Is your office really clean?
While most offices regularly empty garbage cans, vacuum carpets, and declutter reception desks, they still miss some hidden spots.
By hidden spots, we mean the ones that people don’t consider cleaning. Since people think those spots do not need any cleaning, germs lurk there as hidden threats.
So don’t make the same mistake and take extra care with these 5 common bacteria breeding spots in your office.
1. Computer Keyboard and Mouse
Did you know that the average office worker spends about 1,700 hours on their computer each year? This means they’re in contact with their keyboard and mouse for nearly 40 hours a week.
Despite that, these devices are still one of the most neglected areas as people rarely remember to clean or disinfect them.
That’s a big mistake. If you think about how often you eat, drink, cough, and sneeze near our desk, you’ll realize how big of a bacteria breeding ground your computer accessories actually are.
In fact, research concludes that the average keyboard has 200 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Yikes!
2. The Fridge
When it comes to a shared office fridge, looks can be deceiving. Even if your fridge is gleaming white inside and out, it could still be breeding germs, bacteria, and viruses in terrifyingly high volumes.
The reason is simple. Most people don’t wash their hands before using the fridge. The germs, bacteria, and viruses on their unwashed hands spread to the surface of the fridge.
The same applies to any other shared area in the office, like the canteen or cupboards.
Just like your keyboard and mouse, your office phone is in constant use throughout the day.
When it’s not cleaned regularly, it can become a breeding spot for dangerous bacteria, especially when multiple people are putting their hands, face, and mouth on the handset daily.
So the importance of keeping the telephone clean is paramount if you want to keep your employees safe and healthy.
4. Door Handles
Did you know that around 60% of men and 40% of women admit to not washing their hands after using the bathroom?
As the germs on their hands transfer to the door handle whenever they use it, the average office door is brimming with all kinds of nasties crawling over it.
Besides keeping the door handles clean, always have antibacterial hand sanitizers in stock and encourage your team to sanitize their hands regularly.
5. Shared Tableware
Let’s be honest. There’s no way to ensure your colleagues are washing the shared mugs, cups, plates, or cutlery after use.
If your office is like most workplaces, you probably don’t have a dishwasher at your disposal. That’s bad news. Even the squeakiest tableware could be unsafe and might just get you some unwanted time off.
Those are just a few of the many hidden bacteria breeding areas in your office. Worse yet, each of those areas requires a unique plan of attack. Sounds like hard work? That’s because it is.
The good news is, you don’t have to tackle it on your own. You’ll be far better off leaving the cleaning to the experts.
At Bluebird Cleaning, our team of professionally trained cleaners is ready to spot and sanitize the most easily overlooked and toughest to clean areas of your office.