How to Clean an Open Office Space Effectively

Amid the hum of activity, the clatter of keyboards and the water cooler conversations, an open-plan office space faces certain cleaning challenges. These issues range from desks marked by the traces of intense work sessions to common areas marked by the haste of coffee-fueled breaks. But don’t fret; we’re here to help you and your housekeeping team tackle those issues. Check out our guide to open-plan office cleaning to help ensure your workspace remains organised, healthy and clutter-free.

Create a Cleaning Schedule

Establish a regular cleaning schedule that includes daily, weekly and monthly tasks. This will help ensure that cleaning responsibilities are consistently met. Need more ideas on what to tackle for daily or monthly cleaning? Check out our checklist below:

Daily Cleaning Tasks:

  • Empty Trash Bins: Regularly empty trash bins and replace liners.
  • Wipe Surfaces: Use disinfectant to wipe down common surfaces, such as desks, countertops and tables.
  • Sanitise High-Touch Areas: Pay special attention to high-touch areas like doorknobs, light switches and elevator buttons.
  • Vacuum or Sweep: Vacuum or sweep the floors to remove dust, dirt & debris.

Weekly Cleaning Tasks:

  • Dust Surfaces: Dust all surfaces, including shelves, window sills and electronics.
  • Clean Electronics Carefully: Use appropriate cleaning products to clean computer monitors, keyboards and other electronics.
  • Wipe Down Glass Surfaces: Clean glass doors, windows and partitions with glass cleaner.

Monthly Cleaning Tasks:

  • Deep Vacuum or Clean Carpets: Use a deep vacuum cleaner or consider professional carpet cleaning to keep carpeted areas well-maintained.
  • Clean Air Vents: Boost indoor air quality and keep the workspace environment healthy by keeping air vents and HVAC filters dust-free.
  • Polish Furniture: Remember to polish wooden furniture to maintain its appearance.

Specify Cleaning Tasks for Each Open-Plan Office Area

Assigning precise cleaning tasks to each distinct zone within an open-plan office is a strategic move that ensures a comprehensive and tailored approach to maintaining cleanliness and order. Here are some examples:

Kitchen and Break Areas:

  • Clean Appliances: Regularly clean appliances like microwaves, refrigerators and coffee machines.
  • Wash Dishes: Encourage employees to wash their dishes promptly to prevent food buildup.
  • Sanitise Countertops: Keep countertops clean and sanitised, especially after food preparation.

Toilet Facilities:

  • Regular Cleaning: Ensure toilet facilities are cleaned and sanitised multiple times throughout the day.
  • Restock Supplies: Regularly restock toilet paper, hand soap & paper towels.

Floor Care:

  • Mop and Scrub: Use a mop and appropriate cleaning solution to clean hard floors, such as tile or hardwood.
  • Spot-Clean Carpets: Quickly address spills and stains on carpets to prevent them from setting in.

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Encourage Employee Cooperation

Encourage employees to keep their workspaces clean and organised. Provide guidelines for personal hygiene and cleanliness. And before you start your weekly or monthly cleaning tasks, encourage employees to declutter their workspaces. Ask them to remove any unnecessary items, papers or clutter from desks and common areas.

Remember, maintaining an open office space’s cleanliness is an ongoing effort. All hands on deck; everyone in the office—from the workers to the housekeeping team—must make a conscious effort to maintain an open-plan office space clean and healthy. 

Consider Professional Commercial Office Cleaning

As the demands of open-plan office maintenance grow, the option of bringing in professional office cleaning services becomes a good idea. You can have these services for specific periodic deep cleaning tasks, such as maintaining carpets and cleaning hard-to-reach areas. Hiring window cleaning experts is also beneficial to keep your exterior windows clean. Spotless windows help make a good first impression.

What’s another advantage of professional commercial office cleaning services? They often use environmentally friendly cleaning products. They can help ensure clean and healthy open-plan offices while contributing to companies’ commitment to sustainable practices. 

Contact Mathiou Services

Need help deep cleaning your office floors, maintaining HVAC filters or planning your commercial cleaning & maintenance checklist? Get in touch with Mathiou Services. 

As a one-stop shop for building repair & maintenance needs in Australia, we’re here to deliver a full range of commercial office cleaning & maintenance services. Give us a call to request a quote, or simply talk to us about your office cleaning requirements.