Now that we’re all heading back into the office, we’re likely to be spending a lot of time there. So, tired and worn office furniture filling the space is the last thing we’re going to want to look at. And it won’t project the right company image either. Many businesses are struggling to get back on their feet following the pandemic. We all need to be doing everything we can to bring in and retain those customers.

Furniture is subject to wear, especially in a busy office environment. Keeping furniture in the best condition possible is vital, so that you won’t have to replace it as often. Keeping your furniture in mint condition will help to create a respected reputation and hopefully bring you some impressive reviews from clients. Nobody wants to sit in a dirty armchair, with torn fabric and ominous stains. The way your furniture looks says an awful lot about you and your work ethic.

Replacing all your office furniture regularly comes with a high price tag! So, follow simple steps to keep your new furniture looking customer friendly for longer.

Leather

Leather is a good choice for office furniture because it starts to look better with some signs of wear, and it is easy to clean. It’s popular in offices because it appears professional and is simple to maintain. All it needs is a thorough rub down with a damp cloth once a week to remove any dirt. You can also buy stain resistant sprays to further protect your furniture.  Your office cleaning crew will always thank you for buying leather furniture!

Fabric

The most important piece of advice for the care of fabric furniture that we can think of is to make sure that any spillages are taken care of immediately.  Don’t leave them to become a part of the furniture as a stain! Always keep some effective stain removers handy in your office kitchen cupboard.  You’ll also need to vacuum regularly to stop dust from accumulating and settling into the fabric.

Wood

Wood is very efficient when used for furniture, but there is one problem with it and that is that it can show very clear signs of wear and tear. Even the temperature can have a negative effect on the appearance and quality of wood. If you want to make sure your wooden furniture stays attractive, you need to dust the surfaces regularly. You should also oil or wax the wood roughly twice a year to treat the material.

Metal

Here’s another low maintenance material for office furniture.  All you really need to do with metal furniture is wipe it on a weekly basis to keep it looking fresh. Dirt tends to build up in the corners of metal furniture, so they might need a scrub occasionally.

When thinking about keeping us safe from coronavirus, the most sensible choices for office furniture material are metal and hard plastics, because they can be easily disinfected. Leather is a more sensible choice than fabric for soft furnishings because this can also be disinfected more easily.

There’s a staggering 21,000 germs per square inch on chairs, desks and keyboards in offices. In fact, the average office desk harbours 10 million bacteria. That’s 100 times more germs than a kitchen table and 400 times more than the average toilet seat. Common bacteria found in the office include:

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Actinomycetales
  • Norovirus

Given that many people drink, snack, or eat lunch at their desks, it’s about time we took desk cleanliness more seriously. Yet only 20% of office staff clean their workspace before eating. Furthermore, furniture and IT equipment are often overlooked in typical cleaning routines.

A stricter cleaning and hygiene policy that includes all work surfaces including chair plastics, metal and fabrics could help reduce unnecessary illnesses in the workplace and improve your bottom line with less sick days being taken.

Give us a call today if you’d like us to take care of all your office cleaning needs. Let us worry about it so you don’t have to.