15 Commercial Cleaning Tips and Tricks

How to clean a commercial environment varies by setting. An office isn’t cleaned like a restaurant, clinic, retail store, or pet store. These are all commercial settings, each accompanied by a checklist of what needs to be done regarding cleaning.

For business owners, employees, and professional cleaners who are tasked with tidying up a commercial environment, here are our best commercial cleaning tips to get you started.

1. Reduce Clutter

A commercial cleaner will maneuver around clutter and disorganization if they must complete a cleaning. It’s much easier to clean if the clutter’s gone and workstations are kept organized.

2. Commit to a Schedule

Commercial cleaning should be done regularly. A commercial office that isn’t clean can make workers feel undervalued and demotivated and will give them the wrong impression about the company they work for. Ensure you’re regularly cleaning, either by yourself or using a commercial cleaning service.

3. Create a Cleaning Checklist

So that nothing’s missed, have a checklist of all your daily and weekly cleaning tasks. If someone unfamiliar with your space suddenly is in charge of cleaning it for the day, they’ll know everything that’s expected of them.

4. Have a Kitchen Checklist

A kitchen is a special place. Have a commercial kitchen cleaning checklist outlining all kitchen cleaning duties. This way, there is no confusion about what needs to get done and when. A cleaner will also want to use their best judgment, ensuring unexpected kitchen messes aren’t ignored.

5. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaners

Most commercial cleaning can be done today with green, safe, and eco-friendly cleaners. Many eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaners exist, highly effective and far more preferable to chemical-based cleaners. Use them.

6. Proper Cleaning Technique

You want to ensure that the person doing the cleaning is fully trained on proper cleaning techniques and how to use any associated cleaning equipment. This isn’t very advanced stuff, but if a person has never cleaned before and this is their first time, they may not realize the proper technique for something as simple as mopping the floor.

7. Inspect Waste Bins

Of course, emptying all waste bins is important. Sometimes, they may need a spray to disinfect, sanitize, and ensure there aren’t any lingering smells. Make sure bins are being properly cared for.

8. Pay Close Attention to Workstations

Workstations are where workers are most likely to move their hands to their mouths and get sick. It’s also where they will most likely notice uncleanliness or cleaning that hasn’t been done. As you clean an office, be sure to zero in on tidying up work desks and workstations. That way, when a worker shows up in the morning, they’ll have a freshly cleaned spot at the ready.

9. From The Top Down

Always clean from the highest point to the lowest point. Dusting, for example, will knock the dust off your top surfaces and down to anything underneath it. If you work your way up, you’re leaving debris underneath you. You clean every mess from top to bottom if you work your way down.

10. Sanitize Your Bathroom Every Day

Toilets should be cleaned and disinfected every day. Any handles and knobs should be disinfected here. Clean sinks, high-touch surfaces, paper towel dispensers, and countertops. Restrooms are breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria. Any commercial cleaner should be particularly focused on getting the bathroom just right.

11. Wipe Common Surfaces

Wipe down all surfaces that are touched day in and day out. Use disinfectant wipes to kill all germs and bacteria on keyboards, telephones, doorknobs, light switches, drawer handles, and similar spots at workstations and throughout the room.

12. Vacuum and Sweep

Vacuum carpets and sweep the floors. In settings where many people walk in and out, especially during winter, the floor can quickly get covered in all sorts of dirt, moisture, and debris. Carpets, in particular, will start to smell after a while. Be sure to vacuum and regularly sweep, scheduling deep-cleans on your carpeting semi-regularly.

13. Signs You’re Not Doing Enough

There are many signs that your commercial cleaning is not working. Foul smells. Workers are getting sick. Debris on the floor. Smudges on the windows. Don’t cut corners and skip steps when cleaning. Do it right every time.

14. Anticipate Inventory Needs

You don’t want to be caught without a specific product when you need it. Replenish commercial cleaning supplies regularly and on time. Always have what you need to clean up on any given day.

15. Set Aside Cleaning Time

If you’re assigning an employee the job of doing your workplace cleaning, ensure you give them enough time to get everything that they are supposed to. If you’re hiring a commercial cleaning company to do the work, you will want to ensure they have a schedule outlining when to clean and what’s expected of them.

Kelly Young is a writer born and raised in Toronto. Proud of her simple and cozy life, a perfect evening for Kelly would be to snuggle up in bed with her cat and a well-written historic memoir.