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Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Office Housekeeping - Unilever Professional India

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Office Housekeeping

SOPs are an effective resource in office housekeeping.

These guidelines form the backbone of an efficient, high-quality cleaning service. Clear Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) ensure that every corner of an office is maintained to the same high standard, supporting a productive, hygienic office environment. 

Types of SOPs in Office Housekeeping

In professional office housekeeping, SOPs streamline our work, maintaining a consistent standard of cleanliness and safety. Let's delve into the different types of SOPs that are critical to an effective office cleaning regimen.

Cleaning Equipment SOPs: These SOPs ensure the correct and safe use of cleaning equipment, such as vacuums, mops, and power washers. They promote equipment longevity through operation, cleaning and storage guidelines, as well as protecting staff from mishaps. 

Cleaning Checklists: An essential part of any SOP, cleaning checklists offer a detailed outline of all tasks to be performed during a cleaning service. They often include frequency (cleaning schedules), designated areas, and the cleaning materials required, ensuring a systematic and thorough cleaning process.

Waste Management SOPs: Effective waste management is crucial to office cleanliness. SOPs in this area include guidelines for waste collection, separation, disposal, and recycling, promoting environmental sustainability alongside cleanliness.

Hygiene and Sanitation SOPs: These SOPs provide instructions for cleaning and sanitising office spaces, focusing particularly on high-touch areas to prevent the spread of germs. They detail the specific cleaning solutions and techniques to be used.

Close Down Lists: Usually employed at the end of the day, these lists ensure all tasks are completed, equipment is stored safely, and the office is secure. Close down lists may also include restocking supplies to prepare for the next day's operation.

Stock Management SOPs: Stock management SOPs guide staff on inventory checks, restocking, and proper storage, preventing shortages and ensuring supplies are easily accessible.

Health and Safety SOPs: These are essential for protecting cleaning staff and office occupants. They provide guidelines on using personal protective equipment, handling hazardous cleaning substances, and actions to be taken in case of accidents or emergencies.

Example Office Housekeeping SOP

Desk Cleaning and Sanitising

Objective: To ensure all office desks are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised, reducing the spread of germs and contributing to a pleasant and productive work environment.

Frequency: Desk cleaning and sanitising should be done daily at the end of the workday. High-touch areas such as keyboards and mice may require more frequent cleaning.

Equipment/Materials Needed:


Preparation: Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands. Bring all the necessary cleaning equipment and materials to the cleaning area.

  1. Remove any loose trash items from the desk surface, disposing of them properly in the trash bag.
  2. Use a dry microfiber cloth to dust the desk surface, including the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other office equipment. This removes any loose dirt or dust particles.
  3. Spray the multi-surface cleaner on a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the entire desk surface. Pay special attention to high-touch areas like the keyboard, mouse, and telephone. Avoid spraying cleaner directly onto electronic equipment.
  4. After cleaning, apply a disinfectant to the desk surface using a disinfectant spray or wipes. Remember to use a product that is safe for office equipment. Leave the disinfectant on the surface for the time specified on the product label to ensure germs are killed.*
  5. If necessary, wipe the desk dry with a clean cloth Remove gloves and dispose of them in the trash bag. Check the area for any cleaning supplies or trash and remove them from the desk area.

Safety Precautions:

  • Always wear rubber gloves while cleaning and sanitising to protect your skin from cleaning chemicals.
  • Avoid spraying cleaning agents directly onto electronic equipment to prevent damage.

*Note: Some multi-surface cleaners have disinfectant properties. In these cases, skip step 4. Always make sure to read the label.

The Importance of SOPs in Office Housekeeping

Standard Operating Procedures in office housekeeping enable a professional, efficient service, ensuring optimal outcomes for the cleaning team and the office environment. These are the top reasons why SOPs are so critical for effective office cleaning:

Enhancing Productivity and Efficiency

SOPs provide a clear and systematic process for each task, eliminating guesswork and ambiguity. This structured approach saves time, improves speed, and enhances the overall productivity and efficiency of the cleaning process.

Ensuring Consistency in Cleaning Practices

Consistency is key in maintaining a clean, inviting office environment. SOPs ensure that all tasks are performed to the same high standard, regardless of who is carrying out the work. This uniformity creates a consistently clean office, fostering a pleasant and productive work environment.

Maintaining Health and Safety Standards

SOPs are critical in upholding health and safety in the office. They guide staff on safely handling cleaning equipment and chemicals, properly using personal protective equipment, and reacting in emergencies. Following these guidelines greatly reduce the risk of accidents or injuries.


SOPs are excellent training tools for new staff, offering clear instructions on how to perform tasks. They also serve as a helpful refresher for existing staff, ensuring everyone is up-to-date on the best practices and procedures.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

SOPs are designed to comply with local laws and regulations concerning waste disposal, use of cleaning chemicals, and occupational health and safety. Following these SOPs ensures that cleaning practices meet the required standards and avoid legal complications.

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