1.De-Clutter Look around your desk right now. Chances are - barring the compulsive tidiers in the audience - you've got some stuff that simply doesn't need to be there; envelopes from the post this morning, notes that you've since typed up, some old business cards - in an office, the list of clutter is nearly endless. So, start with the things right in front of you - put old bits of post straight in the bin, file away the important things on your desk and scrap all those waste bits of paper you use to make notes whilst on the phone. But don't just stop above the desk - have a look through your desk drawers for things you really don't need, and get rid of them! As an office cleaning company in London, we find the biggest cause of in-desk clutter is promotional tat from conferences and expositions - if you'll never use it, bin it or give it to someone who will! 2. Disinfect Just as beauty is only skin-deep, your office's cleanliness can only be surface-clean! Alongside getting the duster and furniture polish out, add a disinfecting regimen in to your office cleaning schedule and you'll really thank yourself by the time summer hits! Anything that your hand comes in to contact with (phones, mice, keyboards, door handles etc.) should be given the once-over with a disinfectant wipe or cleaner at least once a week. For those of you who hot-desk, we're sure you'd appreciate knowing that the phone you're going to be using all day has been given a thorough once-over after used by someone else yesterday! If you're guilty of eating at your desk, make sure that your keyboard is blasted with some compressed air, too, to make sure that any crumbs are dislodged. Anyone with allergies or sensitive sinuses that uses your keyboard will be able to breath a little easier knowing that there isn't debris being dispersed under their nose with every keystroke! 3. Rejuvenate Every office has at least on set of files that are in desperate need of some TLC. So, why not make it your Spring Office Cleaning mission to give them a new home? Whether they're old directories, contracts or spreadsheets, the chances are if they've hung around this long, they're important. Re-organise them into fresh ring-binders, insert particularly old information into plastic wallets and condense down anything that's taking up too much room. They whole office will be grateful knowing that there's a little more elbow room and shelf space being created. Whilst likely to take a chunk out of your day, studies have shown that cleaner workplaces with less clutter increase the productivity of the staff that work in them, so you'll probably make that time up over the rest of the week! That is it for now but stay tuned for more office cleaning tips here at Total Clean Office Cleaning London!
Anyone who has ever visited a company’s head office to find their office looking like it’s been annihilated by adverse weather conditions, will probably admit that their opinion of the company went down as a result.
In the same way that you can’t help but judge the author of an email littered with spelling and grammatical errors, you invariably judge a company whose employees’ work at desks piled with seemingly random papers.
It all comes back to that age old rule: your first impression counts - mess that up, and you’re facing an uphill battle that could’ve been easily avoidable. Whether we like to acknowledge it, a cluttered, untidy and - worst of all - unhygienic office is likely to scare off new clients. In fact, never mind about new clients, you want your current partners to hold you with high esteem, right? If so, undoubtedly the best way for that to happen is creating a clean, organised environment and sometimes the best way to do that is by hiring a professional office cleaning company.
As a business manager, the key is to shift the company’s attitude to creating clutter. This is significant for two reasons.
First is because the overall efficiency and productivity of a business can increase when employers spend just a minute a day less searching for documents etc. By itself a minute doesn’t sound like much of course, but accumulatively - over the space of weeks, months and years - it can make profound difference to your business’ growth.
Secondly, cleaning gets harder the worse mess becomes. It’s human nature to put off chores like cleaning until tomorrow. Problem is; tomorrow comes and the mess is worse, making tidying up even more of a chore. It’s a vicious (and ultimately messy) cycle!
So how can you sort this? In today's office cleaning tips we will bring you a wise and environmentally friendly idea to help you reduce paper clutter in your office. The tidiest offices are generally those that simply have less material clutter to begin with. And how do they manage this? By bringing in a digital filing system…
It’s likely your business already has a network, and that’s a great starting point. Next comes a complete overhaul of the network’s file structure. This will take some time and careful consideration. A general rule-of-thumb is that an effective digital file system – when compartmentalized – reflects exactly how the business is organised and leaves room for future amendment and likely change.
Of course, there will always be a need for hard copies. However, to discourage printing unnecessary hard copies, some organisations have avoided giving each employee their own filing cabinets, and instead, opt for a communal filing station that of course means getting up, walking over and finding the appropriate file.
