Most office employees spend more time at work than at home. After five full days a week, it’s unsurprising that these workspaces can get a little dirty. But where you would expect to harbour the most germs probably doesn’t, according to Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Kimberly-Clark Professional conducted a study in 2012, swabbing more than 4,800 surfaces in big business buildings. Using a special device that detects bacterial concentration, the company discovered that the dirtiest places in the office are:
- Break room sink faucets,
- Microwave door handles,
- Computer keyboards,
- Refrigerator door handles,
- Water fountain buttons,
- And vending machine buttons.
Runners up in the study include desk phones, computer mice and coffee pots. Besides computer peripherals, most germ-invested areas are communal, making them hard to maintain. Nevertheless, the study does demonstrate that we fail to keep our own areas clean, which contributes filth to the office space.
Cleaning the Office Workplace
Many workers think to wipe large surfaces like countertops, desks and floors. Smaller fixtures tend to get neglected, as the study above suggests. While personal hygiene can minimize the presence of bacteria, the only real solution is to disinfect problematic areas. Particularly near food and water, these areas needs regular sanitization.
For your own workspace, here are a few tips to keep bacteria at bay:
- Avoid close contact with other stations;
- Wash your hands periodically throughout the day;
- Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Keep your office supplies in your own immediate area, limiting where you set them down and to whom you lend them;
- Buy a bottle of cleaner and wipe or spray the places you touch most before your workday.