Hosting a Christmas party at the office can be a fabulous event and can bring many happy memories to your team. Whatever you decide to do for a Christmas get-together, whether it’s a team meal, drinks, and dancing, or something different altogether, one of the problems you’re faced with the following day is the mess left behind from your team.
While there should be a mess after any good party, it’s vital that you don’t leave it for too long and you ensure the office is back to normal as soon as possible afterwards, to make sure that you don’t lose any productive work time because of the mess. In this post, we’ll take a look at things you need to think about when cleaning the office after the Christmas party.
Try to clean as you go
Of course, the primary objective of your work Christmas party is to let your hair down and have a great time with your colleagues, and the last thing you want to focus your energy on is cleaning up after everyone. Having said that, planning your office in advance of your party and setting up designated areas for things like food, drinks, coats, etc., can be a great way of limiting the mess you encounter the day after.
When circulating among your team, try to remember to dispose of cans and litter as you go to prevent it from piling up. You’ll probably find that many of your colleagues will actually copy the example you set and will try to little bit tidy up after themselves as much as possible. Although it sounds like a bit of a hassle at the time, cleaning up after yourself is undoubtedly worth it in the long run and will save you an awful lot of stress when it comes to the clean-up the following day.
Don’t let things lie for too long
Perhaps the worst thing about the office Christmas party is the clean-up the following day. It’s likely that you and your colleagues were a little worse for wear the night before and were understandably a little sloppy when it came to tidying up after yourselves. There’s likely to be empty wine bottles were strewn everywhere, a whole variety of the trash, and perhaps several stains that weren’t on the carpet or walls the day before the Christmas festivities.
While you might get a rush out of seeing your office all disoriented in the short term, it’s essential to get things tidied up and back to normal as soon as possible. Even if the main party was in one particular area, do a quick sweep of the office to different workspaces to check for any outlying beer cans or empty food trays. It’s incredible where people wander to when they’ve had a drink! Be sure to check the toilets, too, as you are likely to find a fair amount of trash in there that you wouldn’t normally expect. The sooner you clear up, the sooner you can get on with your work.
Deal with stains ASAP
This shouldn’t come as a great surprise to you, but if you notice any new stains that have emerged the day after the Christmas party, make sure you deal with them straight away. Wine and beer stains or the dreaded pizza topping stains can be tough to remove from your carpets and walls, but the sooner you get to them, the easier it will be to remove them. Begin by wet soaking the affected area and then invest in some strong carpet cleaner.
While you may not be able to eradicate all stains completely, a shop-bought cleaning solution should at least get the worst of it. If there is a total disaster, and the carpet looks like it might be ruined, it might be worth either renting or buying a purpose-built industrial carpet cleaning machine, which will help you remove the most stubborn stains.
Consider hiring temporary cleaning staff
When you’re putting together the budget for your staff Christmas party, it can be easy to forget to budget for the big tidy up after the event. That means you and your colleagues will have to spend some of your own time, or some of the company’s time, clearing up after yourselves when the party is over. While most cleaners that work in office buildings might not be too happy at having to clean up after a messy party, you might want to consider hiring the services of a temporary cleaning agency to help you in the aftermath of your Christmas party.
Temporary cleaning staff can be super helpful and provide all the equipment necessary for cleaning up after your party. Hiring outsiders to help you can be a great solution if you’ve managed to accumulate stains on your carpets and walls, and it will actually save you from investing in relatively expensive cleaning equipment to make the office look sharp again. In the week leading up to the party, it’s a good idea to call a local cleaning company that works with temporary cleaning staff, to see about their availability on the day after your Christmas party. Your boss, and your hangover, will indeed thank you for the foresight in planning!
Do you need some help to clean up after your Christmas party?
If you need some help to clean up after your Christmas party or whatever event you had, then we would be delighted to assist. At Clear Choice UK, we have a team of professional and dedicated temporary cleaning staff available to support you with your office clean-up after the occasion. We offer everything from a basic clean down of all surfaces, doors, work areas, and toilets, right the way through to carpet cleaning and other deep clean services.
Some businesses actually take the day after the Christmas party as an opportunity to clean areas of the building that don’t usually get a great deal of attention, so we would be delighted to assist you with additional cleaning needs as well. To see how we can help you clean up after your Christmas party, give us a call today on 01132 711432.
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