How To Keep The Office Kitchen Clean

Tuesday 13th February 2024

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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Making sure your workplace is clean and tidy is critical to protect your employees' health, boost their morale, and make a great first impression for visitors. One of the key areas that must be cleaned regularly and kept in pristine condition is the kitchen. 

Hereat ICE Cleaning, we offer our contract cleaning services to businesses across the UK. Our fully trained general cleaners can keep your office, including the kitchen and washroom, in immaculate condition. We offer flexible and regular cleaning, and have plenty of experience providing our services in a range of settings.

Keep reading to find out more about keeping your office kitchen clean.

The benefits of a clean office kitchen

Maintaining cleanliness in the office, especially in communal areas like kitchens, is crucial for several reasons. 

Kitchens are prone to bacteria and virus accumulation due to food waste and frequent use by multiple people. Regular cleaning reduces the risk of cross-contamination, thus keeping employees healthy. This leads to fewer sick days taken by staff members.

Cleanliness plays an essential role in employee satisfaction, as well. A well-maintained kitchen makes break times more enjoyable for staff members, boosting their morale throughout the workday.

A clutter-free and tidy kitchen space allows employees to find what they need quickly, saving them time and reducing stress, too. Studies have shown that working in a clean environment can significantly boost an individual's concentration levels, thereby enhancing overall productivity.

An orderly office kitchen reflects positively on your company’s image when visited by clients or potential hires, as well. It sends out a message that you care about your workplace environment which can be indicative of how you handle business matters. You can learn more about the benefits of a clean office in this blog

Encourage employees to clean up after themselves

Firstly, make sure that cleaning duties are not seen as someone else's job. By fostering an environment of mutual respect and teamwork, employees will be more inclined to tidy up after themselves. Displaying friendly reminders or guidelines around the kitchen can also help reinforce this behaviour.

Additionally, consider implementing a rota system for tasks that are not part of anyone's daily routine, such as emptying the dishwasher or wiping down communal surfaces.

Stock up on cleaning supplies

Having easy access to cleaning products encourages quick, regular cleaning. Consider placing antibacterial wipes and sprays within arm's reach for quick cleanups.

This approach not only maintains cleanliness but also fosters an environment where hygiene is everyone’s priority, helping keep germs at bay.

Organise storage to cut down on clutter

An organised kitchen means less clutter, giving dirt and grime fewer places to hide. Invest in sufficient storage solutions like shelves and bins for food items, utensils, and equipment. Clear countertops are easier to clean thoroughly, too.

Keep the sink clean

The sink often becomes a communal dumping ground for dirty dishes and the waste on them. To prevent the build up of unwashed dishes and food scraps, make sure washing dishes and cleaning the sink is clearly in your cleaning rota. 

Ensure there is always washing up liquid as well as sponges and scourers on hand so any washing up can be done effectively and quickly.  

Avoid clogs by discouraging employees from disposing of solid waste down the sink. Posting signs as reminders can help maintain awareness about what should not go down there like coffee grounds or oil which could lead to blockages needing professional attention.

Empty bins regularly

Bins in office kitchens fill up faster than you might think thanks to lunch leftovers, tea bags, and snack wrappers. When left unattended, they can become a source of unpleasant smells and even attract insects or rodents. Setting a regular schedule for bin clearance is crucial.

You should also think about dividing waste into recyclable and non-recyclable containers to help with your environmental sustainability efforts within your workplace. Encouraging employees to follow these practices ensures that keeping the office kitchen clean becomes part of everyone's routine.

Deep clean appliances regularly

Cleaning your office kitchen's appliances is not just about wiping them down. Over time, bits of food, grease, and other debris can accumulate in places you do not see during a quick clean.

For instance, the microwave can become a hotspot for bacteria if spills are not cleaned immediately. A deep clean involves taking out the turntable and washing it separately with warm soapy water. Similarly, refrigerators need a thorough cleaning at least once every two months to prevent odours and maintain hygiene standards.

Toasters and kettles also require attention. Crumbs trapped in a toaster can pose a fire risk while scale build-up in kettles affects their efficiency. Descale your kettle using vinegar or lemon juice solution periodically to keep it functioning, as well.

Hire contract cleaners

Employing contracted cleaning staff can take the stress of office kitchen cleaning off your hands. These professionals do more than just tidy up. They deep clean spaces, ensuring high hygiene standards are maintained.

Their knack for customising their cleaning regimen to perfectly align with your requirements stands out as a significant advantage. Whether it is daily upkeep or a monthly deep clean, they have got you covered. Their adaptability frees you to concentrate on your tasks, relieving the stress over how tidy your dining spaces are.

Moreover, these experts come equipped with the right tools and cleaning agents to tackle any job. They ensure that every corner of your kitchen is not just visually clean but sanitised, too. You can find out whether contract cleaning is right for your business in this blog

Contact us today

We offer complimentary applications of our innovative decontamination solution, ICE SHIELD®, and air quality testing with our contract cleaning services.

To find out more about how we can help you, get in touch with our team on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. They will be happy to schedule your free site survey and provide you with a no-obligation quote.  

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