How to Develop an Office Cleaning Program from Scratch

There’s nothing quite like working in an office that is regularly dusted, vacuumed, mopped and generally kept sparkling and clean – especially when you compare it to one that is neglected and full of dirt, cobwebs and bad smells! A clean office shows that you take pride in your business, and that you care about office morale and also about the health of your workers and visitors.

In light of that, it’s important to have an office cleaning regime in place to keep your office feeling fresh and hygienic all the time. If you feel overwhelmed by that or don’t know where to start, read on for some tips and ideas.

A thorough office cleaning regime

Start by taking a walk through your premises and noting down areas that need regular cleaning and that you consider deserve special attention. It’s also a good idea to survey your employees to find out what they would like to see improved in terms of hygiene and cleanliness.

The sample lists below may come in handy for dividing up your premises into sections and for developing your own cleaning checklist.

Offices, entry areas, and meeting rooms:

  • Dust and damp-wipe surfaces.
  • Spot clean walls, doors and switches.
  • Vacuum carpeted areas and mats.
  • Spot clean carpets where required.
  • Dust-mop hard floors and spot clean where necessary.
  • Clean and disinfect phones.
  • Empty and re-line rubbish bins.


  • Damp-wipe tables and chairs.
  • Sweep and mop floors.
  • Wash any stray dishes, empty dishwasher and put dishes away.
  • Wipe down sinks, coffee machine and microwave.
  • Empty and re-line bins.


  • Clean and disinfect toilets.
  • Clean sinks, counter tops and mirrors.
  • Sweep and mop floors.
  • Empty and re-line bins.
  • Restock supplies.


  • Vacuum or mop hallways and stairs.
  • Wax and buff hard floors fortnightly.
  • Disinfect door handles and switches.

Another consideration is working out how long it takes to go through the program. This could be done by allocating a certain amount of time to each area and then calculating the total time. A test run of the complete set of procedures should also help you do this.

Consider professional office cleaning

At the end of a working day the last thing you probably feel like doing is cleaning your premises! In that case you might want to consider using commercial office cleaning services. Qualified office cleaners should have all the equipment, expertise and cleaning products to do the job thoroughly and efficiently, allowing you to get on with the job of running your business without worrying about hygiene and cleaning tasks. Contact us for a quote for our office cleaning services across Australia, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Want your own cleaning business?

On the other hand, you might be interested in starting your own cleaning business! If that’s the case, make sure to check out our franchise opportunities at JAN-PRO. With a JAN-PRO franchise you get access to full training, proven systems and the resources you need to run your own successful cleaning enterprise. Contact us for more details if you are interested.

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