Workplace Cleaning Checklist for 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt taken the world by storm. The virus has continued to spread globally being transmitted through contaminated surfaces and people breathing in spoiled air particles.
Now more than ever, it’s come to the world’s attention how important excellent hygiene and cleanliness standards are throughout public facilities, home spaces and workplaces. Legal covid-19 restrictions are coming to an end and the world is learning to live with covid-19. This means that workplaces are opening their doors again, encouraging staff to come back to the workplace and facilities expecting increased footfall. Staff have become used to remote working and, for many people in the UK the thought of going back to the workplace, whether fully or partially can bring about anxiety. This could be as a result of the ongoing threat of coronavirus or the fear of change. To alleviate concerns around coronavirus and the spread of other germs, it’s vitally important that businesses continue to take steps to look after the health and safety of all visitors and staff.
One thing to think about is what workplace cleaning routines you put in place. To help you deliver high cleanliness, we have put together a workplace cleaning checklist that gives you guidance on what areas in your office you should be prioritising.
The Importance of a Clean Workplace
A clean workplace represents safety and assures staff and visitors you care about the people within your organisation. Maintaining the hygiene within your facilities not only keeps all who come and go safe from infection, but can also improve productivity, focus and efficiency. On the flip side, a lack of hygiene creates a negative atmosphere and culture within your team while in the current climate it may make office employees feel uneasy. Not only does bad hygiene negatively affect business figures but also the welfare and satisfaction of employees.
A study found 46% of over a thousand UK workers said they ‘believed their office cleanliness had been responsible for sickness’, 68% believed ‘lack of general hygiene’ was a factor impacting on their absences. By putting hygiene, health and the wellness of staff first by creating a clean workplace, you’ll begin to see a boost in business growth and employee engagement overall.
How to Keep Your Office Clean
To consistently maintain hygiene within your offices you need regular cleans each week to ensure germs are kept at bay. A good cleaning routine helps with this, utilising effective methods of cleaning for the right areas, from entrance ways through to workers’ desks and office equipment.
10 million bacteria live on office desks, the average computer keyboard harbours around 7500 bacteria and 11% of office workers never clean them. It’s always a good idea to ensure surface wipes are also readily available to employees at all times with checklists in place to record exactly what should be cleaned and when.
Office Cleaning Checklists
As an employer, you have a duty of care to protect your staff and visitors from potential risks and keep them safe. By utilising daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning checklists, you can be safe in the knowledge that your facilities stay clean in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Without the necessary cleaning protocols in place, there’ll be no way to measure and regulate your office cleaning, which can have a negative impact on your employees as well as your bottom line.
To make cleaning routines manageable within your offices, why not take a look below at our daily, weekly, and monthly hygiene cleaning checklists?
Daily Cleaning Checklist
Daily cleaning tasks are the minimum that should be done in order to keep your facility clean and sanitised. They should include:
- Vacuuming floors in all entrance spaces, offices, kitchens, and washrooms including tiled floors
- Mopping all hard floors with disinfectant, including washrooms and toilet floors
- Wiping down any windows, mirrors or walls that have been touched
- Emptying and washing rubbish bins, replacing bin liners.
- Sanitising and disinfecting all surfaces including office desks, tables, chairs, computer keyboards, mice, digital touch screens, monitors, skirting boards, handrails, doors, door frames, radiators, windowsills, light switches and any other surfaces frequently used/touched
- Cleaning all kitchen facilities such as the fridge, microwaves, water dispensers and counter tops
- Emptying, loading and running the dishwasher
- Thoroughly sanitising all washroom facilities and toilets with disinfectant
- Wiping down washroom counter tops including hand dryers, hand soap dispensers, etc.
- Refilling all soap, sanitising and drying dispensers within washrooms and the general facility
Weekly Cleaning Checklist
Weekly cleaning tasks are bigger and more in-depth than daily cleaning jobs. These are tasks that will create a healthier work environment for all who come and go. They could also be done more efficiently and effectively with the help of professional commercial cleaning services:
- Disinfecting all working surfaces such as office desks, computer keyboards, monitors, shared phones, screens.
- Thoroughly cleaning windows and entryways
- Emptying and sanitising all bins and cleaning with disinfectant
- Buffing, disinfecting and polishing all hard floor surfaces / conference tables
- Emptying the kitchen fridge and thoroughly disinfecting it
Monthly Cleaning Checklist
Monthly cleaning tasks are those that can be left without affecting the health of employees, however they are still as vital as the daily and weekly cleaning tasks:
- Vacuuming all vents
- Dusting all high surfaces
- Vacuuming all fabric office chairs and visitor chairs
- Vacuuming and deep cleaning commonly touched surface areas
Essential Cleaning Supplies for Your Office
Quality cleaning supplies are crucial to assuring the health and safety of your employees and visitors. In order to complete effective daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks you’ll need to invest in proper cleaning equipment that’ll allow you to do the job properly and maintain outstanding workplace hygiene. Prior to buying any products, you should check that they are safe and can be used on the surface/areas you are cleaning. Here are basic cleaning supplies to stock up on:
- Disinfectant solution
- Air freshener
- Cleaning cloths
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- Glass and window cleaner
- Furniture polish
- Surface disinfectant wipes
- Heavy-duty detergent
- Washroom all-in-one cleaning solution
- Bleach for toilets and urinals
- Dishwashing liquid
- Hand soap dispensers
- Hand sanitising dispensers
- Carpet cleaner
- Descaling agent
COVID-19 Cleanliness & Hygiene Guidance for 2022
The Health and Safety Executive is regularly reviewing and updating its guidelines on cleaning, hygiene and handwashing to reduce coronavirus transmission. HSE provides guidance on ensuring employers protect people from harm, which includes taking steps to provide protection to staff and visitors from coronavirus. Recommendations include ensuring the workplace is kept clean and promoting handwashing to reduce infection transmission so businesses can continue to operate safely.
While Covid-19 restrictions may have come to an end, workplaces should continue to review guidance in order to keep people safe, look after employee wellbeing and provide a considerate workplace environment where staff can do their best work.
Full guidance on cleaning the workplace can be found here.
The Benefits of a Professional Cleaning Company
Neglecting your workplace hygiene can have major repercussions on areas of your business such as your brand image, employee wellness, and facility standards. However, we understand that keeping your office space in pristine condition isn’t as simple as it sounds.
To do so businesses require the right cleaning products, knowledge, additional time on top of all other commitments, and expert skill to keep hygiene standards under control week in week out.
To ensure the removal of germs and bacteria, you may want to consider choosing a national cleaning company with right expertise, equipment, and skills to undertake this task for you.
While employees can help by cleaning down their workstations when they have finished for the day, they may not have the correct training or knowledge to perform deep cleaning of specific areas.
This is where the benefits of a professional cleaning company outweigh the costs; with a commercial cleaning company, you can rest assured your staff and visitors are protected. Professional cleaners are always up to date with the latest cleaning knowledge and know exactly what chemicals and equipment to use to get rid of germs effectively. This means you and your employees can have peace of mind that the cleaning is being performing done right and to the highest standards.
Jani-King’s Workplace Cleaning Services
Jani-King can support your business with our office and building cleaning services to ensure the highest levels of hygiene are maintained, no matter what your budget is. With over 50 years’ experience and supported by a global brand, we can be your stable cleaning provider and you can rest assured that we aren’t going anywhere.
For more information about our services get in touch with our friendly expert team today or call us. We have the knowledge and skill required to ensure your facilities stay sparkling clean and most importantly, safe at all times.