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Dirtiest Surfaces in the Office Outside of the Rest Room

April 14, 2015 / admin

Think again before saying “eeewww” to the restroom. Recent researches show that there are places and items in the office that are actually “dirtier” and “grimier” than the restroom.

We bet that these places or items are the last things on your mind if we talk about bacteria count but they are actually petri dishes of bacteria and germs that cause diseases.

Usually, applying disinfectant on dirty surfaces is already sufficient, provided that the amount or dilution of the disinfectant is in the correct proportion vis-à-vis the type of surface being cleaned (meaning how dirty it is) and the dwell time is sufficient as well.  A five to ten minute dwell time (time before rinsing off the disinfectant) is enough to kill germs on most surfaces.

Here is a run down of the “dirtiest” surfaces in the workplace and tips on how our office maintenance crew or the employees can effectively clean these places.

1. The air within the office premises

A defective and leaking heating and air conditioning system will cause moulds and bacteria to form around tubes and crevices.  Moreover, a dirty air conditioning filter will not be effective in catching dust and other particles floating in the air.

The key to maintaining good air quality inside office premises is having a well-maintained heating and air conditioning system.

Another way of efficiently cleaning the office environment especially during flu season is through a misting system which sanitises all surfaces within a 400 square meter area.

2. Desktops

Recent researches show that table tops contain 400 times more germs than toilet seats. Sounds gross, isn’t it?  Wiping dusts from table tops is not enough to clean them, if the cloth used does not contain cleaning agents.

3. Mobile phones, telephones, mouse and other computer equipment

From the dirty hands to the cellphones to our faces – this is how germs enter our bodies.  Moreover, our office equipment are frequently shared by many people in the office that it’s unavoidable that germs are passed from one person to another or left converging on the office equipment.

The solution to this is actually as simple as frequent hand wash and regular application of disinfectant to office facilities.

4. Entryways

Many pollutants find their way to office premises through people’s footwear. This is the reason why special attention should be given to doors and hallways because they also serve as highways for the germs.  Let’s trap the dirt before they enter the building through mats which should be regularly replaced as well, while hallways and stairs frequently mopped.

5.Sink faucet handles, vendor machine and microwave handles

Our common perception is these surfaces are unlikely converging place for germs, but the truth is they top the list.  These surfaces should be regularly cleaned, putting into account the required dwell time.

Cleaning of office premises require professional skills. A professional janitorial service provider can advise on the latest cleaning tools and techniques.

When you are in London and neighboring areas, contact RPC Cleaning at 020 8994 4778. We will be happy to discuss your office maintenance concerns.


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