Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Hospital or Medical Office

Did you know that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect an estimated 1 in 31 hospital patients annually in the United States? Doctor’s offices and medical facilities can also be breeding grounds for common illnesses and infections since patients visit their healthcare providers when they’re under the weather. That’s why keeping a clean and sanitary environment in healthcare facilities is crucial. Just as you would prioritize cleaning your living space, creating a detailed spring cleaning checklist is essential to ensure that every area of your medical facility is properly sanitized and organized.

Here are specific tasks you should accomplish in each space of your hospital or medical office:

Reception Areas and Waiting Rooms

  • Disinfect and wipe down all surfaces from reception desks to chairs, tables, and countertops.
  • Clean and sanitize waiting room seating areas, including armrests and cushions.
  • Dust and clean window sills, blinds, and decor.
  • Remove clutter like old magazines or brochures with expired information and replace them with fresh reading materials.
  • Vacuum and mop floors, focusing on high-traffic areas.

Patient Examination Rooms

  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces, including exam tables, chairs, and medical equipment.
  • Wipe down sink fixtures, countertops, and cabinets with medical-grade disinfectant.
  • Replace disposable items like exam table paper and trash liners.
  • Organize medical supplies and make sure they are correctly labeled and stored.
  • Inspect and clean medical equipment, including stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and otoscopes.

Laboratories and Testing Areas

  • Disinfect laboratory countertops, equipment, and workstations.
  • Clean and sanitize microscope lenses, centrifuges, and other laboratory equipment.
  • Dispose of expired reagents, chemicals, and samples according to safety guidelines.
  • Organize specimen storage areas and ensure there are materials for proper labeling and segregation of samples.
  • Clean and sanitize laboratory sinks, drains, and storage cabinets.

Staff Areas and Offices

  • Clean and disinfect desks, chairs, keyboards, door handles, and computer equipment.
  • Organize paperwork, files, and office supplies, and discard unnecessary items.
  • Dust and clean bookshelves, cabinets, and other office furniture.
  • Empty and sanitize all trash bins and recycling containers.
  • Vacuum or mop floors with a focus on corners and under furniture.


  • Clean and disinfect restroom fixtures, including toilets, sinks, faucets, and handrails.
  • Replenish toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towel supplies.
  • Clean and sanitize mirrors, countertops, and trash receptacles.
  • Mop floors with disinfectant cleaner — don’t forget to scrub the grout lines and corners.
  • Replace air fresheners or install odor-control systems if necessary.

Common Areas and Hallways

  • Sweep and mop floors, paying attention to baseboards and corners.
  • Dust and clean handrails, door handles, and light switches.
  • Wipe down walls and remove any scuff marks or stains.
  • Inspect and replace burnt-out light bulbs and ensure proper lighting in all areas.
  • Clean all of the windows and glass doors inside and out.

Storage Areas and Supply Closets

  • Organize and declutter storage areas and get rid of expired or unused items.
  • Label shelves and containers for easy identification of supplies.
  • Wipe down shelving units, storage bins, and racks with disinfectant cleaner.
  • Inspect and restock first aid kits, emergency supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Ensure proper ventilation and airflow in storage areas to prevent moisture buildup and mold growth.

Safety and Compliance Checks

  • Inspect fire extinguishers, emergency exits, and evacuation routes for accessibility and functionality.
  • Test any smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety systems to ensure they’re still working.
  • Conduct a thorough review of infection control protocols and sanitation procedures.
  • Schedule maintenance and repairs for any equipment or facilities in need of attention.
  • Hang any updated signage and information patients and staff should be privy to.
  • Document cleaning activities and update cleaning schedules or protocols as needed.

Hospitals and medical offices are held to the highest cleanliness, hygiene, and safety standards. By following this spring cleaning checklist, your healthcare facility can ensure a safe, sanitary, and welcoming environment for patients, staff, and visitors. 
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