If your manager is due to come round in a couple of hours to do a spot check on the office, or if an important client is expected to arrive at any moment, it’s important to have clean desks. If your desk is usually covered in files, papers and odds and ends, you’ll probably be panicking at such short notice however, the good news is that these top tips to speedy desk cleaning will make sure you don’t get in trouble.
1.Get Everything Off The Desk
The first step to speedy desk cleaning to is remove everything from your desk’s surface. Put all the removed items in a pile beside you – you can go through it later and pick out essential items, rubbish for throwing away and what can be hidden in one of your desk drawers.
2.Wipe The Surfaces
After clearing all the items off the desk, you’ll see just how grimy its surfaces really are. Wipe down the computer screen, use a duster on the surface of the desk and keyboard and give the drawers a wipe down to make sure there are no coffee stains. Use a cleaning spray on a cloth to give the surfaces a once over and to keep them free from germs and smells. After disinfecting the desk, clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser so germs don’t spread.
3.Sorting The Clutter
Now you can turn your attention to the pile of clutter you took off the desk in the first place. Sort through quickly, throwing away all rubbish immediately. Make sure that you have a drawer set aside for office supplies that you can reach easily.
You’ll no doubt have a pile of paperwork that you’ve taken off the desk that now needs filing away. Shred any paperwork that you don’t require any more and then file away the rest. If you don’t have time to do this before the expected visit, put the paperwork together into a drawer out of sight ready for filing later or place it in a neat pile in your “in tray” ready to deal with afterwards.
5.Avoid Eating At The Desk
Although a working lunch is becoming more common than ever these days, you should still avoid eating at your desk. Crumbs and bits of food can end up causing bacteria to build up on your desk surface, telephone receiver and computer keyboard, and you often end up with a pile of discarded wrappers, bowls and silverware on your desk. After you’ve taken the time to clean and de-clutter your work space, you don’t want to ruin it all by covering it with debris.
A tidy desk will help you to be more productive and will help to create a positive view of your workplace. Not only that, but it’ll also make sure your office is a cleaner and more hygienic place to work. Hiring a team of professional cleaning experts can help to keep your working environment spotless, ensuring that even last minute visitors get the right impression.