When it’s time to move on from your current commercial space, you will need to complete a laundry list of tasks. You will need to pack up and coordinate the move, and you will also need to clean up for the next tenant. We have broken down the immense task of cleaning into 5 steps when moving out of your office space to help you stay organized, reduce your stress, and save you time and energy.
An office move can feel completely overwhelming when you think about the long, backbreaking process of getting everything from your current location to your new one and cleaning the space.
Pack Up Everything Before You Clean
There are many tasks associated with moving out, and the last thing you want to do is double your work. Many common mistakes when moving out of a space are cleaning before you’ve finished moving.
If you begin cleaning while the move is still underway, you will have to repeat many tasks and become unnecessarily frustrated and overwhelmed.
Due to the constant debris and dust from packing materials and additional dust and dirt kicked up from moving office furniture and equipment, it is best to leave the deep cleaning until your office is empty.
Once the office is empty, you can better understand what cleaning needs to be done and start knocking tasks off your to-do list.
Create a Staging Area for Your Packed Boxes
If logistics allow, move boxes, equipment, and furniture to your new facility right away. If you are short on time between your move-in and move-out date, create a dedicated staging area to store your packed boxes in your office space.
A dedicated area will allow your office to remain organized and streamlined if you have employees still completing business as the move begins.
By dedicating a specific area to your move, you can evaluate and coordinate logistics as you work through packing the office.
Clean From Top to Bottom
As you begin to clean offices and open areas, remember that all of the dust and spiderwebs that get cleaned during the process will eventually find their way to the floor.
Clean and dust ceilings, windows, and high shelving first before sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming so you are not doubling your workload. Make any repairs needed as you go.
Given Special Attention to Windows
Dirty windows can take all the attention away from the hard work you have put into preparing your space. Spend extra time on the windows to clear off all smudges and dust that may have accumulated during your time in the area.
Be sure to pay attention to the window casings and the glass. Using a window cleaner, vacuum, and simple rag can work wonders in leaving your windows looking brand new.
Tackle the Bathrooms and Kitchen Last
While everyone is hard at work packing up and cleaning out the facility, the bathroom and kitchen will most likely still be in use until you’re ready to turn out the lights. These areas tend to be the most used spaces in the office and will need the most attention.
Your landlord will likely pay very close attention to your kitchen and restroom facilities, so make sure you put some effort into addressing the little details in these areas.
Begin in the kitchen by sweeping and wiping down all surface areas, from top to bottom, not forgetting corners, the top of the fridge, knobs, and switches. Give the floor a deep clean by mopping while getting all the corners.
Once you have finished with the kitchen, move to the bathrooms. Scrub down the toilets and sinks, sweep and mop floors, and remove any smudges, water spots, or soap from the mirrors to give this space a final sparkle.
While cleaning a commercial space can be performed by you as the current tenant, many people underestimate the time and energy it takes to prepare a new office, pack, move, and wrap up the cleaning in their former office space.
When moving out of your current space, consider hiring a commercial cleaning company who can take care of the job for you so you can focus and the next stage of your business.
Integrity Janitorial Cleaning Services are experts when it comes to cleaning commercial spaces and can take care of all of the cleaning processes for you so you can make your move as seamless as possible.
Contact us at 404-530-0811 to learn more about these 5 steps when moving out of your office space or schedule your free consultation today. We’re here to help you stay organized, reduce your stress, and save you time and energy.