Clean your Keyboard!
The facts concerning the cleanliness of the office keyboard (and the keyboard at home too) will not be news to most. Statistics vary, but it is clear to see that a keyboard harbours at least five times more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat. The keyboard gets more contact than most other office equipment. Crumbs and splashes from food and drink land on and in between keys, not to mention the spray from coughs and sneezes.
Computer Screen and Mouse.
Important to the user and always in use yet they are still frequently forgotten about. In particular the screen picks up the office dirt and again, your spread of bacteria from sneezes and coughs not caught by a tissue. Likewise, your mouse will become contaminated with whatever bacteria your hands come into contact with. Of course, a regular clean with anti-bac cleaner will ensure that your office computers are cleaned. Maybe, consider keeping a pack of anti-bacterial wipes or a spray and cloth in your desk drawer!
The Desk Telephone
Just as your computer parts promote a spread of bacteria, your desk phone does too, especially if it is being shared. If your desk phone is a shared and one person is sick, you can guarantee the whole office will be sick by the end of the week. Spray from talking on the phone lands on the receiver and on the numbers. Spray from coughing and sneezing may also land on the phone. A regular clean with anti-bac wipes will ensure bacteria levels are kept to a minimum.
The Drying Rack in the Office Kitchen
In general, everyone working in an office will be aware of the need to keep the kitchen clean. It is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria as food and drinks are so easily spilt or dropped throughout the day. The surfaces, sink, and the insides of the refrigerator and microwave will probably get a good wipe down, from time to time, but what about the drying rack? Splashed with dirty water whilst washing up, and regularly wet, grime is allowed to grow typically in the corners at first but then spread. Before you know it you have a drying rack that makes the cutlery more dirty than when it was just sitting there in the bowl. Colleagues may become sick from this bad bacteria and your plates will begin to smell a bit off.
Last but not least, don’t let cleaning handles and stair rails slip your mind. Unsurprisingly, handles have heavy interaction with bacteria throughout the working hours. There are the handles to the main doorways that you may be more aware of, but what about the more obscure ones like the handles to the refrigerator and microwave, the kettle and stationary cupboard? It seems like cleaning the office is a mighty task. However, by planning and delegating cleaning days around colleagues, the office can become a bacteria-free haven, resulting in less sick days and more motivated employees.
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