Other than your own home, the second place that you will be spending most of your time would be your workplace. You keep your house spotless, but is your office anywhere as clean as your bedroom? Read on to find out the grimiest spots of your workplace that you can help to keep clean – or avoid!
1. Your Trusty Keyboard and Mouse
It might not be news to you that our hands are our dirtiest body part since they come into contact with countless foreign objects daily. Surprise surprise, what do our hands come into contact with the most on a regular workday? Our computer keyboard and mouse!
Research has shown that an estimated 16 million microbes which include E.Coli, Staph, salmonella and norovirus (a cousin of Covid-19) cover the nooks and crannies of your keyboard. As for your mouse, there are at least 46 000 times more icky stuff on it than on a single toilet flush handle.
However, you can always clean them up easily with antibacterial wipes weekly, or if you feel like it, maybe even daily.
2. That One Sponge in The Kitchen
Did you know that the coffee mugs in your office might contain germs and bacteria from faecal matter? Yes – you read that right, you could be sipping on nasty stuff right now and the culprit? The dishwashing sponge in the pantry that has been in use for the past 3 months. The reason why the dishwashing sponge can hold a high amount of germs and bacteria is due to the fact that it is almost always moist and absorbent, which makes it a perfect host for E.Coli and salmonella. In fact, these bacteria can start growing within 3 weeks of using the sponge.
Keeping the dishwashing sponge clean and safe is fairly easy. Simply change one every 2 weeks, even if it looks new or usable.
3. Door Handles
Yes, yet another surface that our hands are constantly in contact with and we don’t just mean the handles on toilet doors or the office door. Door handles on microwave ovens and refrigerators should not be neglected as well.
To keep these surfaces clean, wipe them with antibacterial wipes daily. You can also use some hand sanitiser after every time your hands come into contact with any of these surfaces.
4. The Office Refrigerator
Half-eaten food and perishables are the perfect breeding ground for germs. In fact, the average refrigerator contains about 7900 bacteria colonies forming per unit, per square inch and refrigerators are huge. The produce drawer in itself can house 750 times the amount of bacteria that is safe for our bodies.
Armed with this knowledge, you can now tell your colleagues to refrain from keeping unfinished food for more than a day, and to clean out the refrigerator with a strong antibacterial cleanser every 2 days.
5. The Shared Water Dispenser
It is needless to say that communal items or stations house the most germs since many people come into contact with it daily. But the water dispenser only dispenses water, how can it be dirty? Well, moisture is key for bacteria to reproduce and grow, that’s why. It would be disgusting to be drinking contaminated water, wouldn’t it? All the more you should take initiative to keep the office’s water dispenser clean and germ-free.
Wondering how to clean a water dispenser? We can help you with that. Running hot water through the water dispenser will help to kill any germs on the dispenser and it will also help if you run your water bottle through hot water every day before use.
Leave it All to Lifeline Cleaning
As an employee in your workplace, it is your responsibility to keep your workstation clean and tidy, but is it really your responsibility to keep the entire office germ-free? Sanitising pantry counter tops, tables, handles and cleaning the refrigerator is just too tedious for any office employee. Choose Lifeline Cleaning today and you can leave your worries of catching any flu bugs or bacteria at work at bay. Visit our website today and explore all available options for professional office cleaning services in Singapore today.