Office cleaning has a variety of purposes, all of which may essentially be described under the broad banner of “benefiting the business”. That is to say, an office that is not regularly cleaned quickly becomes a place in which it is difficult to do good business, or to grow a business.
The reasons why this should be the case are split between physical and practical benefits. For example, a dirty office doesn’t look good to clients, so businesses with slack office hygiene can find it hard to attract new work. Plus, an untidy office makes it hard for employees to find this – which in turn makes it harder for a business to run effectively.In terms of direct employee health: dirt makes people ill, which means they take time off work, which means less work gets done. So cleaning the office to a routine, for all of the above reasons and more, is a clear no-brainer.
Who cleans the office is another matter. Employees, for example, Amy reasonably be expected to keep their desks tidy. They may also be asked to join in with the maintenance of common areas like kitchens. However, given that most businesses want their workers to spend time working on getting them new business, or taking care of existing business, and not on washing cups, it often becomes the case that office cleaning is devolved to a third party supplier. There are health and safety ramifications here too. In essence, these can be reduced to the following statement: in order to clean a publically used place, where both food preparation and hygiene functions occur, you have to have some basic health and safety training about cross contamination. So it may actually be illegal to get employees cleaning the toilet, for instance.
The things that are done, and the order in which they are done, are normally bound in a cleaning schedule. Schedules allow a third party cleaning agent to work out a way of keeping a whole office environment properly clean, from frequent cleans to infrequent cleans, without putting a time strain on the whole operation.
Frequent cleans include cleaning the kitchen and bathroom areas; emptying bins; and ensuring that an office is generally clean and tidy of the start of a working day. Weekly cleans may include polishing, vacuum cleaning and mopping. Less frequent cleans may include skirting board cleaning; the cleaning of blinds and lights fixtures; and the cleaning of the tops of cupboards in kitchens and other communal areas.
There are also technical cleans, which may be required in specific office environments. Computer keyboards and associated equipment, for example, should be cleaned every now and then to prevent dust and food particles from jamming delicate working components. Poor cleaning habits can have a direct impact on the longevity of office IT equipment and obviously the bigger the office, and the more expensive and extensive its equipment, the larger the need for frequent technical cleaning may be. From any point of view, be it mechanical or simply aesthetic, it’s a task that needs doing well.