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A ‘How To’ on Office Cleaning

Updated: Feb 3

There should be no one now who hasn’t heard of COVID-19, what it is, what it can do, and who it affects. There should also be no one who isn’t taking action in some way, be it with self-isolation, social distancing, or improved levels of hygiene and self-care.

But while you’re remembering to avoid social gatherings, and protecting the more vulnerable members of your community, you can also be focusing on the cleanliness of your surroundings. More specifically, your office space.

How clean is your office, and could it be cleaner? Read on to learn how to clean your workspace for the health of yourself and those around you.

What You Will Need

  • Cleaning Spray

  • Cleaning Cloth(s)

  • Wipes

  • Hand Sanitiser

  • Tissues

Workspace Accessories

Look around your office and desk. What do you have that people can pick up, move, or borrow? Any staplers, pens, tape dispensers, and similar, can be wiped down with antibacterial sprays on all sides. Take this opportunity to throw away any empty pens and declutter your space.


A keyboard can be around 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Let that sink in. You are safer to type on your toilet seat than you are your keyboard. Unplug your keyboard and clean it with antibacterial spray or wipes, making sure to remove as much residue as possible.

If you eat at your desk, then consider the use of a keyboard-friendly goo product to remove crumbs and debris from between the keys.


Your mouse is equally as dirty as your keyboard. Think about how often you will clean your bathroom, but how infrequently your mouse sees any attention. Antibacterial wipes are easy to use, and many brands are also compostable for user peace of mind. Remember to wipe down all parts of the mouse, including the base.

Computer Chair

The best computer chair to buy for your workspace is a leather or faux leather one. Not only does it look sleek and stylish, but it’s far easier to clean than one featuring fabric.

Get into the habit of wiping down your computer chair at the end of each working week. Anyone with a fabric chair may like to invest in upholstery cleaning products that can have time to dry over the weekend before beginning a new working week.


Crumbs, dust, debris, and fluff can pile up on work surfaces in no time at all. Clear your desk of all items, spray a multi-purpose or antibacterial product on it, then wipe it off with a clean rag. Get into the habit of cleaning down all work surfaces at the end of each working week.

Wash Your Hands

It goes without saying, but does still need to be said, that the best way to stop the spread of germs is through handwashing. After using the bathroom, preparing food, or even visiting someone else’s office, use antibacterial or antimicrobial soap regularly.

Germs pass on through touch, and in the case of COVID-19, through respiratory droplets, close contact, and touching surfaces with the virus on it. Wash your hands, and you potentially minimise the risk of many different illnesses.

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