After nearly two years of remote work, you may be getting back into your regular office work environment. During this time, it is pertinent to deep clean the workplace to remove dust, allergens, and harmful bacteria from the office.
Most workplaces hire office deep cleaning services to get the space ready for business operations, even on a regular basis and deep office cleaning should be done once a month for ideal cleanliness.
What You'll Need
If you'll be tackling the office deep cleaning by yourself, you'll need some strong cleaning solutions, and equipment to remove stains, dust particles, and debris. Here's what you might want to consider getting to deep clean your office:
- Strong vacuum cleaner
- All-purpose cleaner
How to Do an Office Deep Clean
It is easier to do an office deep clean if you break down the tasks involved into 6 parts: vacuuming, wiping, washing, bathroom cleaning, stain removing, and sanitizing. By doing so, you can make the tasks more manageable, and tackle deep office cleaning step-by-step.
Part 1: Vacuuming
Vacuuming is the first step to any deep cleaning, and professional deep cleaning services also start with vacuuming every inch of the space. This is because the vacuum suctions up any loose dirt, debris, and particles in the room that would otherwise fly off to other surfaces as you clean one area in the office.
Vacuuming should be done one at a time as well, as it is a time-consuming task. By breaking it down from area to area, you can work on vacuuming a small space at a time, and make the task easier. Vacuum these office fixtures in each area:
- Ceilings - to get rid of cobwebs and dust;
- Above appliances and cabinets;
- Office chairs;
- Around office equipment like printers and projectors;
- Carpets and furniture.
Part 2: Wiping from Top to Bottom
After vacuuming, it is good practice to start wiping surfaces from top to bottom. Start with the highest fixtures, such as light fixtures, air conditioning units, and switches. Work your way down to the walls, any fixture hanging on the walls, picture frames, company logos, and more. Lastly, wipe fixtures closest to the floor, such as crown molding.
Part 3: Washing
Wash any fabric material that can be washed. Fabric chairs can be hosed down and scrubbed clean with some dish soap or detergent, and left out in the sun to fully dry. Wash curtains, seat covers, and other fabrics in the laundry machine, then let these dry before placing them back into the office.
Whenever possible, wash the carpets using a carpet shampoo, and scrub them clean. Use a wet and dry shop vacuum cleaner to remove excess moisture, then rinse the shampoo away with plain water. Vacuum up the moisture once more, and let the carpet fully dry. Make sure there is ample ventilation and air circulation for the carpets to dry properly.
Part 4: Cleaning the Bathroom
Next, clean the bathrooms. The toilets should be scrubbed clean, and any shower areas should be free of mold. Use a commercial cleaning solution to ease the bathroom cleaning, or use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to deodorize the bathroom, kill mold, and get rid of stains. Sanitize the bathroom fixtures, walls, and floors with a strong disinfecting solution.
Part 5: Removing Stains
Remove any build up or stains you see along the way. To do this, it is best to consider the material of the furniture. Marble and natural stone fixtures cannot be cleaned with acidic solutions, so it is best to use a commercial stain remover formulated for natural stone.
On the other hand, fabric, acrylic, and other materials can be cleaned using a paste of vinegar and baking soda. The baking soda lifts stains, while vinegar breaks them down. This is especially useful in the bathroom, kitchen, and printing area, as they may have the most stains. Different stains react differently to cleaning solutions:
- Ink stains on hard surfaces: Use rubbing alcohol
- Ink stains on fabric: Use rubbing alcohol, then wash
- Ink stains on carpet: Dab with rubbing alcohol until stain is gone
- Wax stains on hard surfaces: Carefully peel off the wax with a plastic card
- Was stains on fabric: Place a towel over the stain, and use a hairdryer to melt it
- Food stains: Wash or wipe clean with baking soda and vinegar
- Oil stains: Absorb with a baking soda and vinegar paste
Part 6: Sanitizing
The last part of deep cleaning the office is to kill germs around the space. To do this, use a sanitizing solution, and spray or wipe down surfaces with it. Sanitizing the office space regularly will help you keep up your hygiene standards, and maintain an overall healthier space.
For gadgets, you may want to use a diluted solution of rubbing alcohol as most screens may blur with commercial disinfectants. Ideally, use a disinfecting solution that is safe for LCD screens and gadget parts. Dampen a cloth with the solution, and wipe down each appliance or gadget with it.
Why Choose a Professional Cleaning Company?
Deep cleaning the office is no light task, and it often takes an entire team to do, depending on the size of your office space. When considering to do deep cleaning, or even regular cleaning, it is better to avail the services of professional cleaners instead as they are trained to tackle even the toughest grime.
At Luce Office, we specialize in cleaning office and commercial spaces for all our clients. From cleaning high traffic areas to clearing up stains from spilled drinks, our cleaners are well-equipped to tackle the cleaning tasks around the office!
Contact us today, and set a schedule to keep your office spotless!