It is that time of year again and there are numerous reasons to launch on a thorough spring cleaning in any business setting. During the long winter months, dirt and grime have gathered inside and with Spring bringing warmer temperatures, bacteria also begins to grow. In addition to the freshness that Spring cleaning can bring, it also becomes a natural remedy to prevent infection and disease. With Winter turning into sunshine and warmer weather, now is the perfect opportunity to make any building clean and fresh again.
Here are some tips to get you started on what might appear to be a rather formidable task.
- Set aside enough time. We know you’re busy, but just a few hours dedicated to cleaning, can result in a distraction-free work space and more productivity in the end.
- Start with the clutter. Clear the area of debris. Organize any stacks of paper or files that might be lying around and put them in their proper place. Sort through and throw away anything you no longer need. Convert paper files to digital copies when possible. Use a desk drawer organizer to store your office supplies. Put everything in its proper place.
- Clean the computers. Studies show that office keyboards are a perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria. To clean, simply unplug your keyboard and gently shake it upside down above a trash can to remove any loose debris or use compressed air. Wipe the surface with a disinfectant wipe. Turn off the monitor and use an electronics wipe or microfiber cloth to get any dust off the screen. Make sure your electronics are completely dry before plugging them back in or turning them on. Check the batteries in your mouse or wireless keyboards. Check your printer as well. Do all the parts move smoothly? Are you up-to-date on manufacturers’ updates? Is the printer free of paper bits? Make sure you have extra cartridges on hand, so you’re never caught short without ink.
- Tackle the spaces.
Floors: Whether hardwood, linoleum or vinyl, all floors need to be thoroughly cleaned to get rid of deep down dirt and germs. Thoroughly sweep or vacuum the floors. Use a mop to clean and sanitize the floor. Strip the floors as needed and apply fresh coats of wax or finish.
Carpet: Vacuum all carpets with a regular vacuum. Remove as much furniture from the rooms as possible. Use a carpet cleaner to extract deep down dirt and leave carpets fresh and clean.
Walls: Dust from the top down with microfiber rags, getting the corners and other hard to reach places. Dust crown molding, baseboards and ceiling corners. Use a solvent-free degreaser to get rid of grease stains, food splatters and fingerprints. Pay special attention to light switches. Dust down any light fixtures, ceiling fans, bookshelves, pictures and furniture located against walls. Wash down doors, handling scuff marks as you go. Touch up any paint on the walls where needed.
Windows: Dip a window scrubbing wand into the cleaning solution, picking up just enough liquid to wet the window. Use a microfiber wand or microfiber rags as they won’t leave lint on the window. Wet the entire window, then go back over it once to loosen stubborn soil. If using a sprayer, spray from top to bottom. Dampen your squeegee blade and pull the dirt and water off the window surface. Continue across the window, overlapping into the clean, dry area with each stroke and wiping the blade with a damp cloth each time. Finish with a horizontal stroke across the bottom and wipe any water off the sill with a damp cloth.
Furniture: Gently beat cushions from couches and chairs to remove dust and surface dirt. Check for stains and treat appropriately with proper stain removal products. Vacuum thoroughly with a powerful hose to clean under seat cushions and in hard-to-reach crevices. Take the time to polish any wood furniture and condition leather furniture with proper solution. Wipe down fabric shades with a dry cloth.
Light Fixtures: Remove light fixtures and wash them carefully with an all-purpose cleaner and water.
Cabinets, countertops & sinks: Use warm water and neutral cleaning solution on a sponge to clean off fingerprints, food stains and other unsightly markings. If grease is present, use a solvent-free degreaser to target those spots. Don’t forget the areas in and around handles. Use a glass cleaning formula to shine any metal fixtures. Target any mildew build-up with a powerful cleaner.
Bathrooms & Rest Rooms: Wipe down and sanitize walls and ceilings. Clean air vents. Handle any unsightly grout lines between tiles and reseal tile and grout. Sanitize paper towel holders or hand blowers. Disinfect light switches and fixtures. Mop and scrub floors, paying special attention to grout lines, corners and moldings. Remove rust from toilet seat screws and tighten any toilet seat hinges. Replace toilet scrub brushes and clean all toilets thoroughly.
Break Room: Clean out any refrigerators, throwing away expired food and wiping down all surfaces with soap and water. Sweep and mop underneath refrigerators and dust the coils (make sure it is unplugged while doing so). Clean the microwave, inside and out and also any dishwasher. Clean and disinfect the coffee maker and other small appliances.
- Check air vents and filters. With pollen floating around from Spring blossoming, you don’t want to trigger any office allergies. Clean or replace all air filters. This should be done every 12 weeks. Not only will this get rid of winter stuffiness but will make healthier breathing all around.
- Miscellaneous Spring Cleaning Actions. Clean and disinfect all trash cans. Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Vacuum and scrub all doormats and replace as needed.
Contact Empire Cleaning Supply directly for any further questions on equipment or products that are best suited to your Spring Cleaning needs.
7733 Telegraph Road
Montebello, CA 90640