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Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Office Furniture for Safety

Never before has office sanitizing been so vital to the health and safety of the employees that frequent these spaces. The rise and spread of Covid-19 has made cleaning and sanitizing a necessity, and workers are discovering that paying close attention to their workspaces is key in keeping office furniture sanitized.

The initial lockdown happened quickly, and workers went from chatting it up in the breakroom one day to logging in to the office email from their kitchen tables the next. Now that workers are returning to their workplaces, the question of sanitizing is one everyone’s minds. Here is what the experts recommend when it comes to ensuring your space is germ-free.

Sanitizing Your Desk

First, unplug everything. You may think that powering down your computer is enough to do the trick, but as it turns out, you will have to actually unplug everything to ensure that there is no current running through the wires. Getting disinfectant spray into actively plugged-in devices can ruin them, so disconnect everything first. Start by wiping down your high-touch desktop items with disinfectant wipes. These include staplers, scissors, tape dispensers, pens, pencils and plastic file holders. Allow them to dry before returning them to the desk.

Next, start with the desktop itself. You would be surprised at how many germs make their home here. Use a dry cloth to get rid of accumulated dust, then wipe the desk down with disinfectant wipes. Pay close attention to the area surrounding the keyboard—you likely touch this area more than others. Use a disinfectant spray to get into the tiny corners and make sure you get any germs you may have missed with the wipes. Allow the desktop to dry before replacing your other desktop items.

You will need to clean and sanitize your desk weekly if you are in an area away from other workers. If your desk is in a high-traffic area, like on the corner of a row, you may need to clean more often. If you sit at the reception desk or anywhere that gets a steady flow of new visitors, you may have to clean and sanitize more than once per day.

Sanitizing Your Chairs

Chairs are hotbeds of germs. People touch the backs of them, sit on them, place bags on them and roll them around all over the office. If you’re cleaning meeting room chairs, multiple people have touched the armrests and sat in them, so you’re in for a real task when it comes to cleaning these. How you clean the chairs depends heavily on the fabric. For metal and non-textile chairs, the job will be simple. Spray them with disinfectant spray, then allow it to sit for about 5-10 minutes before wiping down the chair.

For cloth and leather chairs, use a vacuum to rid the chair of any dust or debris. Create a solution with mild dish soap and hot water, then lightly dab it onto a section of the chair that is not visible. Check for discoloration before cleaning the rest of the chair. If your chair is labeled “dry clean only,” use a dry cleaning solution of simply mist the chair with disinfectant spray. Allow the chairs to dry near open windows for at least 30 minutes before using them.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Common Areas

In addition to cleaning your office furniture, it is important to clean and sanitize areas that are used by multiple people. The elevator buttons are the most insidious of them all, so spray them with germ-killing disinfectant regularly. Other high touch items include door handles, bathroom faucets and appliances, kitchen and break room countertops and appliances and the reception desk area. Clean these areas multiple times each day to ensure that your office remains a safe and germ-free space to work.

When it comes to keeping your office Covid-safe, sanitizing your office furniture is a vital task. Clean your desk, chairs and common areas regularly to ensure a safe and comfortable office for everyone.