin.

14. Inspect the Office for Any Missed Spots

Take a walk through the office to check for any missed spots. Clean it up if you see any dirt, dust, or debris.

If you spot any fingerprints, smudges, or stains, wipe them away.

The goal is to have a clean office from top to bottom, so don't leave any area untouched.

15. Put Everything Back in Its Place

Once you've finished cleaning, put everything back in its place. This includes furniture, decor, and personal items.

If something doesn't have a home, find a place for it or get rid of it.

A tidy office will be more inviting and pleasant to work in.

16. Adjust Your Cleaning Schedule

Finally, check your cleaning schedule and make any necessary changes.

  • Are there any areas you should clean more often?
  • Is there anything you can do to make the cleaning process more efficient?
  • Can you delegate any tasks to other employees?
  • Should you hire a professional cleaning service?

Make any necessary changes and update your schedule, so everyone knows when the office will be cleaned.

Your Turn!

Cleaning your office is vital for creating a healthy and productive work environment. By following this checklist, you can ensure that your office is always clean and tidy.

And, if you're looking for professional help, contact Custom Maids. We specialize in commercial cleaning and can customize a cleaning plan to meet your specific needs.

Contact us today and let us help you keep your office clean and clutter-free!

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