Your office kitchen is probably the area of your office used the most, by the largest amount of people. Office kitchens always see high amounts of foot traffic, but also experience heavy usage – especially with appliances such as coffee machines, microwaves, dishwashers, fridges and kettles being frequently in use throughout the day.
At home you probably give your kitchen a proper clean once or twice a week, depending on how much you use it, and how many people live with you. But in the office, because you have much larger amounts of people it’s important to ramp up the cleaning schedule. A domestic schedule just isn’t enough for an office kitchen (especially if you have more than 10 people in the office each day).
Why does an office kitchen require more cleaning?
Think about how often people in your office use the kitchen, the chances are they’re each using it an average of three times a day. That’s assuming it’s used for breakfast, lunch and a drink.
If you have 10 employees, that means the kitchen is being used 30 times a day (minimum) – and this is greatly higher usage than the usage a domestic kitchen would see on a daily basis. In those 30 times, you likely have people making food, reheating food, eating food, making drinks, drinking drinks and spilling drinks. This all adds up to mess, so a daily clean is necessary to address the balance and ensure the kitchen is hygienically safe and usable.
What Items Should I be Cleaning Daily in my Office Kitchen?
You’ll want to focus on the kitchen furniture that gets heavy usage, such as microwaves, hobs, dishwashers, sinks, etc. These parts of the kitchen are most likely to get dirty fast and regularly. You’ll also want to make sure the fridge is cleaned, and all surfaces are wiped down daily too – including handles and worktops.
Once these basics are done, make sure you set your dishwashers to start (so you have clean cutlery and plates the next day) and then give the floor and sweep and a mop. Last but not least, ensure your bins have been emptied.
What if I Don’t have Time to Clean Each Day?
An unclean office kitchen can have lots of negative effects. We’ve listed them out below:
- It can discourage employees from eating at work – which will mean their energy levels are lower.
- An unclean kitchen can spread illness.
- An unclean and messy office kitchen can make staff unproductive. Clean spaces encourage clean minds and clear thinking.
- It can leave a bad impression on guests. No one like sitting in an untidy or unhygienic kitchen!
If you don’t have time to do the cleaning yourself, hiring a professional in to help keep on top of things is a great idea. At Regional Services we offer office cleaning service throughout London, so you can keep your focus on work instead!