In a single workday, both you and your coworkers touch a lot of surfaces: the doorknobs, your desk, keyboard, coffee maker handles, the office phone and a lot more. Normally, before doing these mundane acts, you even don’t think twice, but the truth is, most of the items in your workplace contain more bacteria and germs than a kitchen cutting board or even a toilet seat. And it is safe to say that we, as humans, are the ones responsible for the spread of germs and bacteria in our work stations, and it’s why it is important to sanitize the office on a regular basis to prevent the germs from spreading further.
Personal hygiene and grooming – let’s face it – not everyone excels at maintaining themselves well-groomed. And get this, according to a recent study, only 5 percent of people actually sanitize their hands properly after visiting the bathroom. Also, a good number of people like snacking while on their desks, where they drop all the crumbs on their desktop keyboards. Now, these habits may seem like nothing, but in reality, they enable the germs to spread in the workplace. What’s more, unwashed hands largely contribute to the spread of germs and bacteria, which in turn leads to the outbreak of illnesses. This reiterates the importance of thorough and regular cleaning of the work environment. The following are the dirt hotspots you should focus more on when cleaning;
- Kitchen sink – the truth is, a shared is sink might be the dirtiest surface in the entire office. As everyone is using it, the number of bacteria that thrive in it is extremely high, and that’s why it should be regularly sanitized on a weekly basis.
- Copier start button – this is the other point that secretly harbors all kinds of bacteria. It is estimated to have close to 1.2 billion colony forming units (CFU), whereas the toilet seat has only 3200 CFU.
- Coffee pot handle – if you are looking for another bacteria hotspot, then the handle in the coffee maker should be on your list. The handle harbors a lot of bacteria responsible for a number of infections.
So, other than these spots; the carpets, glass surfaces, as well as the furniture upholstery, are the other surfaces where bacteria and germs thrive. Therefore, needless to say, that regular cleaning is key to ensuring the safety and health of your employees. Fortunately, you can leave this job to the professionals.