Because of constant use by employees, the office can become a hotspot for germs. The worst part is, you often can’t identify where. Many offices employ someone to clean after hours, but the technique used may not make much improvement. Wiping over office equipment with a wet cloth without disinfectant does not kill bacteria and can often cause them to spread. If your workplace doesn’t contract a regular office cleaning service, you could risk spreading disease around the office and increase the sick days of your staff. Here are some of the most common spots in the office where germs can thrive.
Contrary to popular belief, the office kitchen and bathroom are not the dirtiest places in the office. According to a study, the average desk is about 100 times less hygienic than an ordinary kitchen table and around 400 times dirtier than an average toilet seat.
The items on your desk, like a mug, snack crumbs or your cellphone, can also be a hotspot for bacteria and viruses. The computer keyboard is home to roughly 16 million microbes. So, if someone sneezes into their hands and then types away, the next person to use the keyboard will pick up any virus––workers are particularly susceptible if your company operates on a seat-sharing system.
Door handles and office equipment
Door handles and office equipment are perhaps among the most touched objects in the office. Germs stick on your hands whenever you operate the photocopier, fax machine or open a door.
Refrigerator and pantry sink
The office fridge is a haven for bacteria and mold, especially if the stored food is past its expiration date. You can also spread bacteria by handling raw food and then touching the fridge door handle, so the next user picks up the germs when opening the door.
The office’s kitchen sink also hosts bacteria and germs. Food that is disposed of down the sink creates an attractive breeding ground for bacteria. The faucet handle usually has the most bacteria simply because everyone touches it. The kitchen sponge, which is used by many employees is also a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. It is wet and absorbent, which increases the chance of spreading germs to other plates, cups and cutlery when wiped.
A corporate responsibility
The company’s management also knows that keeping the office germfree boosts employee productivity by contributing to a safe and happy working environment. However, hygiene and cleanliness are not solely tasks for corporate management, but a responsibility for all. Cleaning your desk reduces the chances of it becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, and respecting office property can help to keep it clean and functional.
Mya Cleaning Services goes beyond cleaning your office space. We are committed to improving your office working environment by making working conditions spotless and hygienic. Our professional house cleaners in Los Angeles don’t just do the usual sweeping, dusting and vacuuming. We disinfect doorknobs, sanitize sink and countertops and disinfect restrooms. We also offer cleaning services for disinfecting the refrigerator and cleaning blinds and curtains.
Schedule a cleaning session with us today. Let us make your office spotless and germ-free.