YOUR OFFICE AND HOW TO KEEP IT CLEAN
Even though your office is a hub of activity, it’s also a great place for germs to grow. A big part of our lives is spent at work, where we share spaces with coworkers and, sadly, germs. We’ve made a list of the 10 germiest places in your office and given you tips on how to keep them clean to help you stay healthy and keep your desk clean. Then let’s dive into the world of office cleaning and learn how to protect yourself from these sneaky bosses.
- The Office Desk
Your desk is one of the germiest places in the office, even though it feels like home to you. When you use your desk all the time, bacteria from your hands, food, and the odd sneeze build up on it. In order to keep it clean:
- Wipe down your desk daily with disinfectant wipes.
- Avoid eating at your desk to reduce food-related contamination.
- Encourage your coworkers to do the same.
- Computer Keyboards
Even though your computer is very useful, it’s also a breeding ground for germs. The gaps between the keys are often a good place for bacteria to grow. Clean it up:
- Shake out crumbs and debris regularly.
- Use compressed air to remove trapped dust and dirt.
- Clean the keys with disinfectant wipes or a specialized electronic cleaner.
- Computer Mouse
Your mouse is touched countless times each day, and it rarely gets cleaned. To prevent it from becoming a germ hotspot:
- Wipe it down with a disinfectant regularly.
- Consider using a mouse cover that is easy to clean.
- Shared Office Equipment
Copier, printers, and other office supplies that are shared can hold germs from different users. Every time you use something, make it a habit to clean the buttons and surfaces.
Because they are handled so often, office phones are a popular place for bacteria to grow. Every day, wipe down the speaker and buttons on your phone to keep germs away.
- Elevator Buttons and Handrails
People often forget to use the office lift, but every day a lot of people do. To press the elevator keys, you can use your knuckles or a tissue. After each use, wash your hands. Handrails should always be cleaned.
- Restroom Doorknobs
There are a lot of germs in public restrooms, but the doorknob can be especially germy. After washing your hands, open the door with a paper towel or, if you can, a hands-free method.
- Kitchen Area
People prepare food in the office kitchen a lot, but it’s also a great place for germs to spread. Keep the cooking area clean by:
- Washing dishes, utensils, and kitchen surfaces thoroughly.
- Disinfecting the refrigerator and microwave handles.
- Regularly cleaning out the coffee machine.
- Meeting Rooms
Meeting rooms are places where a lot of people work together, and many of the surfaces can get germy. Clean the AV devices, tables, and chairs before and after each meeting.
- Water Cooler
The water cooler is a place where people can meet and talk, but it could also be a source of germs. Tell your workers to bring their own cups or bottles so they don’t have to touch the cooler’s spigot directly. The spigot and drip tray should be cleaned often.
In conclusion, there may be a lot of germs in your office, but you can fight them off by being aware of them and cleaning regularly. Keep your office clean to make it healthier for everyone and to stop the spread of illness among your coworkers. If you follow the tips given, your office will be cleaner, healthier, and more productive in no time. Do not forget that a small amount of protection can help keep germs away and make the workplace healthier and more productive.