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Your Detailed Office Cleaning Checklist

Your office space is a reflection of your company. If a client were to walk into your office at this moment, how would it look? Would it be shiny, clean and professional? Or would it be dusty, dingy and dull? That first impression is critical.

The cleanliness of your office space also affects your employees and guests. A tired, dirty work space demotivates people. Even worse, it can make them sick. A clean office keeps your employees happy, improves their productivity and reduces sick days.

Having an office cleaning checklist makes it easy to get the space clean and keep it that way. Every office space is different, though. Here's a detailed cleaning list that you can use to get started. Add or delete tasks according to your office needs.

Daily

Daily office chores help keep the space clean and ready for day-to-day operations. They are the ones that shouldn't be neglected. Here's a daily cleaning checklist for office spaces to get you started.

Reception, lobby and workspace

  • Wipe hard surfaces, such as reception counters and desktops, with a damp cloth and disinfectant.
  • Clean glass doors with window cleaner.
  • Wipe down door handles and light switches with mild disinfectant.
  • Spot-clean walls and painted surfaces as needed.
  • Polish any brass or bright metal.
  • Remove cobwebs as needed.
  • Empty waste bins, clean/disinfect as needed, and add new liners.
  • Vacuum floors to pick up daily dust and debris.
  • Shake out and vacuum rugs. Put back in appropriate places.
  • Mop hard surfaces with disinfectant solution.
  • Clean and restock coffee/refreshment area for clients, if needed.
  • Clean client seating area in reception, straighten magazines, and refill brochures.

Break rooms and kitchens

  • Sanitize and clean all sinks, doors and fixtures.
  • Wipe down all hard surfaces, including tables, cabinets, baseboards and counters.
  • Refill soap dispensers and replenish hand towels.
  • Wash and rinse dishware. Put away.
  • If there‚Äôs a dishwasher, load dishes into it and run it.
  • Clean the inside and outside of the microwave.
  • Empty and clean the coffee maker. Restock supplies, if needed.
  • Wipe down and shine reflective surfaces like glass, mirrors and brass.
  • Spray disinfectant on all sides of sinks, doors, appliances and soap dispensers.
  • Mop the floor with disinfectant solution.
  • Remove cobwebs as needed.

Bathrooms

  • Sanitize and clean all sinks, toilets, doors and fixtures.
  • Wipe down all hard surfaces, including cabinets, baseboards, counters and stall sides.
  • Refill soap dispensers, replenish toilet paper, and refill paper towels.
  • Remove cobwebs as needed.
  • Make sure hand dryers work.
  • Wipe down and shine reflective surfaces like glass, mirrors and brass.
  • Spray disinfectant on all sides of toilets, sinks, doors, soap dispensers, toilet paper dispensers, toilet seats and air dryers.
  • Mop the floor with disinfectant solution.

Weekly

Weekly tasks are those that go deeper than daily tasks. They aren't needed every day, but they help keep the space cleaner and healthier in the long term. Here's a weekly professional office cleaning checklist to begin with.

  • Squeegee glass windows, inside and outside.
  • Polish and buff hard surfaces, including conference tables and hard floors.
  • Empty refrigerator completely. Dispose of all food items. Clean and disinfect the fridge, inside and outside.
  • Empty all trash receptacles. Clean and disinfect inside and outside. Add new liners.
  • Dust all reachable surfaces, including light fixtures, window sills/frames, door frames, filing cabinets, wall hangings, computers, keyboards, monitors, office dividers, etc. Work from top to bottom.
  • Vacuum carpets thoroughly, getting into tight spaces, moving furniture, etc.
  • Spot-clean carpets, as needed.
  • Dust office plants and clean surface of pots.

Monthly

Monthly tasks are those that don't endanger immediate employee/client health and safety. They cannot be ignored, however. Here's a monthly office cleaning list to start with.

  • Vacuum all fabric surfaces, including office chairs and sofas. Spot-clean as needed. Don't forget to lift cushions and vacuum underneath.
  • Vacuum HVAC vents, using vacuum brush attachment.
  • Dust high surfaces with the help of a long-handled duster and/or ladder. Work from top to bottom.
  • Deep-clean carpets and rugs.
  • Pull out break room/kitchen appliances. Vacuum refrigerator coils. Clean floors and walls. Put appliances back in place.
  • Remove contents of cabinets. Clean inside and out.

Making It Easier To Clean the Office

Here are some tips to make it easier to clean your office.

  • Clear away the clutter. A clear desk or counter is easier and faster to clean. Plus, an uncluttered space looks more professional.
  • Keep office cords secured with zip ties and cable clips. Loose, tangled cords make it difficult to vacuum or dust.
  • Put things away before leaving each day. It makes cleaning tasks easier.
  • Add mats inside and outside each exterior door. These mats help keep dirt and debris from getting tracked through the office.
  • Keep cleaning supplies handy for quick cleanups. A spray bottle and a few paper towels can make quick work of a small spill or dirty handprint.

This sample office cleaning checklist gives you the foundation to build one customized to your needs. Your custom checklist will help you keep your office clean and in good order. Where are you going to start?