You might be surprised to learn just how much bacteria can accumulate on your desk. In fact, some studies have shown that there is actually more bacteria on the average desk than there is on a public toilet. That’s why it’s important to be proactive about keeping a clean office, especially when you consider the number of things you touch around your desk, and other activities you do like eating your lunch at your desk or sipping coffee. Knowing this makes you realize that getting rid of germs is best for your health. An organized office desk can also increase productivity.
Before you clean
You need a strategic approach to effectively clean and organize your desk. This is particularly true if you haven’t cleaned your desk for a while. Having a plan will help you tackle the task easily and not feel overwhelmed in the process. The first thing you want to do is to gather all the trash and remove it from your desk. Then search through any piles of paper that may have accumulated on your desk like documents or printed information. Be sure to shred anything that contains personal information on it. All other types of paper can simply be thrown into recycling bags.
Once this is done, remove other items from your desk so that you can clean the surface of your desk. Any notebooks, pen holders, plants, including your computer, keyboard, and mouse, should be removed from the desk. If you don’t want to deal with the cleaning process for your office let us help you.
How to clean desk
To kill the germs, you’ll need to disinfect your desk area and wipe off any accumulated dirt. A disinfectant spray is great for hard-to-reach areas and you can use disinfectant wipes to clean items you use often, like your stapler, scissors, pens, and other office equipment. Some items on your desk should be washed daily with soap and warm water, for example, a coffee cup or reusable water bottle. Be sure to allow sufficient time for your desk to dry before replacing items back.
How to clean electronics, furniture, personal items
Before you begin, you need to ensure that you turn off all of your electronics. Be sure to unplug your keyboard and mouse as well. Remove loose debris from your keyboard by turning it upside down and shaking it. Use compressed air and spray over your keyboard to eliminate any remaining debris. Then use disinfectant wipes over the surface of your keyboard, paying attention to the most frequently used keys.
You can use wipes to wipe over laptops and computer screens, however, make sure you do not allow too much moisture to seep into the openings. Disinfectant wipes are also great at cleaning your desk phone and other personal items on your desk.
How often Should You Clean
If you’re using your office on a daily basis, you should do a deep clean every two weeks. Decide which day of the week is best and try to stick to that day so it becomes a habit. In between these deep clean, wipe down areas you touch frequently at least once a day. This should only take a couple of minutes so find a way to incorporate it into your daily work routine.
A clear desk can make all the difference. Make cleaning your office a regular activity. If your desk has not been cleaned for some time, it may be overwhelming the first time you clean it. However, if you make it a habit to keep the space tidy and avoid accumulating trash on your desk, you’ll find that it becomes easier to maintain a clean and tidy desk. If your workplace is different from offices such as a restaurant or an industrial area we have helpful content for restaurant cleaning and commercial area cleaning.
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