You may not be aware of it, but you might already be taking office cleaning for granted. As a responsible employee, you should be educated on the correct ways of cleaning the different areas in your office. Cleaning is both and art and a science. To be executed properly, it requires careful execution.

To know more about the office-cleaning mistakes you should avoid, here are the most common office cleaning mistakes that employees usually commit:

Scrubbing Stains

Scrubbing a carpet stain may seem the obvious thing to do, but it often does more harm than good. Scrubbing will untwist the carpet fibers, sometimes permanently. Instead, blot the stain with a paper towel and soak up as much liquid as possible. Next, apply carpet cleaner and allow it to sit. Blot dry, then repeat until the stain has lifted. Be sure to act fast and not allow the stain to set and seep into in the carpet. It will be far more difficult to remove later.

Not Emptying Your Vacuum Enough

Even if you use a cleaning service, your vacuum is likely used often to get rid of dust, dirt, and other unwanted grime between scheduled cleanings. Most people forget to clean and empty their vacuum after use. Keep in mind that restricted airflow will restrict your vacuum’s primary function. A full vacuum will not be able to absorb the contaminants properly. Therefore, to keep your vacuum in peak performance, it would be advisable to empty your vacuum after every use.

Assuming Cleaning Tools Are Clean

Imagine all the dirty surfaces your sponges, mops and dust cloths have touched over the course of a day. With a few simple precautions you can ensure that you are actually cleaning your surfaces and not cross-contaminating your surfaces. Your cleaning tools are not as effective if they are dirty. You may not have considered tidying up your tools if they’re not clean, so why clean them? Your supplies can harbor bacteria, dirt and debris when not properly cared for.

Knock your broom against a wall or railing to loosen the dust. If your mop has a removable cotton head, you may be able to wash it with your laundry, whereas sponge heads should be cleaned like a sponge. Sponges and brushes should be soaked regularly in a cleaning solution.

Ignoring Instructions

The instructions on the back of the bottle are there for a reason. Cleaning products have been specially formulated and tested to determine the most effective way to use them, and ignoring the instructions can be harmful and less effective. This also tends to lead to accidental misuse; if the bottle says it shouldn’t be used on floors, chances are it is going to have an adverse effect. While it may seem unnecessary, just a quick glance at the instructions can help save you time and money and lead to a cleaner environment.

Avoiding these common cleaning mistakes can help save time, money, and frustration. Be sure to avoid making these mistakes and remember that when a mess is too big to clean up, it’s always best to call a professional.

At OctoClean, we have an expert team of franchise owners who pay special attention to every aspect of your office building. We ensure that your building is a clean and healthy place for your employees to work and for your customers to visit.