It’s no secret that germs are everywhere. Unfortunately, your office is no exception. In fact, the average office has many germ-ridden spots! In this post, we’ll outline the seven most common places for germs to hide in your office and provide tips on how to get them (and yourself) disinfected!
1. Coffee Makers
Coffee makers are a hot spot for germs. Since it’s used by many people and often stays wet for long periods of time, mold and bacteria can thrive in the filter holder and carafe. To disinfect your coffee maker, fill the carafe with equal parts white vinegar and water, then run it through as if you were making a pot of coffee. Let it sit for an hour or two before rinsing thoroughly with clean water.
Your desk phone is another breeding ground for bacteria since much of its surface area comes into contact with your hands every day. Wipe down your phone once a week at the very minimum (more often if it’s visibly dirty) with an antibacterial wipe. Don’t forget to get the earpiece, buttons and mouthpiece too!
Everyone touches keyboards, so they can be a hotbed of germs. To disinfect your keyboard, shut down your computer and unplug it from the wall outlet. Use an antibacterial wipe to clean off any dirt and debris, then use compressed air (or a vacuum) to remove dust, crumbs and other particles that may be trapped underneath the keys.
Your mouse is just as likely to harbor germs as your keyboard is. Unplug it from the computer USB outlet before wiping it down with an antibacterial cloth or cleaning solution designed for electronics. Make sure you clean in between all crevices and buttons, as these are often the dirtiest spots.
A kitchen is a perfect place for germs to spread because of all the food that is handled there. To keep your office kitchen germ-free, make sure you clean it regularly with an antibacterial cleaning solution or wipes. Don’t forget to wipe down surfaces after preparing or eating food, and always use separate cutting boards or utensils.
Your desk can be home to thousands of germs if not cleaned properly! Use an antibacterial cleaner at least once a week to get rid of any dirt or grime that may have built up on your workspace. Make sure to pay special attention to areas like the phone, keyboard, and mouse.
The bathroom is one of the germiest places in your office, so it’s important to keep it clean. Have a designated person responsible for wiping down surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner twice a day. This should include toilet seats, sinks, counters, and handles on doors and cabinets. If possible, have paper towels instead of cloth towels so that each person can use their own towel each time they wash their hands.
Keeping these seven germ-ridden spots clean will help keep you and your coworkers healthier in the office! Make sure to take extra precautions during cold or flu season to prevent any germs from spreading throughout the workspace. You could consider hiring professional cleaners to make the job easier!