The Best Office Cleaning Checklist


Office managers know that keeping the space clean, tidy and organized is essential for productivity and success. It’s also about providing a safe and clean environment for your workers so they stay happy and healthy. 

That’s why it’s essential to schedule regular cleaning of your office. So whether you employ your cleaning staff or you bring in professionals from an agency, you should use the following checklists to make sure you’re not missing any important details.


If you want to make a good first impression on clients, you must ensure that your reception area is flawless. This degree of cleanliness requires cleaning daily and regular checkups throughout the workday. The state of your reception area has a direct impact on what your clients may think of you. 

  • Clean the front doors, inside and out—glass doors especially. 
  • Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant including any coffee tables, telephones and of course, the reception desk itself.
  • Do a thorough dusting of tables, window blinds, vents and lamps. 
  • Empty all the trash and recycling bins, ensuring to fill each one with a fresh plastic bag. 
  • Organize and straighten any magazines or other reading materials. 
  • For the floors, you should sweep/mop/vacuum daily.
  • If you have carpets, you should get them steam cleaned every few months or even weeks depending on the season. 


In the main area of cubicles and desks where employees work, here’s what you need to do to keep the area clean and organized: 

  • Wipe down windows
  • Vacuum or sweep floors, being sure to get under all tables and desks. 
  • Empty all recycling bins and garbage cans. 
  • Dust all surfaces including shelves and desks
  • Disinfect every surface that people regularly touch including copy machines, keyboards, phones, light switches and staplers.

Lunch Room

This can be one of the hardest rooms to keep clean, but it’s essential for your employees’ health and morale: 

  • Empty recycling and trash cans. 
  • Remove abandoned leftovers and resealable containers from the refrigerator.
  • Wipe down and disinfect all surfaces inside and outside of the refrigerator. 
  • Wash the coffee pot and remove used filters. 
  • Wash and disinfect all appliances including toasters and microwaves. 
  • Wipe down the sink area. 
  • Wash all plates and cutlery before storing them away in the cupboards.


  • Here’s everything you need to clean in your office bathroom if you want to keep everyone healthy and safe: 
  • Disinfect and clean sinks. 
  • Disinfect and clean toilets. 
  • Use glass cleaner to clean the mirrors. 
  • Sweep the floors and mop for complete disinfecting. 
  • Inspect all taps and dryers to make sure they are working properly. If you discover any issues, schedule an appointment with your maintenance staff or contractors to get them fixed as quickly as possible.


It never hurts to double-check all of your work. Some jobs like sweeping and vacuuming carry over from room to room, so it’s possible to overlook something. 

At the end of the day, it’s all about the details. Don’t forget to dust air vents and clean under desks or inside closets. To impress your clients, just think about what they would want to see when they walk into your office. 

Taking an extra five minutes to inspect the area and do a little extra cleaning could mean the difference between making a sale and losing an important deal. 

If you follow the deep cleaning checklist we just discussed, you should be in good shape. Regular cleaning is a worthwhile investment and you won’t regret putting resources into this essential service for your employees and your clients. Star Team Cleaning is one of the GTA’s most trusted professional office cleaning services, working for major corporations and organizations including the City of Toronto. Call us today for a free consultation.

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