The Top Office Germ Hot Spots

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With the average employee spending around 40 hours a week in the office, maintaining a clean and tidy working environment is essential for both their well-being, and productivity.

To the naked eye, your workplace may look clean, but germs, dirt and bacteria can hide anywhere. While keeping your office looking good will undoubtedly impress clients and visitors, by making sure that your workplace is actually germ free will ensure your workforce stay healthy.

 

Desk

 

This includes everything on the desk too… Phones, pens, the mouse and the stapler are all some of the most commonly touched and shared items in the office and therefore, a magnet for germs and bacteria.

A typical desk can harbour up to 10 million bacteria (that’s 400 times more than the average toilet seat). This is because people are using them all day, possible coughing and sneezing on them, touching them, and more than likely eating at them.

You should wipe down your desk daily with an antibacterial solution to remove anything that has built up over the day.

 

Fridge

 

Home to mouldy fruit, furry sandwiches and abandoned lunchboxes; the office fridge is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and should be cleared out and wiped down every two days.

 

Mugs

 

They may seem safe to share, especially once they've been washed and dried, but how do we know they have been cleaned sufficiently?

Mugs are a major breeding ground for germs, bacteria and mould, and if there’s no dishwasher in the office, then it’s highly likely your staff aren’t getting rid of the germs when washing them by hand. Therefore, sharing mugs between a large number of people, increases the possibility of viruses being transmitted.

The best solution is to invest in a dishwasher, but if this can’t be achieved, keep to the same mug!

 

Door handles

 

Door handles are one of the most frequently touched places in the office and a main spreader of nasty germs. They should always be an everyday task for your office cleaning provider.

 

Printers

 

People rarely think to clean communal office equipment such as printers and photocopiers. Think of how many people have touched the buttons on these devices each day - this is where germs can hide and thrive.

Keep a back of antibacterial wipes close to each device so people can use them as they please.

If you’d like to discuss how we can help keep your workplace free from germs, Get in touch with one of our friendly and professional team today.