We all spend the majority of our week behind a desk in an office and many of us do not know just how dirty an office can be. Here are 5 places in the office that germs love.
Keyboard and Mouse
When was the last time you or someone in the office cleaned your mouse and keyboard? Research shows that people rarely clean their keyboard or mouse and as a result these electronics become a haven for germs. Once a day wipe down of your keyboard and mouse with a disinfectant, this will help reduce the risk of germs.
Your office desk may look clean but the average desk has been found to be more than 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat. To help keep your desk free from dirt and germs make sure you or your office cleaning company wipe it down frequently with a disinfectant spray cleaner and a cloth.
Office Multifunction Printer
Most of us have a multifunction printer (copier) that you share with your colleagues to do your printing, scanning and copying. The problem with sharing this is that just one push of a button can leave behind bacteria and germs. Multiply this by countless copies during the day and you have a very dirty printer. A quick wipe down of the buttons with disinfectant will eliminate dirt, germs and bacteria.
In this day and age most offices are moving to a more digital environment, but for those of you that still use files for documents, you might be surprised to learn that they will be harbouring dust mites and bacteria. It is recommended that you wash your hands after you have handled any filling.
According to a recent study by a University the average office phone has over 25 000 germs per square inch. So frequent wiping of your phone with a disinfectant wipe is is essential to stop the spread of germs. If you share a phone, look to invest in a head set.
Dirt, germs and bacteria are hidden everywhere in the work environment, but keeping these five germ havens clean will go a long way to keep your office environment neat and germ free and prevent your staff from getting sick.