If you have decided that it’s time to move your office then you’ll need to be sure to clean your old one, either to get your full security deposit back or just out of good faith. Now, big companies or corporations will likely pay for a professional cleaning service. But if you own a small business, where the people in the office amount to no more than 10 or so, then cleaning it yourself could be a viable option; it could save you and your business money and will not take long to do. After all, offices aren’t as prone to getting as messy as our homes do. Here are some top tips for cleaning your office yourself in order to save a few quid.
1) Ask your employees to help
With everything in life, the more people helping with a task, the easier that task becomes. If you can enroll the help of 2-3 of your employees to help you clean then the task will be over before you know it. But, chances are your employees will want to be paid, or will need some sort of incentive to do so. You can offer them an hourly wage, or you can offer them other bonuses, such as letting them come in an hour later for work the next day if they help clean, or some nice free alcoholic drinks at the end of the cleaning. Make sure you offer them something, or they may see you as being unreasonable.
Before you pack everything way, be sure to dust all your products. You’ll be surprised where dust can end up and you don’t want to unpack all your desks, computer, chairs and whatnot to find that they are extremely dusty, making your new office dirty the minute you set up your office layout. This can easily be avoided; simply get a duster and dust down everything you wish to transport to your new office before you pack it away to be transported.
3) Do it out of working hours
If you clean your office for a relocation during working hours, you’ll be losing some business. 9-5 are the hours, for most office industries, where the money is made. Don’t sacrifice even one for the sake of cleaning. As it is a small office anyway, cleaning the office, provided you are not doing it along, shouldn’t take more than an hour or two. On the last day of your tenancy in that office, stay behind a couple of hours after work to make sure everything is dusted and the carpet or floor boards are spotless.
4) Rubbish storage
If your moving out then the chances are you’ll have a lot more stuff that is needed to be binned than you would after just a regular clean. Just as with cleaning your own home at the end of a tenancy, you will need to throw out random clutter that you’ve collected during the years. The last thing you want to happen is to clean your entire office out to find that there is no space for the extra rubbish. Be sure to obtain extra bins or other plastic containers that can store rubbish.
After everything is packed up and gone, quickly go over everything with a good quality hoover. This will just get rid of any dust and little pieces of rubbish that have been left after everything has been packed up.
Most offices, regardless of the size, will be professionally cleaned by whoever leased the office to you. But it is a good to make sure your office is as tidy when you leave as it was when you moved in.