When it comes to cleanliness in communal areas such as the workplace, sanitation is important and there are the some not so obvious areas that need extra attention. High traffic areas such as walkway carpets, kitchen surfaces and bathroom toilets are all common areas that most cleaners will tend to spend more time on in order to evict all bacteria and to prevent the spread of germs. However, amongst these popular areas are smaller, everyday areas and objects in a workplace that require the same attention as they tend to unexpectedly harbour the most bacteria. It is important to recognises these areas as if left neglected, they could ultimately lead to an increased risk of spreading sickness throughout the office and infecting the staff members.
Light switches are quite often forgotten about as a common harborer of germs. Multiple people come into contact with light switches throughout the day to which their hands transfer any residue or bacterial substances from their fingertips to the switch board. Over the space of a week, these germs multiply and create an unaware area of germs that ultimately spread throughout the office with every single contact. So it is important to regularly clean your light switches, because if ignored, the bacteria can accumulate to harbour over 200 different types.
Computer keyboards are another item that tend to harbour germs due to the constant contact with various bacteria ridden hands. In fact, some recent studies have suggested that everyday keyboards hold approximately 200 times more bacteria than a toilet seat does. For anyone who works regularly with a computer, a keyboard is an item that is always faced with direct contact from multiple people and hence the bacteria that those people hold. More often than not, keyboards are an item that is often forgotten and rarely cleaned properly. Over time, keyboards can accumulate a vast range of germs from sneezing, coughing and any spillages that present on the desk space. These germs are then easily transferred to our hands upon contact making them a dangerous harborer of all kinds of bacterial illness.
Telephones are under the same duress as keyboards. They are in regular contact with our hands and are in the same near space of our desk to accumulate germs from coughing and sneezing. Telephones are particularly likely to harbour bacteria due to the regular use and close proximity they are to sticky fingers, mouths and the faces of all the people who use them.
Another high contaminated area is that of soap dispensers. All hands that come into contact with the dispenser are likely to be quite dirty and filled with bacteria, and although we assume once we wash our hands after touching it we will be rid of these, the reality is that we aren’t. Soap will likely kill off the majority of the bacteria, however, if the dispenser is not thoroughly cleaned on both the inside and outside, it is likely that germs will remain on the hands. This can often make us sick as we perceive our hands to be clean when they’re not, and these bacteria can ultimately infect us.
Fridge door handles, bathroom towels, filing cabinet drawers and all other common areas hold the same issues. They are likely to harbour various bacterias if ignored. When consulting with your commercial cleaning company, it is beneficial in the long term to confirm that they give extra attention to these areas. Efficient cleaning of all these communal areas and objects will likely prevent the risk of illness throughout the workplace and reduce the likeliness of staff having to request sick days off.