The cubicle—it's your home away from home. But do you clean it like you do your home? If you don't, you're not alone. After all, who can be expected to make the time to clean their workspace when office hours are spent working? Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to keep your cubicle clean all year long without needing to set aside much time to do it.
Daily Cubicle Cleaning
1. Unclutter. Freeing your workspace of unnecessary clutter will minimize visual distractions and make it look cleaner in seconds. Eliminate any paperwork, office supplies and personal items that are not needed on a daily basis. Doing this once per day, either at the start of your morning or before you leave for home in the evening, will keep the cube looking nice and clean. You'd be amazed what a difference a quick tidy up can make!
2. Wipe down. You don't need to scrub your whole cube down to make an impact. Do a quick wipe down of the items you use most frequently to prevent the spread of germs and keep things looking their best. Commonly used workspace items may include your desk phone, mouse, keyboard and certain office supplies. These items can all be cleaned with a simple disinfectant wipe or damp microfiber cloth.
3. Clean up food and drink. From your coffee mug to that plate you used for your morning donut, anything used to eat or drink with should be cleaned daily—no exceptions.
Weekly Cubicle Cleaning
1. Disinfect your work surface. Begin each week with a fresh start by wiping down your entire desk top either on Friday evening or Monday morning. The top of your desk is a high traffic area that can quickly become a breeding ground for germs if not properly maintained. Be sure to read our complete guide to desk cleaning for details on how to clean specific types of furniture.
2. Deep clean frequently used desk items. Although you should wipe down commonly used items such as your desk phone and keyboard every day, you should take it a step further once per week. Get out your canned air, disinfectant spray, paper towels and Q-tips to get between keys, in cracks and everywhere else a simple wipe down may not cover.
Monthly Cubicle Cleaning
1. Organize. Whether you use a lot of paper filing space or your desk hutch need some help, take time out of your day once a month to reorganize. Doing things like arranging paperwork in your file cabinet by date, sorting out your junk drawer and alphabetizing your bookcase can have a massive impact on how you utilize your cubicle. You will find that items are easier to find and cause you less stress when they are kept properly organized on a consistent basis.
2. Clean those screens. Although you may not touch your computer monitors often, they are right in the way of every cough and sneeze that comes out of your mouth. Plus, they get dusty pretty quick too. Wipe them down with a microfiber cloth once a month to keep them looking good as new.
Yearly Cubicle Cleaning
1. Clean cubicle walls. Because most cubicle walls are made of a tactile material like fabric, they must be deep cleaned on at least an annual basis. Standard protocol for cleaning cube walls involves vacuuming followed by stain removal followed by scrubbing with a mild detergent and water mixture. If that all sounds like a bit much for you to handle on your own, fear not. Ask your office manager how often cubicle walls are cleaned and express your concern if the answer is less than once a year. Requesting the cleaning of cubicles should be within the realm of reason for the business. Remember to help wherever you can by removing any pictures or notes hanging from your cubicle walls prior to cleaning.
2. Tidy up computer cords. Do a quick sweep under your desk and remove any dust bunnies residing between computer cords with a microfiber cloth. Getting this done once a year will help keep the space nice and clean.
3. Wipe down the insides of drawers and storage units. Once a year, take all of your office supplies and papers out of your storage units and filing cabinets, grab some disinfectant spray and paper towels and wipe down those insides. You'll be amazed by how much debris builds up in there!
4. Don't forget your office chair. You sit in your computer chair every single day. Is it overdue for a cleaning? Read our complete guide to office chair cleaning to learn more about how to effectively get rid of crumbs and stains, depending on what type of chair you sit in.
Do you have your own routine for cubicle cleaning? Whether you're just realizing how dirty your desk really is or you’re a neat freak by nature, incorporating these tips into your office life will help keep you happier and healthier at work.