Dealing with the pressure of work and office cleaning requirements can be daunting indeed. However, keeping the office clean is not such a big deal after all and here is why. We give you some of the most effective, although quite non-traditional, tips to enjoy a healthy and clean working environment at all times!
1. A Sticky Note to Clean your Keyboard
As bizarre as it may sound, sliding a short strip of tape or the adhesive end of a sticky note in between the keyboard’s rows of keys will help remove all accumulated dust. Do this twice to cover all sides of keys; one with the adhesive side facing away from you and once facing towards you.
2. Vinegar to De-Gunk your Scissors
Just dip a cloth into vinegar and scrub your sticky scissors clean. Alternatively, you could also use alcohol instead of vinegar. Speaking of alcohol…
3. Rubbing Alcohol to Get Rid of Chair Stains
Modern office furniture, chairs to be precise, are a challenge to clean due to the microfiber upholstery they are made with. Don’t panic. Simply spray the stain with alcohol and wipe clean with a sponge. The great thing about this DIY cleaning process is that alcohol won’t leave any marks, unlike water-based cleaning solutions.
Now, if the stain is on your carpets, then quickly mix baking soda and vinegar and apply. This mixture will remove any oil-based stain right out.
4. Baking Soda to Deodorize Trash
If you are using trash bags, roll an old newspaper into a wad and place at the bottom of the trash bag. This will keep the bag from leaking and help absorb odor. Also, keep odors away by sprinkling baking soda in your trash can.
5. Sock to Clean your Blinds
Blinds is an excellent window treatment for the office and commercial buildings in general (here are some window treatments that fit beautifully with the office environment). To get it clean, grab a pair of old socks, mix vinegar and water in equal parts and dip a sock into the mixture (Put the sock over your hand to make things easier). Run the sock over the blinds and wipe away any dampness with the other sock.
6. Essential Oils to Keep the Bathroom Fresh
Pick an essential oil you like and add just a few drops to the inside of your roller paper (the roll core). Whenever you use the roll, the smell of the essential oil you have chosen will dance in the air!
7. A Blow Dryer to Get Rid of Water Rings
Water rings is a common stain in offices, especially conference rooms. Although using a coaster would have saved you from the excess work, at some point you will have to deal with nasty water rings. A smart trick is to hold a blow dryer as close to the ring as you possibly can, and you will see it disappear. To recondition the wood, if you feel necessary, you can dab a little olive oil on the treated area.
8. Lemon to Clean your Microwave
Fill a bowl with water and add lemon peels (here are some more amazing uses of lemon peels!). Put the bowl in the microwave for 3 minutes (on high) and let it sit for another 3 minutes before you open the door and wipe the inside clean. If you are faced with a bad odor, get rid of it by replacing the lemon peels with white vinegar and place inside the microwave. Let is stand for about an hour and then open the door.
Here are also 8 steps to clean up your office in less than 10 minutes!
1. Food – Most of the overall uncleanliness of the office is food. So, take any silverware, bowls, and plates that haven’t been cleaned after your last meal to the kitchen and throw away anything you haven’t grabbed a bite from in the past 5-10 minutes.
2. Office Supplies – Streamline office supplies and get rid of overload. With so many documents left on the cloud, who needs all-in-one staplers, 3 notebooks, and every color of pen anyway?
3. Disinfect your Desktop – You’d be surprised to know that many of the times you had a cold was because of the dirt sitting on and around your desk. In fact, studies have shown that the desktop is much dirtier than the bathroom, so always have a disinfectant nearby and make sure your desktop is dust-free before you spray with disinfectant.
4. Clean Hardware – Your computer and printer are the most essential office staples. Wipe down your computer screen and, if you can, blow the dust out of your CPU and keyboard with canned air.
5. Office Swag – Yes, you like having a thoughtful gift or a card at work; it makes you feel like home. To prevent your desk from looking like a museum, though, get rid of anything you got at a seminar or for free. It just turns attention away from any accolade related items on your desktop.
6. Dust – Many desktops are literally covered by piles of (unnecessary) paperwork, which makes cleaning more difficult than it should have normally been. Give your desk a good wipe-down with a damp paper towel. It doesn’t need more than a few swipes to have it squeaky clean!
7. Paper Clips – Why do they have to exist in today’s office? Unless you are roping off a room or are an ambitious jewel maker, there is no point having the jumbo pack sitting on your desk (although the price is so inviting!). All you will ever need is a handful. Grab some and give the rest to another colleague. If you ever run out of them, you can always ask a friend at work!
8. Pens & Paper – They both are the biggest desk culprits, and I bet you have mountains of receipts, notes, and cartoons strewn about, as well as plenty of pens you don’t need r don’t even write. You can’t have your office organized that way and you know that. So, take a minute and organize your documents and receipts into separate files. Make a to-do list with stuff you will deal with later and discard anything you have on your computer already. Toss any pens you don’t really need and just keep one or two of a sentimental value (if you can refill the ink, the better!).