Most offices don’t have a professional cleaning crew come in every night—which means you (and your staff) will want to do their best to clean and sterilize in between appointments. If you’re curious about which things in your office are the germiest (i.e. which things you’ll want to clean on the regular), below are the top 3 things in your office that should be wiped down frequently.
Although most people assume that door handles and bathroom faucets have the most germs, you’d be surprised how germy that computer keyboards can get. For example, how many of your employees eat at their desks? How many of them keep boxes of tissues on their desks? Considering peoples’ hand spend a significant amount of time attached to their keyboards, nearly all the germs they touch, are likely wind up on their computer (and computer mouse.)
If you don’t believe us, consider this 2018 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, which evaluated the cleanliness of 25 sample keyboards. Of those samples, 96% were found to be contaminated with a variety of microorganisms, including E. coli.
Suffice to say, if your staff isn’t disinfecting their keyboards, they should consider it.
The kitchen sponges
Sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria- and if your staff is using them to clean more than dishes (i.e., they’re using the sink sponge to wipe up spills from the counter), your sponge is likely to be germier than not. Instead of opting for a sponge, consider buying a dishwashing wand. Many wands have a course brush head, and since the brush bristles aren’t as porous as a sponge, wands are less likely to host bacteria.
The refrigerator and coffee pot handles
Anything that’s touched frequently is likely to have germs—and considering the frequency in which the refrigerator handle—and the coffee pot—are touched by multiple people, you’ll want to make sure they’re being wiped down regularly. One of the best ways to encourage your staff to do this, is to leave a bottle of cleaning solution (and clean towels or a roll of paper towels) in the kitchen. You can also install a touch-free hand sanitizer dispenser and encourage your staff to sanitize their hands before they enter the kitchen.
If you’d like more information about how TJS Janitorial & Floor Care can help sanitize and disinfect your office, call us today to speak with a local customer care agent.