The Germiest Places In Your Office
Germs are everywhere in your office! That is why it is so important to perform regular, thorough office cleaning, but there are some areas in your office building that are germier than others. Whether you manage your office cleaning in-house or hire a professional office cleaning company, make sure that these 10 areas get the attention they require.
1) Elevator Buttons
If you have an elevator in your office building, you have one of the germiest places on our list. Imagine how many times these buttons are touched on a daily basis. Make sure that your elevator buttons get a thorough cleaning each day to help combat these bacteria and consider placing hand sanitizers outside the elevator on every floor.
2) Door Handles
Like elevator buttons, door handles get touched many times per day by many people, each leaving their signature on the door handle in the form of germs. Professional office cleaning staff are trained to pay particular attention to door handles. Be sure that whoever is cleaning your office space cleans and disinfects the door handles.
Your desktop is a germ mecca! In fact, the average desktop has 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat! You might want to rethink that eating at your desk habit of yours. With over 20,000 bacteria, viruses, and fungi per square inch, your lunch party is much larger than you might have thought.
Yeah, that’s right. The one thing in your office that you likely touch more than any other. It is also likely the thing that you sneeze on, eat over, and spill things on, and it is one of those items that rarely gets cleaned. A quick wipe down with a microfiber cloth is not going to do the trick on this germ-fest; that keyboard needs to be disinfected daily.
5) The Office Phone
You thought your desktop was germy? Your office telephone is even worse with an estimated 25000 bacteria per square inch! And these are not just finger germs, these are breathe-in-your-face kinds of germs. If others use the phone as well, you should sanitize it several times throughout the day.
6) Other Office Equipment
Copiers, fax machines, printers, etc. are used by multiple people in your office and like keyboards, this equipment rarely gets cleaned. Make sure that your office cleaning company, or in-house staff clean and disinfect your office equipment.
7) Water Coolers
Water coolers are another place where germs gather in your office. People touch, lean on and hang out near these dispensers and when they leave, they leave germs behind. Water bubblers and coolers should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a day paying particular attention to the dispensed trigger or button.
8) Pens and Pencils
Ever see a coworker deep in thought with his pen resting thoughtfully on his lips? Sure you have. Don’t borrow pens from coworkers if you can avoid it. a recent study found that 14 percent of pens tested positive for staphylococcus aureus, or staph.
Your office breakroom is a perfect place for bacteria to thrive. Coffee pots, vending machines, microwaves, sinks, counters and tabletops in these common areas are used by everyone in your office. Believe it or not, some people in your office may not be as hygienic as you think. This is an area to which your office cleaning staff should pay particular attention.
This one is a no-brainer and one that most people believe is the germiest, but as we’ve seen your desktop is a hot contender for that title. Nonetheless, the restroom is a haven for all types of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It is also the one room that nobody wants to clean. Restrooms are quite possibly the number one reason you should hire a professional office cleaning service.
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