While keeping your office looking great will impress clients and visitors, ensuring that your workplace is germ-free will ensure your workforce stay healthy.
A dirty and untidy office makes employees feel less motivated and productive. Although your workplace may look sparkling clean on the surface, germs can hide anywhere.
But where exactly do germs hide in your office?
Your first thought maybe the bathroom and kitchen, but there are many other secret locations where bacteria like to chill.
It’s these lesser-known hotspots which are especially dangerous. These locations are frequently used but infrequently cleaning by many other cleaning companies.
Here, we look at the top 5 hotspots for germs a typical office environment so you can keep your workplace as clean and healthy as possible.
Doors Handles and Stair Banisters
Door handles and stair bannisters usually have a surprising number of bacteria because of the number of people touching them daily.
In particular, the door handles and railings on the route to and from the toilet tend to have the most germs. Bear in mind that a recent survey found a quarter of people don’t wash their hands when they go to the bathroom!
If your cleaning company isn’t paying daily attention to your door handles and railings, contact them to change the cleaning schedule to include disinfecting them daily – especially if your office space welcomes a large volume of people regularly.
People bringing lunch to work in an attempt to stay healthy or save money is a great idea. Unfortunately, a lot of that food ends up sitting in the fridge for days on end, going mouldy. Old and rotten food in your Fride will lead to the office fridge becoming a haven for bacteria.
Again, it would be a good idea to contact you cleaning contractors to amend the cleaning schedule to include throwing out old and mouldy food.
People often eat and drink at their workstation or do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom, sneeze, cough etc. which harbours bacteria and can make them ill and take time off work.
Computer keyboards have more bacteria than the average toilet seat, and for people working on hotdesks, the number of bacteria is even higher!
Printers and Photocopiers
You won’t be surprised to know that another hotspot on our list is another item we touch regularly but tend not to be cleaned frequently.
Printers and photocopiers see a lot of use during an average day, and lots of people use them. It’s no wonder that their buttons are riddled with germs.
Just think of all the different people who touch those buttons every single day. Cleaning these surfaces is essential, but your cleaning company may not feel confident in cleaning technology items. To solve the issue, keep some wet wipes next to each machine and give the buttons a daily wipe down yourself or ask you cleaning contract to include this in the schedule.
Bacteria on the phone can easily reach our mouths, eyes and noses, as hands are a significant transport for bacteria in everyday life.
If you think about it, when the phone rings, we grab it without hesitation. We may be halfway through licking our fingers, or we may have just arrived after travelling on public transport, or we may have just sneezed. After we’ve answered the phone, we seldom think about washing our hands either.
Again, anything we touch daily in the office needs to be included as a daily item on your cleaning schedule.