There are a lot of benefits of having a clean workspace, from increasing productivity and boosting the physical and mental health of your staff, to being an integral part of your customer service when dealing with clients in-house. In this blog, we’re going to tell you some tips to keep your office clean all-year-round.
Always organize your paperwork and declutter the desk space
The key to having a clean office is to make sure that there is no mess on your desk. Make sure you’re keeping everything organized. A huge difference can be made by little things like filing away paperwork or storing it on desktop trays, then recycling it when it’s no longer needed, as well as taking used mugs and other utensils back to the kitchen at the end of the day to put in the dishwasher.
Clean the restrooms on a daily basis
Office toilets need to be cleaned every single day in order to ensure employee and customer safety. The toilets need to be scrubbed, the counters need to be wiped and the floors need to be mopped every day after working hours in order to get rid of all the bacteria which have been built up through the day.
Keep electronics free of dust and dirt
To clean your electronics without damaging their functionality is to wipe them with a soft rag moistened with a disinfectant, or using a duster to get into the spaces between keyboard keys etc. But it’s important to make sure that you’re not getting any excess moisture into your devices because it could cause an array of troubles from malfunctions to short-circuiting the whole office.
A clean break room
Tea rooms and lunch break rooms at your workplace should be clean at all times. Wipe the microwave after it has been used, load the dishwasher at the end of the day, give the counter a clean and empty the bins.
Cleaning your kitchen can take a lot of your time away. But don’t worry because there are several cleaning tips and tricks out there that can help you to clean your kitchen in 10 minutes (or even less!). These tips and tricks won’t give you a deeply cleaned kitchen, but it’s an amazing daily exercise as it will ensure that your kitchen never gets unmanageable.
Step #1: Get all your products and cloths together
This is more important than you think it is: having all your cloths and products together will help you to clean everything a lot quicker. Make sure you’re having all the appropriate products to hand so that you don’t have to waste precious time sourcing the items you need to clean.
Step #2: Put rubbish straight away in the bin, don’t leave it in your kitchen
By checking the kitchen and throwing away rubbish, you will soon notice a remarkable difference in your kitchen. When you removed all the rubbish, you’re able to clean without any obstructions.
Step #3: Put everything away in the cupboards
In order to be able to clean your kitchen properly, you need to make sure that everything has been put away and is all tidied up. By putting away the things that are cluttering the surfaces this will immediately make the kitchen look tidier.
Step #4: Fill your washing up bowl with warm soapy water
Once everything on the surfaces has been removed, find all your dirty dishes in the kitchen (and elsewhere in the house) and put them in your washing bowl to soak.
Step #5: Wipe down surfaces
While your dishes are in your washing bowl to soak, use your time wisely and start wiping down all your surfaces. Use a disinfectant and most importantly a clean cloth and your surfaces will be sparkling in no time! If you have a few minutes to spare you could also clean your microwave and clean the hob.
Step #6: Wash up your dishes by hand or use the washing machine
Now you need to wash the dishes that have been soaking in the washing bowl. This can be done by hand or by simply loading them into the dishwasher. In the perfect situation, the dishwasher has already been emptied in the morning but if not, this can be done during step 4.
Step #7: Sweep or vacuum the floor
Depending on how dirty the kitchen floor is, now is the right time to give it a quick sweep, mop or vacuum. Make sure that if you mop the floor that you leave enough time for it to dry, as otherwise, it will become dirty again.
Step #8: Take the bins out
During step #2, you’ve filled your bin up with rubbish, so always remember to empty the bins and to replace the bin with a fresh liner. By doing this, you will ensure that your kitchen will not smell dirty.
Step #9: Replace your towels
Congrats! You’ve almost finished your high-speed kitchen cleaning process. Now the finishing touches are important. Make sure you replace your dirty towels with a clean one. It will definitely contribute to a fresher-feeling kitchen.
Don’t be controlled by the mould. We’ve all been a victim of mould, which is usually the result of condensation. Enough is enough! St Anne’s Housekeeping believes that everyone deserves to feel at home. Here are our top tips to help you.
Dry Your Washing Outside
As you may already know, condensation is probably the most common cause of mould. Mould grows in warm and damp conditions, where there isn’t much airflow. Drying your laundry indoors will produce condensation. This will have a negative impact on your central heating. If drying your clothes outside isn’t possible, we would recommend you dedicate a room to dry them, leaving a minimum of one window open. This will help reduce condensation. You can prevent mould by drying the affected area.
Open a Window and Shut the Door
Whilst carrying out your usual duties in the bathroom or kitchen, it’s recommended that you close the door and open the window after use. This will prevent condensation from settling on walls, windows and ceilings. This will allow any excess moisture to disperse naturally without affecting the temperature of the air in the house. To make like easier, you could buy an extractor fan to help reduce condensation.
Ban the Smoke
Smoking cigarettes indoors highly reduce the quality of the air in your home. Take great care in maintaining the hygiene on your fireplace, if you own one. Removing the harmful dust, prevent soot and smoke from contaminating the air. Your home environment might be more polluted than outdoors. Chemicals from household cleaners, spray-on-deodorants, hair sprays and other chemicals affect the quality of air. A wise idea would be to open a window every so often.
Destroy the Dust Mites
Dust Mites enjoy damp and mouldy conditions. You’ll find dust mites in bedding, carpets and other soft furniture. If you’ve had your pillow or duvet for more than two years, approximately 10% of the weight is made up of dust mites and their droppings. Beddings, cushions and carpets should be cleaned or hovered on a regular basis.
Overfilling your bedroom wardrobe and kitchen cupboards limit the air from circulating inside. Make sure your furniture is at least 50mm away from the walls so that the air can move around freely. Also, it will make conditions warmer if you place furniture against internal walls inside the house.
Clean Carpets Regularly
Having carpets inside your house can come with dust mites, dirt, hair and fungus if it’s not maintained correctly. This can potentially cause asthma and bronchial attacks, which can cause bad smells and decrease the air quality inside your home. Have you got carpet fitted in your kitchen and bathroom? It may be a good idea to change the flooring to tiles or laminate. This can prevent mould, fungi and dust mites. If you enjoy having carpet in your bathroom and kitchen, rooms need to be well ventilated and carpets need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Remove the Mould
Prevent the condition from escalating by removing the mould. Furthermore, it’s recommended you don’t remove any mould yourself, knowing condensation is NOT the culprit. Also, if the mould covers an area more than one metre squared. Protect yourself from the mould by wearing goggles, long rubber gloves and a mask which covers your mouth and nose. Keep your doors closed and windows open whilst cleaning to prevent spores spreading to other areas in the house.
What you will Need:
· Wet Cloth – Cloth – Use a cloth dipped in soapy water to carefully wipe the mould off the wall
· Dry Cloth – Once the mould is removed, use a dry cloth to remove the moisture from the wall
· Plastic Bag – To take away any clothes and soft toys that are mouldy. Put the rags in a plastic bag and throw them away
According to NHS Choices, damp and mould may cause respiratory problems, infections, allergies and asthma, and can also affect the immune system.
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Telephone- 020 3397 7495 | 0800 999 3397
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