Offices may appear clean because of the structured walls and simple paint colours, but office spaces can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Spreading germs in an office is easy because so many different people occupy the space and use the same communal facilities. Workers then go home and bring those germs with them, and they also bring germs from home into the office every day. Below are three areas in the office that can get very dirty but might not occur to you to clean.
You touch everything in the office and outside the office. Without washing your hands, you log on to your computer. You shake someone’s hand to say good morning. You eat your breakfast at your desk because you were running late at home. You do this all while opening up your systems, checking emails, and looking at your to-do-list. Your keyboard has just accumulated more germs than you might think. Throughout the day, you transfer germs to your keyboard and then get germs transferred back to you; it is a never-ending cycle. You suddenly get an itch on your nose and then continue typing. The oils from your face are now on every key. Try to keep disinfecting wipes at your desk to wipe down your keys when you finish up for the day. Keep a bottle of hand sanitiser in close proximity so you can constantly be reminded to anti-germ yourself.
Carpets build up a lot of unwanted germs and allergens. Offices are busy with foot traffic throughout the day. People come and go and then come back again, bringing with them new unmentionables from elsewhere. Carpets are full of dust, hair, dead skin, and other things. How often is the office space cleaned? With offices that are big enough, sometimes a particular floor might only be attended to once a week. That is a week’s worth of coming and going, hair, and skin. Try to avoid touching the carpet if you need to pick something up, and never go barefoot in the office, no matter how uncomfortable your shoes may feel after seven hours of work.
3. Water Dispensers
Water dispensers are havens for germs. Multiple people throughout the day use the water spout to fill their water bottles, make a cup of tea, or cook lunch. With so many people putting the tops of their water bottles to the spout, germs are bound to linger for some time. This is when you accidently may put your water bottle too close to the top and transfer those germs to yourself. As convenient as the water cooler is with its nice chilly water, remember to pay attention when you are using it, and do not get the top of your bottle or glass too close to the spout.
Offices are safe and structured, yet they house all the germs that everyone brings with them. Be cautious and aware of your surroundings when it comes to germs. If this article has made you wary of your office’s hygiene, it could be a good idea to get in touch with a corporate cleaning specialist, such as AMC Cleaning, or to speak to your boss about doing so.