Take out the trash. Simply taking out the trash every day will help keep the odor down in the office. This is especially true in break rooms and cafeterias where people heat and discard food. If employees are allowed to eat at their desks, then trash all over the office should be taken out every day.
Limit eating areas. One person eating fish for lunch at their desk can leave the air less than fresh for days. Now imagine this employee drops the fish on the carpet. That odor is in the carpet until the next carpet cleaning. When possible, only allow employees to heat, eat and discard food in designated areas such as break rooms, cafeterias or outdoor eating areas.
Clean up. There are a few areas in offices that are breeding grounds for odors. If you have a cleaning service, the cleaning of these areas may not be included in your janitorial service contract. This leaves your office staff to clean these areas to not only keep them sanitized but to prevent them from stinking up the office. Wash dishes daily. Throw away old food from the refrigerator weekly. Clean the inside of the refrigerator with a cleaning solution monthly. And don’t forget to clean the inside of the microwave at the end of the week. Keeping these areas clean will do wonders for keeping your office smelling fresh.
Dust regularly. A dusty office smells dusty. If you have a cleaning service, make sure that they dust at least three times per week and wipe down desks. Ask that your employees leave their desks uncluttered enough so that the majority of their workspace can be dusted and wiped down. If you do not have a janitorial service, set a standard that your employees dust and wipe down their desks before leaving work each day. And don’t forget the periodic detail dusting for areas such as baseboard and window blinds. These areas can hold dust and cause that dusty smell as well.
Carpets. Dust, dirt and smells can liner in carpet until they are removed. Daily vacuuming helps keep dust and dirt under control. But regular carpet cleaning will remove smells from the carpet which will help your office smell fresh.
These tips will get you well on the way to an office that not only smells clean but that is clean! Whatever you do, make sure to tackle the problem directly for long lasting results.
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