Every time you think about cleaning out all the file cabinets in your office, you might assume that you just need to sort through paperwork and throw away things you no longer need. While it is good to de-clutter and organize things to stay on top of the most important work documents and files, it is also a great idea to scrub away grime and dirt that already collected there.
Below is a quick rundown of the things you need to do to make sure that the file cabinets in your office look new and shiny all over again with everything in them tidy and well-organized.
Remove the Contents of the File Cabinets First
You will never be able to clean your office file cabinet drawers if your stuff is still inside them. However, there is also the risk that you will ruin all your hard organization work when you just take out everything and don’t put them back in properly. It is where it can come in handy to have some bankers boxes ready. Prepare several bankers boxers to help organize files by drawer in the order you find them in.
Give Those File Cabinet Drawers a Good Vacuuming
Vacuuming the file cabinet drawers can help get rid of most of the debris to make it easier and faster to clean them later. If there is no handheld vacuum in your office, you might consider investing in one.
A small handheld vacuum is a lightweight option with several attachment options perfect to clean not only file cabinet drawers but also desk chairs and spilled crumbs. A vacuum’s attachment hose can also work well for the inner part of those drawers.
Dust Those Hard to Reach Areas
If the vacuum doesn’t come with small enough attachments for reaching the corners of drawers, you can use some dust wipes to reach them. It will be easier to pick up pieces of hair and debris before you scrub them with warm water and soap.
Use Steel Wool to Get Rid of Dust
Rust has the tendency to form on different metal surfaces such as file cabinets after some time. It is completely normal but can also be very unpleasant, not to mention that they present health hazards when you rub them into the eyes or inhale them. A very fine steel wool pad can eliminate rust spots in an effective and gentle way. Avoid scrubbing too hard or you might end up damaging the metal surface itself together with the rust.
Wipe with Damp Sponge or Cloth
You can soak a damp sponge or cloth in some soapy and warm water so you can get down to cleaning. Any dish soap in the office kitchen can be used. However, for filing cabinets, it is recommended to use an unscented degreasing soap.
Your file cabinets are important parts of your office. With the help of the commercial cleaning team at Courtesy Building Services Inc, you can be sure that all nooks and corners of your office will be clean and tidy all the time.