Cleaning an office kitchen is a task that is not always very popular with co-workers, but it must be done before the end of the day. Industry standards vary regarding how often floors, countertops and appliances should be cleaned, but an annual deep clean that includes cleaning walls, windows and cabinets may suffice for some offices.
However, a daily basic cleaning that takes place before the end of the workday will keep a kitchen fresh and inviting for everyone. But there are a few rules and etiquettes that should be followed to ensure a good kitchen environment for everyone.
It is important to understand the preferences of those who work in an office environment when it comes to cleanliness. Here in this article, we have shed light on some office kitchen cleaning etiquette and rules
Office Kitchen Cleaning EtiquetteAnd Rules- What To Do?
1) All dirty dishes should be stowed in the dishwasher or sink, with food scraps rinsed off and deposited into the garbage.
2) Any open foods, snacks or drinks should be stowed in the refrigerator or under lock and key. These include items that are half-eaten, spilled, left out for too long without refrigeration or drink with an open lid.
3) Counters should be wiped down with a wet sponge before leaving for the day.
4) If there are spills on the floor, mop them up with a disinfectant before leaving the office kitchen.
5) Throw out any trash that has accrued in your office kitchen by the end of the workday, including wrappers and tea bags or coffee filters.
6) Rinse out any wet mop or cleaning cloths and hang them to dry.
7) If there isa dishwasher, run it before leaving for the day.
8) If you must use chemical cleaners such as 409 or Clorox to clean the kitchen counters, spray these cleaners on a paper towel and leave it to dry before throwing out the paper towel.
9) If you use a wet sponge, rinse and wring it out before leaving for the day and place it in a bucket or dishwashing machine to be washed and sanitized overnight.
10) If there is no dishwasher, wash all dirty dishes before leaving for the day.
11) Locate work areas in your office kitchen by designating certain appliances to certain areas. For example, designate one area of the refrigerator or countertop for drinks only, another area for snacks only and another area for microwaveable foods.
12) Always throw out any expired or open foods to avoid spoilage or contamination.
13) Throw away any dairy products that have been kept outside the refrigerator for more than two hours at room temperature. During the summer months, this time frame may be shorter, so pay attention to how long your foods are kept out at room temperature.
14) Always remember that the kitchen is not a personal pantry or refrigerator where you can leave open or uneaten foods for extended periods.
Office Kitchen Cleaning EtiquetteAnd Rules-What Not To Do?
1. Never place a garbage can under a shelf to avoid having to bend over for trash removal.
2. Never overload a dishwasher, and always follow manufacturers’ instructions for loading.
3. Never place appliances on top of cabinets to avoid having to reach up for them – this practice can damage cabinets, cause injury and even dislodge shelves, which may result in hot liquids or chemicals spilling onto you or onto equipment on the floor.
4. Never leave the kitchen in a complete mess and never arrive at work and find that someone else has left dirty dishes in the sink for you, which means that everyone must share the burden of dishwashing duty while also performing their job duties.
5. Never throw dirty food scraps in the garbage instead of into the compost bin or garbage disposal, since this can cause spoilage and attract pests.
6. Never eat while cooking, especially if you have an open sore on your hands or face that could contaminate the food with harmful bacteria (i.e. from a cold sore).
7. Never touch foods or drink before washing your hands if you have been in contact with harmful chemicals such as household cleaners, pesticides, heavy metals and bodily fluids.
8. Never place a drinking glass in the sink to avoid having to wash it by hand when only a small amount of water is required for drinking.
9. Never use a drinking glass to scoop up water and then pour the water down the drain, since this spreads bacteria from your mouth all over the sink.
10. Never place a dirty dishrag or sponge back into a drawer because this can contaminate clean dishes with harmful bacteria that will multiply rapidly as soon as those kitchen items are pulled out for use again.
11. Never rinse dishes in the sink with water that has been standing at room temperature for an extended period, since this adds to the bacterial load instead of reducing it. The warmer the water, the more bacteria will multiply during exposure to standing water.
12. Never allow the kitchen sink to overflow with water because this can damage or destroy electronic devices that are plugged into an outlet under the sink.
13. Never leave the kitchen without turning off appliances and lights, locking doors, etc., since it isn’t fair for others to have to tidy up things after you when you are finished using the office kitchen.
14. Never place food in the refrigerator that isn’t covered, since raw meat juices can drip onto other foods and cause spoilage.
When using the office kitchen, it is important to be considerate of others and to maintain a sanitary environment. By following these simple etiquettes and rules, you will have a safe and sanitary work environment where you can focus on doing your job well. Remember these chores, cooperation and responsibilities, no matter how little they are, will help to build good relationships among colleagues and flourish positivity in the work environment.