How to Clean Your Office Desk

How to Clean Your Office Desk

Welcome to the cleanest desk in town! In this blog, you’ll learn all the tricks and techniques for getting your office desk spick and span. So let’s throw away the coffee stains and miscellaneous papers, and make our desks shine like freshly-polished diamonds!


Gather Your Supplies

One of the most important steps in achieving a clean office desk is to start with the right supplies. Gather everything you need and have it on hand so that you are prepared to clean thoroughly and quickly.

Essentials include:

  • Soft cloths or rags (such as microfiber towels)
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Dust cloths
  • Duster
  • A vacuum cleaner with a small attachment head

Depending on what type of desk you have and other accessories, such as a lamp or phone, adding in more specific cleaning supplies may be necessary. For example, wood desks may require polish while fabric computer chairs will want a fabric cleaner. If you do not have the needed supplies or you have no time to clean your desk, hire a local cleaning team to clean not only your office desk but everyone else’s. This way, you can ensure that your entire office is properly cleaned and well-maintained.

Clear Off the Desk

To begin the cleaning process, it is essential to clear your desk of all objects and discard anything that has no purpose. This can include old notes, pens, pencils, paperwork, and any other items that take up unnecessary space. It is also important to throw away any food products that may have been sitting on your desk for a long time.

After you have cleared your desk of all items and disposed of what you no longer need, you can now begin the deep cleaning process.

Dust the Desk

Dust your desk regularly to keep it looking clean. Use a slightly damp cloth and wipe the surface of your desk, getting into nooks and crannies as much as you can. Make sure to rotate the cloth or use a different one for each section of your desk so that you don’t transfer dirt or dust from one area to another.

Don’t forget to dust any shelves on your desk, too. If dust accumulates in places that are hard to wipe down such as between the crevices of drawers and cubbies, use a vacuum cleaner with an attachment designed for this task.

Wipe Down the Desk With a Cleaning Solution

Before starting the cleaning process, be sure to put on disposable gloves and an approved face mask for extra precaution.

Wipe down the entire desk surface with a clean microfiber cloth or paper towel using a disinfecting solution such as diluted bleach, 70 percent alcohol, or three parts water and one part vinegar. A damp cloth is sufficient for wooden desks and furniture that have been sealed properly with a coat of protective sealant.

When cleaning any plastic furniture, it’s important to avoid using harsh chemical solutions since these can cause discoloration and wear down the protective coating of the plastic over time. Instead, opt for specialized all-in-one plastic cleaners that are designed to reduce staining while sustaining a glossy sheen.

Clean and Organize the Desk Drawers

If you’re going to clean and organize your office desk, the best place to start is with the drawers. After all, most of us keep our items in desk drawers before we put them away.

Start by removing everything from each drawer and either piling it up in your workspace or keeping it organized in separate boxes or reversible bins. Determine what items need to stay in that particular drawer and decide if there are items that no longer serve a purpose – those should be sorted out into a donation pile or simply recycled.

Once you’ve determined what should stay, begin sorting your items into categories to make them easier to find when needed. Use small containers such as dividers, boxes, or trays to house like-items together inside the drawer.

Disinfect the Desk

Disinfecting your desk is an important step in cleaning it and should be done regularly. To do this, start by wiping down the entire surface of your desk with a disinfectant cleaner. This will kill any germs on the surface, as well as remove dust and dirt.

Once you’ve given the entire surface of the desk a good cleaning, be sure to pay attention to all of the hard-to-reach areas like around handles or in crevices.

Next, use a cloth dampened with disinfectant cleaner and wipe down all of your desk’s hardware including knobs, drawer slides, keyboard trays, and drawer locks. Then go over these items again with a clean cloth to ensure that all moisture has been removed before reassembling any moving parts. Store supplies such as staples or paperclips should also be disinfected to keep germs at bay. Finally, finish off by polishing any surfaces that show dust or marks from frequent use.


Completing a desk cleaning can help you feel better and more productive throughout your work day, restart routine cleanings, and make sure you don’t have to worry about clutter. Remembering to clear the desk off daily or even mid-day can make your workspace more organized.

Your office desk may be able to sustain a little chaos, but it’s important not to let it become completely out of control. By creating habits that help with desk organization as well as regular deskside cleanings, you will be able to enjoy clutter-free working environments and concentrate on getting important tasks done more successfully.

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