Office Cleaning Tips for The Break Room

One of the key indicators of a clean office is a clean break room. For office managers, office cleaning usually starts and ends with shared workspaces. The break room might be the most difficult shared workspace to clean.

Here are a few tips.

Make a schedule.

Some things in your office break room need to be cleaned regularly. Other cleaning tasks can be less frequent. Coffee pots, fridges, and microwaves need to be wiped down with a disinfecting cleaner often. Focus on handles and buttons. This is where germs go to spread.

Whether it is a whiteboard, post-it notes, or clothespins, make it clear what needs to be cleaned and when. This organization will vary greatly depending on your office environment. The best way to get employees tp chip in is to create a shared mentality that all employees are responsible for the condition of the break room.

Provide labels for anything going in the fridge.

If you are going to enforce a two-day rule for leftover and lunches, you need to have a way to keep track of what is in the fridge and how long it has been there. Stickers with names and dates are a great way for employees to mark their meals.

These labels can also be used to help keep supplies organized around the break room. Make it clear where the coffee filters are. Label the drawer for paper plates to make it easy for employees to put away any leftover paper plates.

Keep an emergency cleaning kit on hand.

Spills happen. Make a kit so employees have easy access to the supplies they need to clean spills up. This kit could include a wet-floor sign, disinfectant cleaner, gloves, more disposable towels, and more.

What kinds of spills are common in your break room?

Have regular cleaning supplies in a convenient spot.

Dish soap and disinfecting wipes should be readily accessible. We don’t recommend sponges for break room cleaning. Sponges are great at removing bacteria from the countertop, but they tend to keep that bacteria in their pores. This creates a dangerous environment for the bacteria to grow and multiply.

Use disposable towels, brushes, and microfiber cleaning tools where needed.