Germs harbor in many spaces throughout an office setting. Bathrooms, desks, conference rooms and other areas are prone to the spread of germs, but these aren’t the only spaces that attract bacteria. Office kitchens and break rooms can be home to a variety of germs, illnesses and even mold if they aren’t cleaned properly.
To help ensure that your office kitchens stay clean and organized, make a list of rules that your employees must follow. From washing their own dishes to wiping down surfaces with disinfecting wipes, each staff member can do their part to help reduce the number of germs harboring in this high-traffic area. Post these office kitchen etiquette steps from the professionals at ServiceMaster Clean® to remind your employees to clean up and keep this space tidy.
General office kitchen rules
Staff members shouldn’t assume that other employees will clean up after them. Instead, if they make a mess, it is their responsibility to clean the mess. Have your staff follow these office kitchen rules to help ensure everything stays clean:
- Wash and dry your own dishes.
- Scrape uneaten food into the trash. Do NOT put food down the drain.
- Reseal any uneaten food, and store it neatly in the cabinet or refrigerator.
- Never leave open food on the counter, as it can attract bugs.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Clean up splatters in the microwave as soon as they occur.
- Clean up spills on the floor immediately to avoid slip and fall incidents.
Office refrigerator rules
Staff members regularly use the kitchen refrigerator to store snacks, lunches and beverages. To help keep the refrigerator tidy, have your employees follow these rules:
- Label your lunch to help identify which food belongs to each employee.
- Never cram or shove other people’s food to make room for yours. Instead, consider reorganizing the fridge until everything fits properly.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Remove rotting or spoiled food immediately.
It’s also a good idea to do a weekly inspection of your kitchen refrigerator, especially because it’s one of the top places people forget to clean in their kitchen. At the end of the week, check to ensure that any spoiled food is thrown out and remind staff to take their leftovers home if your company has weekends off. Then, wipe down the interior and exterior with a disinfecting wipe to help kill germs.
Office kitchen etiquette
Along with the general office kitchen rules, a little courtesy can go a long way to keeping this shared space clean and tidy. Post these notes somewhere in your kitchen to remind your staff to follow kitchen etiquette at work:
- Replace items if you’ve taken the last one, including napkins, paper towel, stir sticks and plastic utensils.
- Avoid bringing food with strong odors that will linger, including fish.
- Never overstuff the trash bin.
- Never leave your items in the sink.
When employees work together to keep the daily clutter and mess to a minimum, they can help lower the risk of spreading germs in the workplace. To keep your facility even cleaner, use a professional cleaning service like ServiceMaster Clean. Our commercial janitorial cleaning services can deliver exceptional results you depend on with a schedule that works for your business. We’ll even work with you to create a comprehensive cleaning routine that’s customized to fit your office. Contact us today to learn more about our extensive services and our commitment to providing the highest standards of clean.