Research has found that the average desk contains 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. This accumulates over time because surfaces, desks, phones and even keyboards aren’t wiped down regularly with antibacterial wipes. The office being a hot bed of bacteria makes it an environment where workers will be more prone to illness. This is why we have listed items that need to be cleaned frequently and why.
This will come at no surprise but the top item that needs cleaning in the office is the telephone. As there are a number of buttons on a telephone, this means there is also room for gunk to build up. And it’s no wonder this spreads germs as the phone is designed to sit right by your face. To keep the telephone clean, simply use a cotton bud dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the area around the buttons, the receiver and the mouthpiece. Also, spray a microfiber cloth with disinfectant, and wipe the entire phone down including the body and the entire receiver. If you see that there is ear wax built-up in the receiver or gunk in the mouthpiece, take a dry toothbrush, gently brush out the debris and clean the phone.
There are a number of items that are used every working day in an office and one of those is the mouse. This also means that it will draw a plethora of bacteria to it. Like the telephone, it is a good idea to clean this item weekly. If you would like to do a deep clean then firstly ensure the mouse is turned off or pop out the batteries. If you find that there is debris stuck in the mouse, use some compressed air to blast it out or a dry cleaning toothbrush. Hold the mouse upright and brush down so that you don’t re-populate your mouse with its own debris. This is great to use around track wheels and buttons. Once done, take a microfiber cloth sprayed with disinfectant and wipe the mouse down. If you notice dust built up on the bottom of your mouse, use a small and sharp item like a toothpick or a corner of a sticky note to scratch it out.
- The Kitchen
As the items in the office kitchen are used by everyone, it means they will easily collect bacteria, especially if they are not cleaned regularly. This can be everything from the microwave, worktop, water cooler, fridge and so on. The only way to rectify this is to clean as you go on or do it on a weekly basis. Wipe down the worktops with antibacterial wipes and do the same with everything else. Life would be so much easier in an office if everyone washed their hands but this isn’t always the case, unfortunately.
As many have a snack whilst at their desk, crumbs can be collected in a keyboard. The best way to clean a keyboard is to firstly, unplug your keyboard or take out the batteries and stand it upright. Then starting at the top, blast your keys starting from top to bottom with a can of compressed air. Let everything fall to the surface, you’ll wipe them up after. Once this is done, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to swab around each key. Finish off by spraying a cloth with disinfectant and wipe the keyboard. Now, wipe up that crumb collection and plug your keyboard back in.