Which is cleaner, your work desk, or the bathroom in your workplace?
It may come as a surprise, but your office desk contains a whopping 400 times more bacteria and harmful germs compared to the toilet seat in your bathroom. And while we are not asking you to take your work station into the office bathroom, we will suggest cleaning your cubicle now.
Ahead, we have rounded up the three grossest spots in your office that you may have never paid attention to—until now.
Your Cell Phone or Desk Phone
Whether the desk phone in your office is for all the employees or your personal use, it’s home to millions of germs. According to research, the receiver, dial buttons, and the phone handle may have over 25,000 bacteria per one inch!
And throwing away your desk phone won’t fix the problem—your cell phone holds 10 times more germs than a toilet seat. So, the next time you go to the toilet, make sure you leave your cell phone outside.
To clean your cell phone or office desk phone, wipe it with a soft cloth using an anti-abrasive, alcohol solution. Don’t use antibacterial wipes as they can potentially damage your cell phone’s screen.
Water Fountains or Bacterial Fountains?
Want to know what’s worse than your cell-phone?
The drinking water fountain in your office!
This may sound counterintuitive, but there are almost 2.7 million bacteria—per square inch—lurking just on the faucet. Take a water bottle to the office for your personal use, and fill it from the water dispenser—especially when the weather gets colder and everyone is at a higher risk of catching a cold. Also, remember to thoroughly wash your water bottle every day before refilling it, to minimize the risk of bacteria.
An Extra Topping of Pathogens
You can’t see it while enjoying your meal, but dining and break room surfaces are gross. Dining areas are the most frequently used spaces during breakfast and lunchtime. According to a study by the University of Arizona, it takes just two hours for the germs and bacteria to travel from your office main door to the coffee spot. And then even more quickly, they spread from the dining room to the entire workplace.
Always use your hand sanitizer before going for lunch and coffee-breaks.
If you want to make your office a cleaner, healthier place, but you don’t have time to do it yourself—call us. We offer commercial cleaning services in Auburn, WA, and would be happy to provide solutions for all your cleaning needs.