Did you know that it only takes 4 hours for the germs from a sick team member to spread throughout the office?
Bacteria and viruses spread through person-to-person contact and by getting on surfaces that people touch. Some surfaces, especially synthetic materials like plastic, can harbor germs and viruses for days at a time.
The dirtiest surfaces in your office might surprise you.
The Top 3 Dirtiest Places in Your Office
Most people assume that the office bathroom is germ central, and there really are lots of bacteria on those surfaces. The thing is, since people are more conscious of germs in the restroom, they’re more likely to follow good hygienic practices.
2 out of the 3 dirtiest places in a typical office are actually in the break room where people make and eat lunch.
#3 Dirtiest Place in the Office: Keyboards
Whether you have your own or you share with other coworkers, your keyboard is teeming with germs.
Have you ever noticed how much dust and grime accumulates under your keyboard keys? All the stuff you touch throughout the day gets transferred to your keyboard and mouse, and since you probably spend a lot of time typing and not a lot of time disinfecting, stuff festers.
Common habits like eating at your desk only add to the problem as food particles get under your buttons and moulder.
Clean up your act by regularly cleaning and disinfecting your keyboard. Cleaning compounds are available that can creep a little bit under the keys and grab debris and dust, and canned air can knock out some of that accumulation, too.
If you use a laptop keyboard, consider purchasing a keyboard skin to prevent dirt from falling between the cracks.
#2 Dirtiest Place in the Office: Microwave Door Handles
Did your mom always insist that you wash your hands before eating? That’s a good habit – you should keep doing that.
Microwave door handles collect gunk because everyone touches them with hands that just touched food, and they’re usually not cleaned regularly.
That’s a recipe for bacterial growth for sure! Since most people who touch the microwave eat just after (and probably don’t wash their hands first) the risk for spreading infection is especially high.
Protect yourself and your coworkers by washing your hands before and after handling food, and be sure that your microwave door handle is cleaned up on a regular basis.
The #1 Dirtiest Place in the Office: Break Room Sink Faucet Handles
In a study by Kimberly-Clark Professionals, 75% of break room sink faucet handles were found to be extremely dirty and at high risk for spreading illness, while 91% needed to be cleaned overall.
You might have noticed a trend:
Most of the dirtiest places in your office are surfaces that are meant to be handled, but that don’t get cleaned very often.
Other seriously dirty germ hotspots in your office are:
- Fridge door handles
- Water fountain buttons
- Vending machine buttons
- Computer mice
- Coffee pot handles
Buttons, door knobs, handles, and other places that are touched by lots of people are hubs where germs and contaminants spread. That’s why keeping your office well cleaned is so important!