How many germs are lurking around your office?

germ-hotspotsWhen it comes to spring cleaning, we always say better late than never. A thorough cleaning not only freshens up your office space, it reduces the risk of germ-related infections for your employees.

According to a research study conducted at the University of Arizona — that tested hundreds of surfaces to calculate average total bacteria counts, per square inch — you should keep an eye (and throw in some extra cleanings) on the following germ hotspots:

  • Dish sponges: Easily the dirtiest object in your office (and home), the average dish sponge contains a whopping 775,460,560 germs per square inch. Most sponges are more likely to contribute to the mess than actually clean it up. And it’s pretty difficult to clean a soiled sponge, so we suggest just tossing it out weekly, or after you use it to wipe down surfaces contaminated by raw meats or vegetables.
  • Kitchen faucet handles: The average kitchen faucet has more bacteria (approximately 228,854 per square inch) than the average toilet flush. Keep germs at bay with regular cleanings. Sanitary wipes are one of the easiest and most effective ways to eliminate harmful germs.
  • Keyboards/Mouses: Most custodial staff will steer clear of personal spaces, so it’s up to the office staff to keep their workstation clean and tidy. Sanitizing wipes are the best way to wipe down keyboards and mouses (which contain more than 61,500 germs per square inch). Weekly cleanings should be performed — or daily if you’re feeling under the weather.
  • Cellphones: How many seconds, minutes, hours a day to you spend touching and talking on your cellphone? A lot. As a result, most cellphones are pretty dirty — averaging about 11,000 germs per square inch. To prevent germs from spreading to your face and mouth, you should sanitize it daily.
  • Doorknobs: Most of us have a fear of touching doorknobs and handles — and for good reason — but in actuality, they aren’t as dirty as you might think (probably because we’re all avoiding them). The average doorknob contains about 8,643 germs per square inch, which means it still needs a good cleaning at least once a week.

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