Cleaning a commercial office

September 15th, 2014 Category: Commercial

There is a very strong link between productivity and a clean working environment. If the office is unkempt, with papers strewn all over the desks, and carpets left in tatters, then it does not facilitate a very inspiring or motivating work space.

Over time, this can have a knock-on effect on the profits of a business. If both workers and clients are greeted with an untidy environment, then it will immediately leave a bad impression.

If your organisation is already reeling from the effects of low productivity, an unclean office is likely to exacerbate that. This is why it is so important to ensure that the office is as clean as it can be. 

But as with any workplace activity, there is a process to it, that can help to make things easier for all involved.


Most businesses opt for professional cleaners to save time and ensure the job is done properly.

However, in order to ensure that everything is as clean as it can be, you will also need to delegate tasks to individual employees or departments in order to maintain your office on a day-to-day basis. 

This could include things such as putting a dishwasher, and collecting dishes or rubbish from individual desks.

Many organisations draw up rotas for this purpose to ensure that nothing gets missed. You may even have a special department or individual who is specifically responsible for arranging this.


Ensuring there are enough bins is an important but often neglected part of day-to-day maintenance. 

Ideally, there should be a bin beside each desk. It will also make it much easier for any cleaning firm that you do bring in and means that staff are less likely to keep wrappers and other bits of rubbish on their desks.


With many firms trying to boost their green credentials, a number of companies are looking for ways in which they can increase their sustainable practices.

An easy way to do this is to set up a recycling scheme, with waste and recycling being placed in separate bins.

In the long run, it will mean that you won't have as many papers taking up space, and cluttering the office. 

It also has wider benefits for the environment and promotes efficiency within your organisation.

Increasing general awareness within your company about the importance of sustainable practices will also help in the long run.

Clearing desks

Desk organisers are a fantastic way to prevent stationery, papers, books and other materials from cluttering desks.

This type of equipment prevents you from having to file through piles of papers to find important documents and helps to facilitate a healthy working environment.

Be sure to have some disinfectant wipes handy, to clean working surfaces and stop the spreading of germs.

Sick leave

Each year, British companies lose up to 7.7 sick days on average per year, costing firms around £1.5 billion annually.

Keeping a clean and tidy office can help to reduce the likelihood of disease and infections spreading and contributes towards good hygiene practices.

Over time, it will save firms from the costs and inconvenience involved from employees taking time off sick.