Germophobes, beware! If you’re thinking your office is a sterile environment (spoiler alert!), we’re here to tell you it’s time to be a bit more cautious about where you’re pouring coffee, heating up lunch and making photocopies. That office space could be a lot more germ-ridden than you thought. After all, you and all your coworkers spend a good portion of your day in those tight quarters. Wondering which areas of your office are dirtiest? Here’s the list.
Break Room Sinks and Faucets
From cleaning up spilled coffee creamer to rinsing out lunch Tupperware, that break room sink gets a whole lot of action in a day. And if you thought washing your hands in that sink were doing you many favors, just think about this: those faucet handles are likely the single dirtiest surfaces in your entire office. Next time you’re reaching for the warm water handle, maybe you should wear gloves.
Microwave Door Handles
What do you do right before you eat? Why, touch a super dirty surface, of course! Next time you’re reheating that TV dinner for a quick bite at the office, you might want to give the old microwave a disinfecting wipe. That microwave door handle sees its share of filth – from food particles to unwashed hands and who knows what else. Be careful next time you nuke!
Your Computer Keyboard
It’s no wonder your computer keyboard is a sea of germs; you spend hours a day touching it! And with those little keys, keyboards can be tough to clean. Tough, but necessary. After all, it’s easy to spread germs from your hands (after you shake hands with your boss, for example) onto your computer and then who knows where else. If you take your computer home with you at night, you’re just transferring those germs to your loved ones outside the office.
Water Fountain Buttons
It’s important to stay hydrated. But what happens when your efforts to stay hydrated make you vulnerable to bacteria and viruses living on the water fountain button? That’s a tough dilemma, so maybe it’s time to give that water fountain a good cleaning. And it’s not just the old steel fountain; those water cooler dispensers get pretty filthy too. Time to break out the bleach cleaner and work for a cleaner water source.
Vending Machine Buttons
When you’re super hungry, you’ll eat just about anything – which is why vending machines are such a popular office fixture. So popular, in fact, that those vending machine buttons get pretty filthy. So next time you’re deciding between the Twix and the M&Ms, you better ask yourself whether you want a dose of bacteria with that mid-afternoon snack.
Coffee Pots and Dispensers
Where does everyone head first thing in the morning upon entering the office? The coffee pot! Unfortunately, that coffee machine and dispensers aren’t exactly the cleanest way to get your fix. Unless you have a dedicated cleaning crew, there’s a good chance those pots and dispensers aren’t getting regularly (or thoroughly) cleaned. Make sure you’re getting your coffee with cream and sugar, not bacteria and viruses.
You’ve likely heard how filthy cell phones get. Those desk phones can get just as dirty, and it’s unlikely you’re cleaning them on a regular basis. Next time you see that voicemail light flash, think about how many times you’ve touched that phone and how many times you’ve cleaned it. That ought to get you thinking!
If you’re feeling like your office could use a good cleaning, well, we agree! Offices are much dirtier places than you think, because most office workers don’t think about cleaning as a responsibility of their job. That said, keeping antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer around can go a long way to clean up a dirty space. Of course, a good, professional cleaning crew is the best way to keep your office sparkling – and cut down on all those germs! Give us a call for a quote today.