Keeping a Clean Office: 7 Tips for a Sanitary Workplace

You’ve probably been taught since you were young that hygiene is important. Although everyone knows this, many people fail to clean their offices as well as they should. Since it is a place where you spend plenty of time during the day, the office should be maintained regularly.

Start with Yourself

There is no measure of caution when it comes to purity. You should wash your hands every time you finish using the keyboard. There are too many germs and there’s too much dirt just sitting there, so every time you touch it, a lot of it ends up on your hands. This is one of the main reasons why dirt might get under your nails. By washing your hands, you’ll stop that dirt and germs from spreading further, so it’s important to do this often, especially before eating

Clean the Things You Have Most Contact With

It’s important to keep your tools clean in order to keep your whole workplace sanitary. You probably use your computer the most, so the dirtiest things in your office are most likely the keyboard and mouse. However, pens and pencils are still widely used and people often tend to forget to clean them as well.

Keep Your Floors Clean

This is extremely important if you work in a busy office. If you have to move around your office, particles from outside are going to spread with every step you make. Since most offices have a dress code and you can’t really be in a pair of clean slippers, it’s best if you could get yourself a Roomba. Sure, there is probably someone cleaning the whole building, but picking the best Roomba model is going to keep your office even cleaner.

Avoid Touching Your Face

Keep in mind that no matter how often you wash your hands, germs are still going to find their way on them. That’s why it’s best to avoid touching your face. The skin on your hands is thicker than the skin on your face. This means that by touching your face, you’re going to spread the dirt and other nasty particles all over it, which can lead to many health problems. Therefore, it’s best to avoid touching your face until you get your hands cleaned.

Let Some Fresh Air into Your Office

It’s a well known fact that fresh air is essential for productivity, but it is also important because it reduces the number of germs. In a closed space without proper ventilation, bacteria are flowing around and reproducing. If your office is located by the road with a lot of traffic, you won’t really get much benefit by opening a window. Instead, you might want to get your hands on an air cleaner, since it has more positive effects.

Use Office Pantry/Kitchen Carefully

If you use your office pantry/kitchen often, just take a moment to think of all the things going on there. You’re not the only one using it, so you can’t really be certain of how clean the mugs and glasses are. This is why it’s best to have your own mug that you’re going to wash after each use. Keep in mind that even if you don’t use it, it’s still best to wash it at least once or twice per day. If you notice your office pantry/kitchen is not very clean, there are some other ways to make it cleaner.

Complain If the Office Is Not Being Kept Clean

You have a full right to have a nice and clean office. It’s your company’s responsibility to hire a decent cleaning agency. So, if you notice that your office is not very clean, you can easily complain. Go to your HR department and tell them about the mess you’re irritated by. If they don’t acknowledge your requirements, you can always contact a third party to get involved.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.