You probably have some kind of cleaning regimen to keep your home or apartment clean, but do you have a routine for cleaning your office space?
Heading into the cold and flu season, office cleaning practices become a priority for many employers. In reality, though, they should stay top of mind year round – especially in the era of COVID-19.
Whether your workplace hires out professional cleaning on a regular basis (a good idea!) or staff members are regularly chipping in to keep the office clean, these tips will help you to keep your personal workspace clean and sanitized.
Still working from home? These tips still apply and can help you keep your designated at-home workspace fresh and germ-free.
How to Keep Your Workspace Clean and Hygienic
Working in a clean office space is important for a variety of reasons, so making it a priority is key – but keeping your workspace clean can sometimes feel like a daunting task to manage with everything else you’re juggling.
These cleaning tips and techniques take minimal time and effort, but will make a big impact when it comes to workspace hygiene and cleanliness.
Keep Cleaning Products on Hand
This first tip is more of a strategy to help you keep cleaning as a priority. Having a well-stocked arsenal of cleaning supplies on hand can enable you to clean quickly and conveniently, without having to shop or search for the products you need to get the job done.
Assemble a small collection of your favorite cleaning products and keep them at (or near) your desk for easy access! That way, when the urge or need to clean something strikes, you won’t be deterred.
Clean a Little Bit Each Day
Don’t save all your cleaning for one day! Instead, do a few small cleaning tasks each day. Add it into your daily routine and soon you won’t even have to think about doing it.
If you spend just a few minutes each day cleaning and sanitizing, it won’t feel like much but it will add up to a significant effort. You’ll likely notice a difference in the cleanliness of your work station without feeling the overwhelm you might expect from implementing a new cleaning regimen.
Build It Into Your Schedule
If you’re on board with cleaning a little bit each day, be sure to add your regular cleaning session to your calendar so it becomes something that’s built into your daily routine. Then, hold yourself accountable! Treat it like an appointment.
Having a designated time to take care of the task of cleaning can do wonders for actually making it happen. Even if you have the best of intentions, daily clean up is something that can easily slide off your list of priorities. But if you set aside even 5 minutes a day to dedicate to cleaning your work area, you’ll see and feel a difference when it comes to reducing clutter and contamination.
Keep It Simple
Cleaning a workspace doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking – especially if you tackle a little bit at a time. You can also keep the cleaning tasks you do very simple. There’s no need for extravagant measures to keep a space at a base-level of cleanliness and hygiene. Simply wiping down surfaces is enough to make an impact.
It’s also a good idea to invest in products that make it easy to clean. Single use disinfecting wipes, handheld vacuums, and microfiber cloths are just a few handy and affordable cleaning supplies that can help you keep it simple while keeping it clean.
Handle Messes & Clutter Immediately
Notice your keyboard gathering gunk? Take a couple of minutes to clean it off. Spill coffee on your desk? Wipe it up right away. See a pile of papers getting a little bit too high? File them or throw them out on the spot.
Messes and clutter give germs yet another place to gather within your workspace, and you don’t want that! Handle things as they come up rather than letting them accumulate and you’ll notice a reduction in clutter, plus give bacteria fewer places to hide where you’re working.
Deep Clean Regularly – And Schedule It Ahead
A quick wipe-down is good regularly, but be sure you schedule a deep clean once a month or so and stick to that schedule! Put it in your calendar, and don’t be tempted to overlook it.
Regular ‘deeper’ workspace cleanings can help to ensure that you don’t get so deep in a mess that it becomes truly overwhelming to get your work area back to a baseline of clean. It will help make it easier to keep your space clean and healthy with minimal efforts on a daily basis if you build in an opportunity to put in some elbow grease once in a while.
Take Control of Your Workspace Cleanliness
Even if your employer has professional cleaners coming in on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to take control of your own workspace – whether it’s a cubicle or an office – when it comes to cleaning.
You spend more time than you think immersed in work. Having a clean, sanitary place to do that work is worth making a priority, especially since it can help keep you healthy!
Curious about other ways to make your workspace healthier? We share 8 easy ways to create a healthier workspace here.
Interested in more tips for keeping your office clean and organized? Check out our office cleaning checklist for some ideas to get you started.
Looking for other ways to avoid office germs? Check out our 10 tips for avoiding sickness at the office.