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Dirtiest Surfaces in the Office



Since the start of the pandemic, we have all been super vigilant about cleansing our work areas to prevent the spread of disease. Heck, most people keep a container of anti-bacterial wipes at their desks and on their person to regularly wipe down keyboards, phones, and work surfaces. There are so many other places that germs congregate, though. You may not even be aware of these breeding grounds of bacteria, but as cleaning professionals, we can make sure you don’t need to.


For instance, did you know that sink faucet handles in breakrooms are the dirtiest places in the office? Well, they are, according to an article on WebMD in 2012! This article goes on to recount a study wherein researchers “swabbed some 4,800 surfaces in office buildings housing some 3,000 employees. Office types included manufacturing facilities, law firms, insurance companies, healthcare companies, and call centers.” They then used a device that, in simple terms, measures if a surface is dirty enough to require cleaning. On a scale where anything over 100 is dirty, 75 % of breakroom faucets scored more than 300 and were considered to be “officially dirty”. That is probably because most people who clean their own offices don’t even think of that particular surface! If the faucet never gets cleaned, of course it’s filthy!


The study further concludes that microwave door handles. refrigerator door handles, coffee pots and dispensers, water fountains and vending machine buttons are also being missed during regular office clean ups! Clearly, the lesson here is that wherever people touch anything, there will be contamination. Therefore, it is so important to hire seasoned professionals to target all areas that humans occupy and touch and render them free of bacteria and disease -- those areas that regular office staff can and do miss.


Office Germs: The 6 Dirtiest Work Places (webmd.com)


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