How to keep your office kitchen clean

July 12th, 2013 Category: Building Management

A clean workspace is hugely beneficial to employees, as staff are far more likely to be happy, motivated and productive if they have tidy surroundings. Workers who recognise this will keep their personal space, such as desks, drawers and suchlike, clean and tidy on their own accord, and bringing in an office cleaning team to vacuum the floors and dust surfaces on a regular basis will help keep the area as a whole looking presentable.

But how do you tackle the cleanliness issue in communal spaces that get heavy use throughout the day from all employees – such as the kitchen? Staff will come and go throughout the day making tea, coffee and cold drinks and preparing all manner of hot and cold foods at lunchtime, so it's inevitable that dirt and grime will begin to build up.

Luckily, there are a number of steps that can be implemented to ensure cleanliness does not become an issue in the kitchen.

Set up a rota

Establishing a rota ensures everyone pitches in to keep the kitchen clean throughout the day. Each week a different person or department (depending on the size of the company) would assume responsibility to check the area on a regular basis, mopping up any spillages and putting stray empty sugar sachets in the bin.

Establish deadlines

Deadlines exist in almost every facet of office life, so why not the kitchen? Set a cut-off point for emptying the fridge and fruit bowl – say once a week – to make sure people actually eat the food they bring to work, rather than just leaving it to slowly go mouldy. Making sure everyone knows any leftover food will be disposed of by a certain time will help prevent build-up of rotting bananas and yoghurts weeks past their sell-by date.

Keep it stocked up

Of course, people will be much more likely to pitch in and tidy up as they go along if they have the right tools for the job. Invest in a supply of kitchen roll, sponges and antibacterial spray to encourage staff to keep the area looking as good as new. If you have a dishwasher, it may also be worth stocking up on cleaning tablets to prevent the amount of dirty crockery building up as the day progresses.