The rise of the home office: Why cleaning is a necessity

August 2nd, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

In the past few years, it has been predicted over and over that internet speeds, cloud computing and other technological advances would lead to the rise of home working and lead to the end of the office as we knew it.

However, while the home office has become something of a reality, it is not so in the way that most people would have expected it to come to fruition.

The BBC reports that the past 25 years has seen people become less and less able to separate their home and private life from their working day, meaning that the two have become more entwined than ever before. But what does this mean for cleaning contractors?

It is no longer an uncommon sight to see people sat at their desk eating a meal, whether this be breakfast, lunch or dinner, and this can of course lead to unhygienic work surfaces. Deep cleaning of desks and computing equipment like mice and keyboards now needs to be more thorough in order to eradicate smells and even dangerous bacteria.

Of course, office cleaning itself has been made a lot more difficult than ever thanks to the rise of the new home office. It would have been the case in the past that a cleaner could have peace to get on with their work from 6PM onwards, but the more people work later and conduct their business at their desk, the less likely this is.

This means safety is of course paramount while in the workplace. If there are still office workers milling about, you need to make sure that vacuum cleaner cords aren't stretched out for them to trip over, or that wet floor signs are used vigilantly in kitchen areas to avoid someone slipping.

In addition to this, it can be important to make sure that all jobs are always being thoroughly carried out. It can be too easy to think you'll get to an area later if people are working there and then forget to back to it. One thing to do could be to devise a plan when you arrive based on quieter areas of the office and make sure you can do your job to the best of your abilities.