4 Tips for Keeping your Commercial Office Clean
Whether you have a full-time job in a commercial building or you’ve converted a room in your house to an office and work from home, keeping your work space clean is essential to optimal health (both and physical and mental) and productivity. With this in mind, here are 4 quick and easy tips to keep your office or work area clean:
1.) Clean Computer Equipment and Electronics
Regardless of what industry we work in, many of us white-collar workers spend countless hours at the office typing away on keyboards, scrolling with computer mice (mouses?), and staring at computer monitors. As a direct result of all of this human activity these electronics get extremely dirty and dusty, prompting the need for frequent cleaning. To effectively clean your computer equipment, buy wipes specifically made for electronics and get in the habit of cleaning at least your keyboard and computer screen weekly, if not daily. This will help keep germs at bay because studies show that a keyboard is one of the dirtiest objects period in an office setting.
2.) Take Out the Trash and Vacuum
Just like in a home, taking out the trash and vacuuming every so often are essential tasks to keeping unwanted dust, debris, and clutter out of a work space. More than likely, these tasks will be carried out by a cleaning crew or company janitor. That’s fine. That doesn’t mean that individual employees should neglect their own desk or common areas. With this in mind, remember to keep your work area clean and remove any excess garbage to help avoid insects or mold. Also, try to avoid eating at your desk as much as possible.
3.) Help Keep the Office Kitchen Clean
If your building or office floor has a kitchen, it’s important to keep this area extremely clean. This includes washing dirty dishes right away, taking out the trash, cleaning the microwave of crumbs, and throwing out old food inside the refrigerator or freezer. This will help avoid unwanted visitors like insects, rodents, or mold. Additionally, have employees label their food so you know who it belongs to before anything is discarded. While your company may have a janitor or other cleaning services, keeping the office kitchen clean is the responsibility of all employees who use the area for eating, drinking, or socializing.
4.) Wipe Down Office Phones (and Cell Phones)
If your use a phone system at your office, and most companies do, make sure to wipe them down with a cloth. This includes both the handset and the dial pad, as well as adjacent areas. This is because along with computer keyboards, office phones typically have the most germs on them due to all of the regular activity they receive. Cleaning both computer equipment and any phones at your desk will go a long way toward keeping you from getting sick, especially during flu season. With this in mind, it’s probably a great idea to frequently clean your cell phone and phone case as well. After all, most of us use our cell phones even more than our work phones.
Keeping your office setting clean will go a long way toward avoiding a pest infestation or unwanted mold. If you do have mold or mildew inside your office or home, give our mold specialists at 911 Restoration a call right away and we’ll take care of you!