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What Cleaning Supplies Does an Office Need?

It’s imperative that office spaces are kept clean and tidy. Not only does it create great first impressions, boosting morale and motivation, it’s also important from a health and safety perspective. Your employees and any visitors to the office must be kept safe from harmful bacteria that can grow in even the most unlikely of places. Here’s a quick guide, together with a handy checklist, to help you ensure that your office is well equipped with all the cleaning supplies you’ll need to prevent the buildup of dirt in the workplace.


The Ultimate Cleaning Supplies Checklist

  • A large plastic bucket
  • Broom/dustpan/brush
  • Floor cleaning solution
  • A mop
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Dish sponge/brush
  • Disposable (or reusable) gloves
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Facial tissues
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • Antibacterial surface sprays
  • Micro fibre cloths
  • Surface sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Bin bags

Tasks to be Carried Out Regularly

Empty bins that are at full capacity

It’s important that bins are emptied regularly to discourage pests and prevent unpleasant smells. It’s important to create and maintain a comfortable environment for your employees to work in. It’s also useful to ensure there are always bin liners available.


Disinfect handles and fixtures

This is a very necessary task to carry out throughout the office and particularly in bathrooms. Pay close attention to door handles, paper towel dispensers, light switches and taps. You can use all purpose antibacterial wipes or sprays and a sponge to do this. It’s important to note that bathrooms and kitchens should have designated sponges and gloves to prevent germs from the bathroom crossing over into food preparation and eating areas.

Tap cleaning


Replenish supplies when necessary

It’s always good to keep cleaning supplies topped up. Hand soap, washing-up liquid, paper towels, toilet rolls, dish sponges/brushes, micro fibre cloths and surface sponges should all be stockpiled to prevent running out.


Maintain floors

It’s important that all floors are kept clean. Vacuum carpets and mop tiled flooring with antibacterial cleaning solutions. For kitchen floors, we recommend using Nilco Heavy Duty Floor Cleaner, a versatile, powerful de-greaser that’s suitable for use on most surfaces. For tiled floors away from the kitchen, try Nova Multi Purpose Sanitizer, this disinfects, cleans and deodorises floors to restore them back to a germ-free surface.

If you’re looking to remove coffee, tea and water mark stains from a carpeted floor, try Prochem Coffee Stain Remover, specially formulated to rid the carpet of persistent marks. For an all-over carpet clean, try Prochem Clensan for protection against bacteria and unpleasant smells. However, ensure your carpet has been extraction cleaned before cleaning it with this solution. Ensure you wear gloves before applying concentrated cleaning agents.

Cleaning Floors

Disinfect communal kitchen areas

Food preparation and eating areas are of the utmost importance when it comes to keeping an office clean. Disinfect counter tops and kitchen sinks with antibacterial sprays or kitchen cleaners. Wipe down fridge door handles, cupboard doors and bin lids for optimum cleanliness.


Wipe down hard surfaces

From desks to draw fronts, wipe down hard surfaces with antibacterial wipes or sprays to ensure a germ-free, work space. This is an important task to undertake, especially if you’re partial to eating lunch at your workstation.


Keep the area free of clutter

This is important to prevent slips, trips and floors in the workplace, keeping your employees safe. Make sure desk draws are shut, the aisles are free from boxes and bags and check the carpets for loose corners.  



Here at 1st 4 Cleaning, we’re dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers. As experienced suppliers of general and janitorial cleaning products, our experts aim to provide our clients with impeccable customer service and cleaning products of outstanding quality. For more information about the products we sell or the brands we stock, get in touch with us today – we’re always happy to help.  

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