January and February deep cleans are most popular in hotels and the self-catering industry. Those quiet months at the beginning of the year are perfect for busting out the deep cleaning checklist.
Deep Cleaning Checklist
- A game plan
- A pair of rubber gloves
- Rags, scrub pads and towels
- Two buckets of water – one for the dirty water, one with clean and fresh water
- Disinfectant or multi surface cleaner spray
- A spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and water (1:1)
- A microfibre cloth or duster
- A vacuum cleaner
There is no reason why this effective method of cleaning cannot be adapted to any working environment. However, if you are running in particular a medical environment and adhering to the the strict CQC requirements, school or a gym, we also recommend you review your current arrangements and ensure you have a structured approach to your ongoing cleaning needs and also planned deep cleans, either with your in house team, or with your professional service supplier.
Deep clean your own workplace
- Remove clutter: Empty all desks, cupboards, filing cabinets and throw away any clutter which is no longer needed (Remember to recycle!).
- Disinfect: Using an eco-friendly disinfectant, multi surface cleaner (or mix 1:1 water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle) clean all shelves, drawers and surfaces. This is a deep clean, so make sure you go behind and underneath the desk and cabinets.
- Organise: Now that all cabinets are decluttered and cleaned, comes the fun part of organising all the remaining items back in their homes. Re-organising the stationery or filing cabinets does give us some real joy.
- Dust: Using a microfibre cloth or a duster, wipe all surfaces, countertops, desks and cabinets. This will ensure that you will remove any excess dust risen by the hoovering.
- Vacuum: Take your time vacuuming, making sure you reach all corners. Move the desks and chairs around and make sure you get every corner of the carpet or hard floor. You will be surprised what hides behind your office furniture.
- Ventilate: Whilst you wait for the dust to settle open your windows wide and let the fresh air in.
If you want to go deeper into organising your office, check out our previous guide – 5 Steps to Clean and Organise your Office.
If you work in an office, the kitchen is most likely cleaned on a regular basis by your contract cleaner. However, unless organised with the company, they will not be able to provide a professional deep cleaning service to your workplace.
Step-By-Step Tips: Deep Clean workplace kitchen
- Assess the “damage”: Have a quick inspection and see what needs to be done. This will be a great way to manage time and multitask.
- Game plan: Make sure you plan the deep clean to work effectively and quickly. No one wants to spend a whole day cleaning the kitchen. For instance, cups might need soaking in warm water and baking soda to remove the tea stains. These can soak in the sink whilst you’re busy clearing the cabinets.
- Declutter: Empty out all cupboards and shelves. Check the dates of all dry food and throw away as necessary.
- Fill up the sink: And soak anything that needs a bit of TLC. Think about the microwave turntable and dish rack (if you have one).
- Empty and clean the fridge: Empty the fridge and dispose of the food as required. If needed, you can also soak the selves in the sink. Give it all a good clean and back in they go.
- Clean and disinfect the cabinets, appliances and countertops: Spend extra time in cleaning all surfaces in the kitchen. Make sure you reach the upper side of the cabinets, you clean the appliances thoroughly and the shelves don’t get forgotten. Don’t miss the larger appliances such as the fridge.
- Finishing touches: Once the sink is empty, give it a thorough clean. Wipe down lower cabinets, tables and chairs.
- Trash Bin: Empty the trash and clean the bin, including the lid.
- Floors: Sweep / vacuum and mop the floors thoroughly
- Ventilate: Always ensure you have adequate ventilation, open your windows wide and let the fresh air in.
There may be other areas you need to do?
When finished remember to wash your hands and enjoy the rest of the day.
You’re all done!