- Becky Kistler
5 Simple Ways To Clean The Office Kitchen +1 "Bonus"
Updated: Aug 12, 2022
Keeping a kitchen clean can be challenging, no matter how big or small it is. In fact, a small office kitchen can actually be more challenging to keep clean because of the limited space and accessibility. The challenges require you to have an organized and streamlined cleaning routine as well as effective cleaning tools and resources. Keeping your office kitchen clean not only improves hygiene of the work environment but boosts employee morale. A break room that is clean and safe keeps the team satisfied and comfortable with the work space. Here are some simple ways you can keep your office kitchen cleaner with less effort and stress.
Change Your Cleaning Schedule
A consistent schedule can help you keep track of which areas of the kitchen need to be cleaned. A schedule can also inform you and the property manager on the frequency that office kitchen may need to be attended to. Chances are, there are not many people in your office who would want to eat lunch in a kitchen where dishes are piled up, crumbs scattered around, and greasy appliances. Keeping a consistent schedule for cleaning can help prevent these problems from occurring. Change works best in small increments - so always ensure positive reinforcement to the small habitual changes around the office kitchen.
Declutter While You Clean
Although the idea may seem unorthodox, cleaning while the office kitchen is dirty is a more approachable method rather than waiting until it begins to become noticeable. When you have piles of dishes in the sink, crumbs on the counter, and the oven smothered with grease, you are then left with an equally hefty load of cleaning to do. Instead, we recommend cleaning as you go. For example, once a team member finishes eating their meal, have it mandatory to wipe down the table before heading back to their shift. We have seen some clients place a recycling bin next to a normal trash bin so that the disposer has an increased likelihood of throwing away their trash accordingly in an efficient manner as well as the sense of organization. It's better to clean a handful of messes rather than one behemoth of trash and dirt.
Keep A Small Cleaning Kit On Hand
Items like paper towels, sponges, and a small mops or brooms can make the job of keeping your kitchen clean much easier and time-efficient. Keeping these cleaning tools close by will ensure that you never find yourself caught short-handed whenever a spill or mess occurs. Do not worry if you lack the space for a large cleaning kit. You can easily find small kits with just the basic cleaning tools that can be stored in a closet or under the sink. We'll be more than happy to direct you to some of our favorite small cleaning kits.
Use "Easy-To-Remove" Cleaning Tools
Some cleaning tools can be difficult to remove from your kitchen appliances. For example, crumbs can get caught in a sponge, and they can be hard to clean out. Instead, use paper towels or a small mop to clean floors, and opt for a stiff brush to clean inside appliances like toasters and coffee machines. A brush will be easier to remove crumbs and gunk from these appliances than a sponge. Be knowledgable of the tools that you use. Be open to tools and resources that may be a better fit for certain cleans. Our experience and expertise has allowed us to see what tools works best for every day situations - and we are happy to share that with you.
Add A Drop Of Essential Oil To The Sink Drain
This is an easy way to keep your kitchen smelling fresh while preventing odor and grease build-up in the drain. Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to the drain once a week to keep the smell at bay. Some oils, like peppermint and cinnamon are helpful because their scent can help prevent pests from getting into your kitchen, like rodents, ants, and other unwanted guests.
Install A Garbage Disposal
Many do not realize how powerful a garbage disposal can be for cleaning your kitchen. All it takes is a quick grind of some tongs or knives to dispose of leftover food scraps and other kitchen items that are safe to put in the disposal. Keep in mind that certain types of food, like fibrous veggies, should never be put in the disposal.
Cleaning does not have to be a dreaded task. In fact, keeping your kitchen clean will help you save time and money in the long run. It’s best to get into the habit of cleaning your kitchen as soon as you finish using it. That way, you can prevent messes from building up and causing the kitchen to become more messy. If you are looking to simplify your cleaning routine, then these 6 simple tips should help make what was once an idea into a reality.
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