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Nobody likes to work in a dirty office, but like most workplaces, everyone is too busy to do something about it with meetings, deadlines, projects, and events to contend with.

However, it’s important that you make the extra effort to make sure things are nice and tidy. If you have too much clutter you and your colleagues can fall into a slump and become less productive.

Your office will act as the face of the company, potential clients may visit daily your workplace on a daily basis and will judge its appearance. You want it to look clean and professional don’t you?

Bleach is best?

Though most people associate the smell of bleach with clean, this cleaning myth isn’t the case. In fact, bleach doesn’t really even clean at all. It disinfects, kills germs, and can whiten stains, but it doesn’t clean dirt and grime from surfaces. So if you’re looking to whiten your shirt or rinse away bacteria from that raw chicken in your sink, then bleach is your way to go. However, if you’re trying to remove the grit from your workplace kitchen sink, you’ll need an actual cleaning product, preferably something with some texture, such as baking soda.

Feather dusters

They may be soft and fluffy, but contrary to their name, feather dusters, don’t really do much of dusting. More often than not, they just spread the dust around. Instead, reach for a vacuum with a nozzle attachment or a soft damped cloth when trying to get rid of dust. More than 90 percent of office dust comes from tiny flakes of skin and barely visible fabric fibres that float on the slightest air current and settle on every surface in your office. 

Scents do not always mean clean

Just because a product is labeled as “fresh laundry” or “clean spring air” doesn’t mean that it actually removes dirt and germs. While these types of air freshener sprays do make the office smell clean and fresh, they don’t do a thing when it comes to actually removing dirt, stains, and germs. They don’t really even freshen a room, they just make it smell a bit better for the time being. If you want something to truly be clean, you have to do the dirty work.

Furniture polish is best?

The best advice is to use what is recommended by your furniture manufacturer and to use it sparingly. Most furniture will benefit from regular dry dusting using a lambswool or microfibre cloth, which can attract the dust from furniture without pitting or scratching the surface. They won’t leave any type of buildup or chemical residue. Be especially careful about using polish products on office furniture that has damage to its surfaces.

Too much hoovering can ruin your carpets?

The truth is, dust and dirt that gets down into the base of a carpet can do more damage than a vacuum cleaner. Of course, you will need to use care when vacuuming delicate floor coverings such as rugs and handmade carpets. And you should never leave your vacuum in one spot too long as the constant beating can heat up the fibres, cause them to melt, and leave a burn mark.

String Mops Are Best For Removing Dirt And Bacteria

Industrial-style string mops may look impressive, but studies have shown that microfibre mops are about 20 percent more effective at removing dirt and bacteria. String mops are very absorbent, so they are great at cleaning up big spills, but if you want to make sure you’re not leaving anything behind on the floor, use a microfibre mop as it picks up the dirt and holds onto it. There’s no cross-contamination because once the mop head’s dirty, you remove it and put on a clean one.

Compare that to a traditional mop, where you’re basically mopping up dirt, rinsing it in dirty water, then spreading that water all over the floor.

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