You may think your office building looks clean enough, but what is the reality of the situation? Brace yourself; it’s not pretty. First, only 25% of office employees describe work spaces as suitably clean. What’s more, studies show that even they are most likely mistaken. The truth of the matter is that there are unseen germs lurking everywhere. What are the dirtiest parts of the office?
The Mouse And Keyboard
Some of the germ-iest objects are also the ones that you touch pretty much all day. According to a July 13 article in Today and a study from Kimberley Clark and the University of Arizona, “27% of office keyboards and over half of computer mouses are contaminated with mold, yeast and bacteria.” That’s makes them the number one source of germs in the office. To add more fuel to your nightmares, the average keyboard hosts more than 7,500 bacteria, and just about all office workers never clean their mouse — not even once. Add to that the fact that another 50% don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, and it’s safe to say that things are getting pretty unsanitary, even gross.
Desks, Phones, And Water Coolers
You may think that professional office cleaning services aren’t strictly necessary. Think again. Desks are pretty much cesspools of germs and sickness waiting to happen, with some studies suggesting that a typical desk is 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat. And keyboards and the computer mouse aren’t the only objects on desks that you have to be especially careful about cleaning. Phones also have lots of germs — about 24,000 per square inch. Even the water cooler isn’t immune, with over one-quarter having filthy buttons that can make workers sick.
Cleaning services are a must in any office setting, given that they are prone to harboring a ton of germs and dirt. Professionals can give you the peace of mind that your work environment is clean, and not especially prone to making your employees use their sick days.