By Anne Baley

An Office Cleaning Checklist With Efficiency in Mind

Office cleaning can be among the most challenging of tasks because of the variety of environments involved. You have to deal with open spaces, cramped rooms, kitchen facilities, and restrooms. Organization is the key to making sure everything gets done every time, and an office cleaning checklist is an essential tool for making sure that happens. As with most cleaning tasks, beginning at the front and moving backward, as well as concentrating on the most labor-intensive jobs right from the start, will make the job go more smoothly.


Lobby and Reception Area


As the room that clients and prospective employees will see most often, the entrance room to any office is crucial when it comes to cleanliness. Attention to detail is important here — this is the area that makes the office's first impression on anyone who walks in.

  • Dust all flat surfaces and clean computer monitors
  • Use cleaning wipes to remove fingerprints from light switch covers and doorknob plates
  • Wipe the phones
  • Remove any cobwebs from doorways, windows, and corners
  • Clean the windows inside and out (or contact your window cleaning company if you're too high up to handle the job yourself)
  • Empty trash receptacles and replace the liners
  • Clean the floor last, to prevent soiling a clean floor with other cleaning tasks

Kitchens, Restrooms, and Break Rooms


Cleanliness is important for the health of office employees, and these non-working areas are more likely to harbor germs than anywhere else in the building. Thoroughly cleaning the restroom is a must, to reduce the spread of germs. The same applies to any part of the office that contains food storage or that is used for preparing or eating food. An office cleaning checklist is most important here, because of the ease of spreading germs in these areas.

  • Clean toilets and sinks
  • Polish restroom mirrors
  • Replace all paper products and clean all dispensers
  • Dust picture frames, partitions, and other decor
  • Use a universal cleaning system to thoroughly clean the walls and floors in the restroom
  • Empty trash in all rooms and replace can liners
  • Clean any cooking appliances, inside and out
  • Clean break room floors

Conference Rooms, Cubicles, and Office Space


As the spot where employees spend most of their work day, the desk areas of an office can get dirty in a short amount of time. It's very easy for serious dirt and mess to pile up if the job isn't performed well on a regular basis.

  • Dust desks and flat surfaces and clean monitors
  • Wash the windows and wipe down windowsills
  • Dust and wipe shelves and cabinets
  • Use cleaning wipes to clean doorknobs, light switches, and other frequent touch points
  • Empty trash receptacles and replace liners
  • Vacuum carpeted floors and use a cleaning machine on tiles

To learn more about keeping offices clean, click here.


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