An office, whether at your workplace or business, is a very
important room. It's where you spend the majority of your
working hours and is also where clients, business partners
and other people probably meet you. For this reason, it's
vital that you keep it both clean and professional looking.
Whether you handle the cleaning yourself or someone else
does it for you, having a well-organized and clutter less
office can give you a friendly, fresh and healthy working
environment. And it doesn't have to be as daunting as it
seems if you keep several things in mind!
Tips on how to keep your office clean
1. Clear the clutter & disinfect
Nothing looks worse than a cluttered, disorganized office,
and clutter is arguably the biggest obstacle when it comes
to maintaining a clean office. You need to make sure that
all the desks, counters, tables and all other workspaces are
free of clutter. The only way you can keep an office less
cluttered is to properly store your many documents.
One effective and increasingly popular solution to this
is to digitalize the documents and store information in
computers. This frees up huge physical space. If your
company is yet to embrace this, then try to create a system
for maintaining your physical files and do your best to use
Additionally, it's important to sanitize these spaces on a
regular basis. Why? Some research shows that an office desk
has 400 times more harmful bacteria than a normal toilet
seat. Your desk should be disinfected each day. If you can
clear the clutter and clean bacteria, you'll have a healthy
and professional looking office!
2. Use garbage bins well
Emptying your office's garbage cans & recycling bins
regularly is obviously important not just to prevent
stinking but to give your office a clean look. You may want
to consider designating specific bins for collecting food &
drink leftovers and containers. Compared to other waste or
clutter, food tends to rot really fast and might attract
flies and gnats so you make sure you empty the bins every
day. Other bins can be emptied as deemed necessary or when
they start to fill.
3. Clean your computer
Keeping your computers and other electronics clean will
ultimately improve the life, function and look of your
office. Use a dry cloth to remove dust and dirt on the
outside of the equipment regularly. If possible, have a
professional clean the inside of the equipment once in a
while. Remember that even if you can't see any dirt on your
computer, it doesn't mean that there's none. Never use
liquid to clean electronics.
4. Avoid eating at your desk
Another tip on how to keep your office clean is to avoid
taking food or drinks while at the office. This can be very
unhealthy as your desk is not as sterile as a normal
environment for having meals should be! Even worse, it can
have negative effects on your mental & physical health.
Psychologists argue that people need a change of environment
to refresh their mind, and a lunch break out of the office
offers an opportunity for just that. When you have your
lunch at the recommended area, you will keep both your desk
and mind clear.
5. Find a way to keep the common areas clean
While keeping your own workspace is important, all the
shared areas such as corridors should also be kept clean.
However, this can be a little difficult especially where one
does his or her own office cleaning. You need to delegate
and come to an agreement that the common spaces are a shared
responsibility. With clearly articulated rules and schedule,
you will find it easy to keep these areas clean.
6. Hire the professionals
If you have a large office or a very busy schedule, you may
consider hiring a cleaning company to do the cleaning and
keep your workspace in great shape. There are actually many
benefits you stand to benefit from this ─ the work will be
completed within a short time, you will save time for other
important activities and so on.
The advantages of having a clean office are many, from
increasing employee morale and productivity to improving
client perceptions. By following these tips, you will find
it easy to maintain a clean, professional look of your