Monthly Archives: July 2016

Your Office Kitchen Deep-Clean Checklist

washing plates by professional cleaner deep cleaning office kitchenIn addition to being the source of co-worker disagreements (you’ve seen the signs posted, right?), a dirty office kitchen gives your clients and vendors a bad first impression and your employees a host of sick days.  That’s why holiday weekends, extended shut-downs, and summers are the perfect opportunity for your employees (or a professional cleaning service) to tackle your office kitchen deep-clean checklist that’ll impress everyone at your company (and keep them healthy!).

  • Wash dishes
  • Wipe down and sanitize countertops
  • “Elbow grease clean” your sink
  • Sanitize the faucet
  • Maintain your garbage disposal
  • Clean out your refrigerator (let everyone know when so they can remove their items from the fridge!)
    • Wipe down every shelf
    • Pull out any drawers and scrub them out
    • Vacuum behind the refrigerator
    • Dust down the top of the refrigerator
    • Sanitize the door handle
    • Wipe down the front of the refrigerator
  • Mop the floor
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Clean down tables
  • Remove cobwebs & dust tops of cabinets
  • Sanitize door knobs
  • Wash windows
  • Clean the stove (if applicable)
    • Clean the oven
    • Wipe down the stove top
    • Sanitize all surfaces and handles
  • Clean out crumbs from the toaster and wipe down (don’t forget to unplug it first)
  • Make any repairs (tables, cabinets, chairs, etc.) to kitchen furniture and items

10 Step Clean Up Guide After Your Next Summer Party

Portrait of young man frying sausages and talking to his son in the countryside at weekendBesides for the endless white and freezing winter weather, we Midwesterners look forward to summer for another (fun) reason: weekend summer parties (or grill outs or whatever you want to call your next barbecue). After those awesome get-togethers also comes the fun “after party” clean up, which seems to drag on and on and on…. To avoid the drudgery and dread, and make the most of your clean-up efforts (before and after the party) so the clean-up is short(er), use these tips to get the party cleaning done and get to your next summer fun.

Put a lot of elbow grease into your pre-party cleaning.

Yes, you’re still going to clean after the party.  That being said, a good pre-party cleaning can go a long way toward lessening the amount of time you spend cleaning after the grill out or party (in addition to making you look like a cleaning genius!).  Wipe down, dust, sweep and vacuum to give you a clean surface so you’re only cleaning one layer of gross—not two.  If you don’t have time before your party, schedule a one-time deep clean from a professional home cleaner so they can ready your residence for the fun that’s about to be had.

Put out baskets or cans for everything.

Before the party, put out a basket or can for every different kind of refuse: trash, recyclables, cans, etc.  This simple step helps during clean up because you don’t have to sort through nasty trash after the fact; who wants to be up to their elbows in half-eaten food and soda trying to sort out the recyclables before trash day?

Make it a team effort.

Don’t turn down guests, family, or friends who want to help with clean up; even a quick wash down of a table or removing table cloths can save you time later.  Another way to get a good deep-clean after your summer party is to bring in outside professional cleaning help (a good cleaning without the work!) or add it to your weekly cleaning schedule (notify your cleaning service of this additional work so they can schedule accordingly.  Remember the saying: “many hands make light work.”

Do a quick trash clean up.

No matter how many trash cans you put out, you’re going to find trash throughout your party or barbecue.  You know what we’re talking about: plates, empty cans, beer bottles (and the occasional hidden one or two, thanks to the “funny” guests who want to leave their mark).  Do a quick walk through with your bags and pick up the trash, another walk through with your recyclables bag, another with your can bag (if you want that separate) and then walk your bag straight out to the curb.

Take down your tents and easy-ups.

Before a rain storm pops up and damages your tents and easy-ups, take them down and wipe them down.  Make sure they are completely dry before you store them away to prevent mold and mildew that could cause long-term damage.

Wash down the table and chairs.

Clean off your table and chairs so you can use them again without worrying about sticking to them, or so you can put them away clean for your next party.  Don’t forget to sanitize all your surfaces as well as clean them.  Quick tip: if your plastic tables got crayon on them from your youngest guests, use a pencil eraser to get your table white again.

Wash dishes.

Dishes are an inevitable part of any party; no matter how much how cook outside, no matter how many of your guests bring dishes, there’s a good chance you have pots, pans, plates, serving spoons…the list could go on and on of dishes that need to be washed after a party.  Don’t wait to get them clean.  You don’t want a whole sink full of smelly, moldy dishes.

Clean the kitchen.

Wipe down your counters (or hire a pro to clean your kitchen) and mop your floor.  If you have any sticky spots from soda or sweets, use a good cleaner (and one that won’t wreck your floor) so you and your next guests aren’t sticking to the floor.  If you aren’t sure what to use, add the cleaning to the list for your home cleaner to tackle when they come.  Clean your stove, microwave, and any other appliances that took the brunt of the messy party fun.

Tackle a deep bathroom clean.

Unless you had a portable bathroom (and sometimes even if you did), there is a good chance your guests were trapsing in and out of your bathroom.  Wipe down the counters, wash and sanitize the toilet, and give your floor a good sweep or mop.

Relax.

When you’re all done, take a few seconds to enjoy the “after party clean.”  Then start planning for your next summer party!

4 Cleaning Tasks to Schedule at Your Company During Summer Vacations

company floor ready for cleaning because employees on summer vacationYou know what we’re talking about: during many summer weeks, your company looks like a ghost town with all the employees taking vacation.  It makes sense, right?  Summer is the perfect time for summer employee vacations because of the beautiful weather.  While they are away on vacation, it’s also the perfect time for owners and managers to take advantage of your empty building to get a few key maintenance and cleaning projects done.

Floor cleaning

Office areas, production floors, and warehouses are all targets of damage from employees trekking in mud, salt, gravel, and snow from the sidewalks and parking lot.  That seasonal grime gets ground deep into your carpet fibers and tiles, causing long-term damage, earlier-than-normal replacement rates, and a slick surface ripe for slips and falls.  That’s why an investment in a quality floor cleaning during the summer can save you the headaches and expenses of worker compensation claims later.  Scheduling a summer floor cleaning during a light staffing time allows your floors to get done all at once while minimizing interruptions that can decrease productivity.

Light building projects/remodeling

Removing and replacing ceiling tiles. Fixing drywall patches. Painting walls. Fixing and repairing HVAC units. Building inner offices.  The list can go and on of projects that need to be done when your company is not at full staff, and summer is a prime time to schedule projects while individual employees are on vacation so they do not have to deal with the dust and mess while at their desk or working on the floor.

Parking lot maintenance

Summer is an ideal time for sealing and parking lot repairs and maintenance because the weather is ideal.  A weekend with a light staff (or no staff) is even more perfect; you won’t have to deal with finding alternate parking spaces for employees or deal with complaining from employees having to hike to work.

Restroom deep cleaning & repairs

Depending on the amount of use of your commercial restroom, schedule an annual or bi-annual deep clean of your company restrooms (this can also be advantageous during times when a contagious illness is spreading throughout your business).  A company restroom deep cleaning should include all the elements of a regular cleaning plus grout and tile scrubbing, thorough cleaning of all toilets, disinfection of all surfaces, cleaning and removing graffiti, and washing down walls.

Schedule your restroom deep cleaning during summer vacations (such as right before Labor Day or the 4th of July) when there is not a lot of traffic entering and exiting the restrooms.  If you don’t have employee availability or a large enough staff for an adequate deep clean, hire a cleaning service to take on the job.