Although simple, making this change and gathering your troops for a inspiring talk about the reasons behind, is a sure fire way to instal greater productivity and the priceless benefit of your employees and clients enjoying spending time at the office - the value of which barely needs our endorsement!
Eco-friendly is the big buzzword right now in the cleaning industry and manufacturers of cleaning and maintenance products have caught on to this trend, introducing eco friendly cleaning solutions to their products lines.
The main criticism with eco-friendly cleaning services and producs is that it’s a higher expense for something that has the same outcome as traditional cleaning solutions. Overall, it’s easy to wonder if you’re getting bang for that extra buck.
Now, you will see a lot of terms thrown around such as “green” “eco friendly” and “biodegradable” when looking at cleaning products or services. The truth is that companies will grossly exaggerate their green credentials in order to convince you that their products are non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-carcinogenic.
If this is the case, then how do you tell apart the real from the fabricated?
Well, for a start, the Environmental Protection Agency offers an eco-friendly certification called Design for the Environment – which essentially validates any claims to being eco-friendly.
Another way is to look for “Green Seal” certification which, again, will appear on a product’s packaging and identifies the product as fulfilling eco-friendly standards. That said, such certifications are voluntary, meaning that not all products without these certifications are not eco-friendly.
In our experience, super-slick branding and packaging for products that profess to being eco-friendly often turn out to contain ingredients that are chemical-based as opposed to citrus-based solvents, vinegar, natural abrasives and essential oils.
This is mainly down to its parent company responding to the demand without wanting to invest in new product development. We’d suggest that, when all else fails, look for minimal packaging or cleaners that can be refilled from concentrate to cut down on packaging waste – as they often turn out to be the most effective and genuinely eco friendly cleaning solutions.
Now for cleaning companies a way to certify that their cleaning services are eco-friendly is to ask for their green accreditations and for their environmental cleaning policy.
While it might seem rather arcane to use natural ingredients for cleaning, most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on the same principles of chemistry that allow tea tree oil to remove mould.
Not only are these natural ingredients equally effective as branded products, most can be found in your kitchen cupboards and are entirely non-toxic. Meaning you can clean every inch of your home safe in the knowledge that you’re doing it in an environmentally friendly manner using ingredients that cost - ounce for ounce - about one-tenth of the price of their commercial counterpart. Making and trying your own toxic-free cleaning equipment takes no time at all with these simple directions.
First off, you’re going to need some essential, basic ingredients - which you can mix-and-match to find the best cleaning solution. They are: baking soda, white distilled vinegar, tea tree oil, washing soda and a good liquid soap or detergent. To mix and apply the solutions you’ll want, ideally, 6 clean spray bottles and 2 glass jars handy.
Now you’re ready to get cleaning – green style! Let’s start with the most straightforward but versatile cleaning solution:Multi-purpose cleaner
All you need for this is 1/2 teaspoons of washing soda, a dab of liquid soap and 2 cups hot tap water. Then simply combine the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag. Simples!Window cleaning
For this one, you’ll need to mix 1/4 teaspoons of liquid detergent, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 cups of water, again, into a clean spray bottle. Shake it good and use as you would a regular branded product. The soap in this recipe is important, as it cuts the wax residue from the branded products you might have used in the past.Oven cleaning
The notoriously hard-to-clean feature of every home: the oven can turn into a grimy mess without regular cleaning. To stay on top of this, measure 1 cup (or more) of baking soda, fill a jar of water and prepare have liquid detergent at-the-ready.
Clean by sprinkling water generously over the floor of the oven. Cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is virtually turned white. Then sprinkle some more water on top and let the mixture set overnight. The grime will loosen considerably by the next day, allowing you to wipe away the grease. Once you’ve cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent (or soap) onto a sponge and wash the remaining residue. If this recipe doesn’t work for you, use more baking soda and water next time! Don’t worry, just pile it in.Mould removing
This spray is a proven winner with removing mould and mildew. It works particularly well on mouldy ceilings and mouldy shower curtains. The key ingredient in this mix is tea tree oil, which can be expensive, but a little goes a very long way. All you have to do is combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups water in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. And voila, you done.
Now we want to hear from you. Have you got any green cleaning tip that you would to share with us? Please use our comments to share your eco-friendly cleaning tips.