The ultimate guide to cleaning office equipment
We’ve learnt over the years that office cleaning is all about the details – the small things that make our customers happy. Most of our attention is focused on the small details, which really ensures an office space is clean. Since office equipment is used daily, it’s important that it’s kept clean for the safety of visitors and employees.
However, learning how to clean office equipment is a necessary skill for everyone – not just us cleaners! As a result, we’re putting all of our office equipment cleaning information into one large, ultimate guide. Cleaning everything from screens and keyboards to phones and refrigerators can be found in this blog. So get ready; we’re going in…
Things you’ll need
Before you begin, you want to gather your cleaning products and equipment. In order to do a good office cleaning job, you’ll need proper tools. The products below are the list you will need for DIY office cleaning.
- A flathead screwdriver
- Microfibre cloths
- Lint-free cleaning cloths
- Distilled vinegar
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Distilled water
- Rubbing alcohol
- Antibacterial surface spray
- Compressed air
- Cotton buds
How to clean a computer mouse
Cleaning your computer mouse, which is always in your hand but rarely cleaned, is not only hygienic, but it can also help it operate better and last longer. Over time, skin oils, dust, and dirt can get into the buttons and cause them to stop working. A clogged sensor and uneven, dirt-filled feet might also cause your mouse to stop operating.
Here’s how to go about it.
- Unplug your mouse if it has a wire, and turn it off if it is wireless.
- Then, flip the mouse upside down. Gently remove the filth from the feet and crags with a cotton bud and a little rubbing alcohol. If the cotton bud doesn’t work, you may need to use a toothpick to get the grime off.
- Clean the optical sensor — the part that looks like a tiny camera lens – gently with a new cotton bud and a little alcohol. Wipe clean the underside with a damp cloth one last time.
- Turn the mouse over and gently remove dirt and dust from between the buttons, gaps, joints, and crags using a fresh toothpick.
- Finish with a slightly damp towel that has been pre-sprayed with anti-bac.
How to clean a computer keyboard
We guarantee that if you’ve ever eaten at your office desk, food is still hiding in the spaces of your keyboard! Not only is it unpleasant, but it can impede the function of the keys over time.
This is how to thoroughly clean a computer keyboard:
- If your keyboard is wired, unplug it; if it is wireless, turn it off.
- Remove the key buttons with a flathead screwdriver or another appropriate tool. Be cautious – this only works with mechanical keyboards, not rubberized or flat designs!
- Warm soapy water should be used to clean the keys, followed by rinsing and thoroughly drying them.
- While the keys are drying, use a can of compressed air to blow off any crumbs or hairs from the keyboard’s base.
- Replace the keys and enjoy squeaky-clean typing!
How to clean a computer screen
Sneeze after sneeze. Every speck of dust. Every fingerprint from that one coworker who insists on touching your screen every time they come to your desk… Cleaning your computer screen makes it far more appealing to look at – which is useful because you’ll most likely be staring at it all day. So, here’s how to wipe a computer screen as thoroughly as possible.
- Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and distilled water and shake well to combine.
- Turn off the monitor and disconnect any cords from the back.
- Next, spray the vinegar water mixture onto one half of a fine, microfibre cloth and apply it to the screen, working in small circles to remove any remaining filth.
- Buff the screen softly in small circles with the dry side of the cloth until it is dry and streak-free.
How to clean a laptop
To thoroughly clean your business laptop, turn it off and then combine components from the first three cleaning tutorials:
- Clean out the crags around the trackpad and mouse buttons with cotton buds, alcohol, and toothpicks.
- Clean out the keyboard with compressed air – and check sure the keys can be removed before attempting to pop them off! Learn more about cleaning a laptop keyboard.
- Compressed air may also be used to clean dust from cooling vents, speakers, charging ports, and USB ports, so give them a good blow!
- Apply a microfibre cloth to the screen and clean it with the same 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and distilled water that you used to clean other computer screens.
How to clean your office desk
Now that you’ve cleaned everything on top of it, you can clean your desk properly – and it’s dead simple. Simply empty it entirely (or move large items such as screens over for a few minutes) and dust it with a cloth, keeping it dry at first. Then, spray it with anti-bacterial spray and wipe it down with a damp towel. Done! Note: when it comes to office cleaning, some tasks should be done more regularly. Cleaning your office desk can be done quickly and should be done every few days.
How to clean office chairs
Office chairs come in a variety of materials, including plastic, faux leather, real leather, fabric, and mesh. Knowing how to clean office chairs can appear to be a difficult task. And it can be at times.
- Plastic office chairs – If your office chairs are made of plastic, cleaning them is as simple as wiping them down with an antibacterial spray and a cleaning cloth. If there are any chrome metal components, a simple dab of WD-40 on a towel can brightly polish the metal.
- Mesh office chairs – Mesh office chairs can be vacuumed and wiped down, and leather is more durable than other materials and can be gently cleaned with a cloth.
- Fabric office chairs – With fabric office chairs, vacuum any dirt or dust on the cushioning first. Next, read the labels on the chair to figure out the correct cleaning products to use. Test the products on a small section and then continue over the entire chair if it’s safe.
Call a professional
Office cleaning can seem like a lot of work to do on your own. Each set of office equipment has its own cleaning procedure and this can make cleaning feel endless. Luckily, there is a solution. Hiring professional office cleaning services will allow you to have a clean office space in no time. Office cleaners have the skills and cleaning equipment to clean your office area quickly and efficiently. For help with office cleaning in Brantford, call our office cleaners today.