Like most businesses, you probably hire someone to clean your office at least one time a week, if not more. However, there are certain surfaces that get touched more than others and, as a result, need to be attended to more frequently to minimize bacteria and other germs from lingering. The following are the seven most contaminated surfaces in offices worldwide. Guess what? The toilet seat is not one of them.
Your office probably has several keyboards– and they get used for hours every single day. Think about everything that you touch while working and then consider how often you touch your keyboard. When’s the last time you cleaned it? If we’re being honest, I couldn’t tell you the last time mine have been wiped down.
Everything we touch while working will inevitably end up on your keyboard including food debris, germs, bacteria, and much more. This is why it is important that we take the time to clean and disinfect our desk and keyboards. It is an easy task that you or your employees can take the time to do daily in addition to your routine office cleanings.
Our phones will not only receive a transfer of germs from our hands, but also our faces and mouth as we talk on them. Be sure to clean all surfaces of your desktop phone, not just the exterior. The same applies to any cell phones. Routinely wiping and disinfecting your phones will help reduce the spread of bacteria and other germs throughout the office.
#3. Door Handles
Have you ever thought about how many door handles you and your team touch throughout the course of a day? You touch the door to the building (or perhaps doors), the restroom door, the stall door, the refrigerator door, the stove door, doors on company cars, and more. The commercial cleaning company you hire should prioritize cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting door handles in your office, as well as other frequently touched surfaces. Part of keeping our businesses successful relies on providing our employees with a clean and healthy work environment.
#4. Light Switches
Another surface many people in the office touch daily are the light switches. When we think about how many of our co-workers touch these, we can only begin to imagine the number of germs and bacteria that are left behind. With that in mind, it is important to ensure that office light switches are disinfected regularly in an effort to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
#5. Printers, Fax Machines, And Other Shared Equipment
Working in an office often means there is plenty of equipment that gets shared to reduce costs. Printers, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, and multifunctional printers are used each day by multiple people in office settings. Considering how expensive these machines are and how small their surfaces are, they often get overlooked during routine cleanings.
Talk to your commercial cleaning company to make sure that they focus on keeping all frequently touched areas clean in your office, regardless of their size.
#6. Sinks, Faucets, & Counters
Many employees take advantage of the on-site kitchen or breakroom area at least once a day. Any surfaces that have come in contact with food must be sanitized to avoid cross-contamination. At First Green Commercial Cleaning & Landscaping, we have an effective system to ensure that we do not spread germs and bacteria from one surface to another.
#7. Coffee Makers, Kettles, & Keurigs
We discussed how dirty the handles on the microwave and refrigerator can be, but we forgot to mention another highly contaminated kitchen surface– the coffee makers, kettles, and Keurigs. Many people start their day with coffee and other beverages that use the same machine, and they continue to get used more during working hours.
Ask your commercial cleaning company questions regarding their attention to detail and small kitchen surfaces. Knowing how effectively they are cleaning will help you avoid cross-contamination.
The Right Commercial Cleaning Company Will…
- Make sure that all heavily contaminated surfaces in your office are disinfected and sanitized.
- Discuss with you their cleaning methods and products they use.
- Create a schedule that works for you.
- Listen when you let them know which areas are of utmost importance.
- Offer advice and a plan that best suits the needs of your office.
At First Green Commercial Cleaning & Landscaping, we offer experience you can count on and pride ourselves in paying extra close attention to detail on even the smallest surfaces in your space. We understand the importance of a clean work environment. Want more information on our commercial cleaning and disinfecting services? Reach out to our team today! We would be happy to answer any questions and get you on our books.
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