The Business Cleaning Checklist: Everything You Need to Clean in Your Office or Shared Workspace

Published On: October 26, 2022

Whether you have an office of five or five hundred, cleaning should be an integral part of the daily workload. From desks to bathrooms, cleaning must take precedent, especially in COVID times when cleaning is essential to keeping employees healthy and well and a business open and functioning. Here is a business cleaning checklist for cleaning your office that will keep your staff and clients healthy and your space looking great.

Shared Workspaces, Desks, and Cubicles

There are many areas of an office or workspace that can collect dust, dirt, and germs. Depending on how your office is set up, you may have individual workspaces or shared spaces that everyone can use. No matter the setup, these spaces need TLC on a daily and weekly basis, especially if people are sharing tables, electronics, and personal items.

Daily Cleaning

•   Remove office/personal items from desks/tables and wipe down surfaces

•   Disinfect phones, keyboards, staplers & office supplies—anything people are consistently touching

•   Disinfest shared items, such as copiers, fax machines, light switches/lamps, doorhandles, etc.

•   Empty trash and replace liners (as needed)

Weekly Cleaning

•   Dust shelving, windowsills, and baseboards

•   Clean windows, partitions, and door glass

Kitchens and Break Rooms

Whether your office has a kitchen or break room, these areas can be a hotbed for germs, especially if you have a larger office with a significant number of employees. There are multiple tasks that should be completed each day and each week to ensure these spaces stay clean and ready for use.

Daily Cleaning

•   Wipe down and disinfect counters, tables, appliance handles & buttons, etc.

•   Disinfect shared utensils, dishes, mugs, etc.

•   Empty trash and replace liners (as needed)

•   Wipe down water cooler/drinking fountains

Weekly Cleaning

•   Clean out fridge, discard old items, and wipe down shelving


Restrooms typically get the most cleaning love from offices and homes alike because of their icky connotation. It’s one of the top places germs can hide for the obvious reasons, but cleaning the toilets isn’t the only task that should be completed on a daily basis.

Daily Cleaning

•   Disinfect toilets

•   Wipe down counter space, stall doors, and dispensers

•   Clean sinks/faucets

•   Wipe down mirrors

•   Replace toilet paper, paper towels, soap, hygiene products, etc.

•   Empty trash/hygiene bins and replace liners


There are two aspects to floor cleaning: daily/weekly cleans and deep cleans. For all areas listed above, nightly sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming should be taking place, especially in high-traffic areas. However, once to twice a year, carpet cleaning, floor buffing, and waxing should be added into the cleaning schedule to improve the look of your workspace and maintain the integrity of your flooring.

•   Sweep and mop bathroom floors

•   Sweep and mop non-carpeted areas

•   Vacuum carpeted areas

Foyers and Waiting Rooms

Your business, office, or workspace may or may not have a foyer or a waiting room, but even if you only have a front door, this area should be considered when looking at your daily and weekly cleaning needs. This is the first space people see when they walk in, and it’s also the most daily trafficked area in your office. Depending on the type of office/workspace, your needs will vary for this part of your checklist.

Daily Cleaning

•   Disinfect surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, phones, call buttons, screens/remotes, pens/pencils, etc.

•   Remove items and wipe down counter spaces, chair arms, tables

•   Empty trash and replace liners (as needed)

•   Wipe down water cooler/drinking fountains/shared coffee makers

Weekly Cleaning

•   Dust shelving, windowsills, and display areas

•   Organize materials, magazines, merchandise, etc.

•   Clean windows and glass partitions

Other Things to Consider

While daily and weekly cleaning tasks are important, there are also other areas and aspects of the office and workspace that should be taken into consideration, not only for aesthetic but for longevity.

•   HVAC or ventilation systems: All office spaces and workspaces will have some type of HVAC or ventilation system. It’s important to ensure these systems are regularly cleaned and maintained for the health and wellness of everyone on site.

•   Upholstery, curtains, blinds: Depending on your office, you may have furniture, blinds, or even curtains in your space. These items also need to be cleaned regularly to ensure germs and dust are removed from the environment and that these items are cared for so they will last.

•   Area rugs: Did you know you can send your area rugs out for professional cleaning? Just like deep cleaning carpets, the same should be done for area rugs throughout the office space.

•   Dust light fixtures & sconces: Lighting may not even cross your mind when it comes to an office, but these fixtures can attract bugs, dust, and germs. Add these items to your monthly cleaning list to ensure they look good and stay that way.

Whether your office is big or small, your staff’s health is important and should be at the forefront of daily tasks. Create your own business cleaning checklist and divvy up the responsibility. And hey, if you’re able, reach out to a professional cleaning service to take care of these tasks for you. They know the ins and outs of cleaning and disinfection, so you don’t have to!

Running a business takes a significant amount of time and effort, which means you may not have the time to properly clean. If that’s the case, reach out to Advanced Cleaning and let us take care of your office, so you can focus on the work.

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