Dirty Facts About The Office!
Keeping The Office Kitchen Sink Clean
Most offices have a kitchen area for the use of the employees. It is obvious that this is just as important to keep clean as every other part of the office, yet this can be ignored.
In reality, though you might be surprised at how important it is to stay ahead of this part of the office cleaning routine.
According to research, the kitchen sink, in particular, can have more germs present in it than the average toilet.
Offices that have a regular cleaning team coming in to make sure their premises are perfectly clean and tidy should make sure their kitchen space is included in the regular cleaning routine.
Clean or Sanitised? What is the difference?
Many people assume cleaning is the same thing as sanitising. However, when you are choosing a cleaning company it is vital to make sure you choose one that does understand the difference.
There can be thousands of germs spread over commonly-used areas of an office desk, for example.
Once you add up the germs that are likely to be present on the desk, keyboard, mouse, and telephone, you can be well into hundreds of millions of germs.
Simply dusting over these items to make them look smart and clean does not ensure you kill the germs that are invisible to the naked eye.
In order to make sure business owners can reduce sickness and ill health in the office, it is imperative that a proper cleaning service is provided.
This will ensure all the surfaces are sanitised instead of simply cleaned.
This means the cleaning contractor must use the right products to both kill germs and leave surfaces pristine.
Does Bacteria Multiply in an Office Environment?
We all know the importance of regular office cleaning. However, you might be surprised at how quickly bacteria can multiply when they are given the chance to do so.
More than 10 million bacteria are on a typical office desk — 400 times more bacteria than found on the average toilet seat — which means that typing an email or making a call puts you at risk for illnesses.
Just imagine the number of bacteria that could be present after a week if it is left uncleaned..
This gives a lot of credence to the idea of having office spaces cleaned on a daily basis,
It is a worrying fact that even before Covid the stats were as such:
1 to 6: Number of workdays per year missed due to illness.
92%: Phones contaminated with bacteria such as staphylococci and E. coli.
If an office is left uncleaned, you can see that the bacteria will spread at an alarming rate!
Office Telephones? Laptops?
Research shows that the average workers’ phones published in the Journal of Microbiology found that 46 percent of participants had six different types of bacterial growth on their phones. Acinetobacter baumannii, a major source of infection in hospitals and antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus were among the most common germs discovered.
The dirtiest place within the whole office has been shown to be the keyboard, on a laptop or office computer!
We will never be able to get rid of every germ on every phone, laptop or keyboard, every minute of the day, but we can do a lot to get the numbers down.
How Long Can Germs Live on Office Surfaces?
Take a look around the average office space and you would assume the desks are clean. This would be particularly true if they were kept tidy on a daily basis.
With Covid being ongoing news, with differing variants, staff needs to be assured of safety.
We can pick up Covid-19 by touching surfaces contaminated with the new coronavirus, but it is now becoming clear just how long the virus can survive outside the human body in the air, on objects, and on fabrics.
How clean are your office desks, even when they look good to the naked eye?
The Devil is in the Small Details!
Having a keen eye for detail is a good skill for any cleaner to have. This applies in any environment, not just where cleaning offices is concerned.
By focusing on the details, a thorough deep-clean can be achieved that includes all those areas often missed by inexperienced cleaners. It also makes the regular cleaning tasks so much easier to do, since dirt doesn’t have a chance to build up.
If you think that your office cleaning needs to be improved please contact our team today!