Businesses are now gradually re-opening, and more will continue to do so in the coming months. Employees spend most of their day in the office. Both the staff and management should be aware of these germ hotspots to take action and prevent the spread of harmful pathogens.
While most cleaning services clean and disinfect some areas, there are frequently touched spots that are neglected or still retain the danger despite regular cleaning. In this article, we will cover ten germ hotspots in the office so you can keep your office clean and sanitary.
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First on our list are door handles. It’s no surprise why door handles are one of the germ hotspots in the office. We touch almost every door in the office. Even if you clean door handles, it’s virtually impossible to keep them sanitary all the time without preventive measures.
- Disinfect all door handles at the end of the day.
- Place hand sanitizers near doors for employees to use.
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Work desks – especially shared ones – are breeding grounds for germs. Everything we touch in the workspace could be carriers of harmful bacteria and viruses. It includes telephones, computers, mousepads, pens, coffee mugs, drawers, etc.
- Place antibacterial wipes or sanitizers on desks to promote regular disinfection and cleaning.
- Remind employees to wash their hands after eating or using the toilet.
- Avoid eating in workspaces.
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We often neglect this piece of equipment when cleaning. Throughout the day, many hands come in contact with the microwave handle and timer. The inside is also a hotspot for germs to thrive in as it collects old food particles.
- Encourage frequent hand washing, especially when handling food.
- Clean and disinfect the microwave every day.
How to clean it?
- Mix one cup of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and place it inside the microwave. You can use dish soap if you don’t have some white vinegar.
- Set the timer for one to two minutes.
- After heating the solution, leave it inside for three minutes.
- Through wipe with a wet cloth or towel.
- Wash the rotating plate with dish soap and water.
- Wet a towel or cloth with a disinfectant solution and wipe the exterior of the microwave.
Mobile phones are excellent carriers of harmful germs. We use our mobile phone in transit, during meals, or after sneezing. We rarely wash our hands before using our phones, and this is one way for germs to grow and spread.
- Wash or disinfect hands before using mobile phones.
- Wipe it with antibacterial wipes regularly.
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Just like the microwave, refrigerators have different kinds of bacteria both on the inside and out. Expired food can cause complications and could lead to disease. Frequent hand contact on the fridge handle is also one culprit of germ contamination.
- Throw out expired food and leftovers regularly.
- Set a weekly cleaning schedule for the fridge interior.
- Sanitize the handle with an antibacterial wipe or disinfectant spray.
Almost everyone in the office, if not all, uses the printer or photocopier. If one employee is sick and forgot to wash or disinfect their hands after coughing and sneezing, the virus could infect healthy employees. Healthy hand hygiene is encouraged when using shared office equipment.
- Place a hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipe near the photocopier or printer so employees can sanitize their hands before using it.
- Disinfect the machine daily.
These include faucets in the washroom, break room, and all the others which we touch frequently. Even if you wash your hands, you still use the contaminated faucet handles. Faucets with motion sensors are the best way to go, but if one isn’t available, you can install a pedal. This alternative is helpful, so employees don’t have to use their hands when turning the water on and off.
- Clean with a sanitizing or disinfectant wipe.
- Spray with a disinfectant solution and rinse.
- Encourage employees to wash faucet handles after use with soap and water.
It’s not just your employees that use the elevator buttons. Visitors also touch the buttons, and we don’t know where they have been. While you cannot avoid pressing the buttons, you can prevent the spread of germs by setting preventive measures beforehand.
- Disinfect the elevator daily.
- Place hand sanitizers on every elevator pathway.
It may come as a shock, but the water cooler is one of the most germ-infested areas in the office. This equipment rarely gets the attention it needs during clean-ups. Several hands touch the dispenser throughout the day, and people use it without giving hand hygiene a thought.
- Disinfect the water cooler daily.
- Place hand sanitizers beside the water cooler.
- Encourage your employees to clean their hands before touching the equipment.
Pantry/Break Room Dish Sponge
Lastly, we have the most germ-ridden spot in the office – the dish sponge. Food particles and the kitchen sink come in contact with the dish sponge, which makes it the perfect breeding ground for germs. We recommend changing it once every two weeks.
How to clean it?
- Soak the sponge with water and place it in the microwave. Then set the microwave on high heat and leave the sponge inside for one to two minutes.
- Soak the sponge in vinegar for five minutes and then rinse.
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