Every company is in constant search of a bigger and better office space. Lower rents and a better location are always a good incentive to relocate your business. This means moving the entire office machines and supply, which can be tricky. To add to the trouble, many landlords require you to sign contracts stating that you will clean after you move away or your lease ends. This seems daunting at first, but with the help of our checklist, you will have no trouble leaving a pristinely clean office space for the next company that moves in.
Prepare for the Move and Cleaning
Preparation is the first and the crucial step for any clean-up. Make a schedule that will take into account how long it take on average for each room to be cleaned. If you’re up against a huge space, like a hangar-like structure, they you might consider employing an extra pair of hands to speed things up. Another crucial aspect of a thorough preparation is the moving out of your stuff. You might think that this is obvious, but before any cleaning can commence 100% of the stuff has to be moved out. The last thing you need are movers and cleaners colliding with each other. Finally, you need to gear up, and delegate who is going to do the actual cleaning. Some bear necessities you will need are brooms, gloves, buckets, dustpans, sponges etc.
Office space mostly consists of large or small offices, but there are other rooms that many people forget to include in the cleaning plan, such as small kitchens and the toilet. Each of these rooms requires special care when cleaning. Offices first have to be vacuum-cleaned or mopped. Then you need to clean the doors and windows, especially around the edges. Give special care to the blinds that almost always need dusting. Light switches, as well as light pieces that are on the ceiling, have to be sanitized. Finally, you would want to clean the walls, but only their lower part that was most prone to dirt. If you had a pest problem during your lease, then this issue needs to be resolved too.
Next up are kitchens. These areas are usually small but they require a different approach to cleaning. Since grease accumulates on the tiles over time, you need to thoroughly scrub the wall tiles. Also, don’t miss the stove top or the inside of a stove or a microwave if you had one. Clean the sink and empty and dust all the cabinets, cupboards, shelves, and drawers.
Toilets require even more care. Again, dirty wall tiles are the first thing to take care of. Secondly, clean the sinks and the faucets and don’t forget to sanitize the toilet bowl, with special care given to the toilet seat. Finally, polish all the mirrors and clean the door handles.
Consider Hiring Professionals
If what we have written so far seems overwhelming for you and your helpers, there is always the easy way out. There are professional cleaning crews who specialize in large-scale commercial cleaning. According to the expert from Nice and Clean, their trick is the sheer number of cleaners, the ability to rotate them, and the fact each individual has special tasks. Add to this their overall experience and you have a team of professionals that will make your former office sparkle in no time.
During the cleaning itself, people simply forget open the balcony door and completely disregard this area. These too need to be mopped and all the unwanted clutter that was stored there removed. If your office included a separate garage, go through it with a dust cloth as well. Clear and clean the shelves and drawers, and give special attention to cobwebs in the corners of the room.
Finally, the keyword when it comes to leaving the office space nice and clean is planning. Know who is cleaning, what equipment they will be using and how long it will take. By showing that you care for all these things, the final result is going to leave an impression of a brand new office that you left to the next tenant.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.