How to Clean an Office

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A clean and organized office surely helps to boost the productivity of those working in it. Even though you try your best to keep your office clutter-free and as clean as possible, it is bound to get messy sometimes. You may not always get enough time, energy and resources to keep your office spotless and ordered at all times. Every once in a while, devote some time toward keeping your office clean so that the work does not pile up and you need to spend days for that purpose.

Things You'll Need

  • Trashcan or wastebasket
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Desk calendar
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Household cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner

Clean out unwanted papers and files

  • Find a big trashcan or wastebasket where you can dump all unwanted papers.

  • Go on a paper-hunting spree and gather all the paper trash from all over the office.

  • Go through the files and cabinets and get rid of all unnecessary paperwork. Clear out the desks and drawers and see if there is trash stored in them.

  • Collect old newspapers, magazines, flyers, outdated documents and tie them up in bundles for recycling.

  • Organize notes, messages and other information stored on scraps of paper in one notepad chronologically.

  • Ensure that the files and documents are stored where they belong. Label the files appropriately.

Clean desks

  • Use a damp cloth moistened with household cleaner to wipe the computers (including computer screen), CPU, mouse pad, keyboard, printers, copiers, scanners and countertops. To clean hard-to-reach places such as keys on keyboard and other such crevices, use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol or cleaner.

  • Dust the chair and cubicle partitions. Clean out the cabinets and wipe the interior with household cleaning product.

  • Pour antibacterial mouthwash or use a disinfectant wipe to clean telephone mouthpiece, headphones and mouse.

  • Clean coffee stains or soda rings on desk by rubbing with a clean cloth soaked in warm water.

  • Wipe ballpoint ink stains, marker or highlighter stains on hard surfaces or desks by applying a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the stain, letting it penetrate for a few minutes and rubbing it off gently with a clean soft cloth.

Overall cleaning

  • Wipe the photo frames and bookshelves with a damp cloth.

  • Vacuum the office area and mop the floor with a floor cleaner mixed with bleach.

  • Organize the trash so that you can donate the recyclable material to your neighborhood recycle center and discard the remaining trash. Paper, glass, cardboards, aluminum cans, plastic, furniture, etc. are common recyclable materials.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a large desk calendar to make notes and to take messages instead of having a clutter of sticky notes, so that you can keep all the information in one handy place.
  • Go through the files very carefully so that you don't discard any important file or documents.
  • Organize your cords properly. Tangles of cords and unorganized electronic equipment can lead to serious safety problems.

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