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How to Clean your Office Desk With Our Step-By-Step Guide

A clean desk, a clean mind.

Many of us spend a lot of time sitting down at our desk completing important tasks. However, if your office desk is messy, cluttered or unorganised then it can be a challenge to keep focused and on track of what you're doing. 

Keeping your office desk neat and tidy eliminates distractions and allows you to concentrate fully on what you're doing. If you're not an organised person and cleaning isn't your thing don't worry because with our step-by-step guide to cleaning your office desk you can transform your workspace:

  1. Take everything off your desk

Before you start cleaning your office desk remove everything you have on it and put it into a pile next to you. You can sort through this pile later and decide what is essential and what you can hide away in a drawer.  First you need a clear desk before you start cleaning.

  1. Wipe down all surfaces

Once you cleared everything off your desk you’ll be amazed by how filthy it is underneath all the clutter. Did you know that the average office desk is 400 times dirtier than an average toilet seat? Shocking right - which is why you should regularly clean your desk.

Clean your computer screen, dust all of the surfaces and wipe down drawers to clean away any stains.To make sure your desk is as fresh and germ free as possible use an anti-bacterial spray and a damp cloth to wipe the surfaces.  Once you’ve disinfected your office desk keep a hand sanitiser close by to help minimise the risk of germs spreading.

  1. Keep essentials close by

It’s now time to tackle the pile of clutter that you cleared off your desk at the beginning. Sort through the pile and decide what’s essential. You’re going to want to keep all your supplies close by for easy access, drawers and desk organisers are convenient ways to keep your most used items in reach.

Clean office desk

  1. File away

You probably removed a mountain of paperwork from your desk now take the time to sort through this. Throw away (or shred!) paperwork that’s no longer needed or you already have saved on your computer. The paperwork you’re deciding to keep file away in paper wallets and ring binders to make sure they don’t get damaged or accidentally thrown recycled.

  1. Get rid of distractions

An office can be full of distractions with phones ringing, emails coming in and colleagues stopping at your desk for a quick chat can easily cause you to lose your trail of thought.  To help keep distractions and clutter to a minimum, get rid of any unnecessary personal items and keep the underneath of your desk tidy. These distractions will keep you from achieving your goal of having a clean and tidy office desk.

  1. Don’t eat at your desk

You’ve gone to the effort of decluttering, disinfecting and organising your office desk you don’t want to spoil your hard work by having your lunch at your desk. Food is the biggest problem when it comes to desk grime, smell and overall uncleanliness. Any plates, bowls and silverware that have managed to sneak their way onto your desk need taking to the kitchen.

Nemone Jacques at Starbrands, had this tip to offer:

“Starbrands are firm believers that a tidy workspace equals a tidy mind. Having a clean office desk is important for not only for your health but also for your professional image. In business, your image doesn't stop at your suit and tie, or your crisp white blouse; it extends into your workplace habits and beyond. A clean and tidy office sends a message that you are organised and take pride in your work, but it's also important for you and your colleague's health. 

Dirty and forgotten office equipment can often to be blame for your runny noses or sick days. To be sure to keep your workforce as efficient as possible, wipe your computer, mouse and keyboard down daily using a general Multi-Surface Cleaner. For a deeper clean use 4-1 Disinfectant Spray on telephones, photocopiers, microwaves, cupboards and all the other forgotten spots every week.”

Office Desks from Kit Out My Office

If your office desk can’t be saved with a bit of spring cleaning and it’s time to upgrade look no further. Come to Kit Out My Office and you’ll find thousands of office desks available in different sizes, shapes and styles to choose from for your business or home office.  With the choice of up to 16 colour options with prices starting from only £94.

All of our office desks are made in our own UK factory and manufactured to the highest standards. We hold FSC and ISO certificates – which is why we offer a 10 year guarantee on our desks.

If you need any advice or further information on any of our products or services, call a friendly member of our experienced sales team on 0800 8044 760, or email today.

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