According to The Independent, the average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. That’s 20,961 germs per square inch – and we’re not counting the 3295 germs on the keyboard, the 1676 germs on a mouse, or the staggering 25,127 germs on the cell phone.
With these numbers in mind – we created a list of the top things you should disinfect in an office before you clean the toilet.
7 Areas Of Your Office That Have More Bacteria Than A Toilet
1. Cell Phones
The number one thing you and your associates should disinfect everyday in your office are your cell phones. Scientists from The University of Arizona say that cellphones carry 10x more bacteria than most toilet seats and according to a study done by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, fecal matter can be found on 1 out of every 6 smartphones.
The best way to clean a cell phone is with sanitizing wipes. However, you can also create your own disinfecting solution with water and rubbing alcohol.
- Use a combination of 60% water and 40% rubbing alcohol.
- Mix the ingredients together.
- Dip a cloth in the solution.
- Wipe it across your phone and let dry.
To prevent cell phones from getting germy in the first place, encourage your associates to wash their hands regularly and ask them to leave their phones at their desk when they go to the restroom.
2. Coffee Cups
Coffee cups are some of the most germ-ridden items in an office. According to the Wall Street Journal, a coffee cup can have 2200 bacteria per square inch. So, make sure you clean your coffee cups regularly (and not with the germ-ridden sponge in the breakroom).
The average desk can have 800 bacteria per square inch (nearly 14x the amount of a toilet seat). To keep your workspace clean, first clean up and remove papers, trinkets, and electronics off your desk. Then use a disinfectant spray or disinfecting wipes to wipe down the entire surface.
Your keyboard is likely one of the things you touch the most while in the office. To clean your keyboard, follow these instructions:
- First, turn off the computer and unplug the keyboard.
- Then, use a compressed air can to spray in between all the buttons to release dust and particles from the keyboard.
- Next, spray or dip cotton swabs in a disinfectant and wipe between each key.
- Lastly, use a lint-free cloth with the disinfectant to wipe the rest of the keyboard.
5. Door Knobs
Doors are the most used and touched surface of any building. They can also be the most neglected part of a commercial cleaning routine. This is why it’s so important to make door cleaning a priority in your workplace.
For information on how to clean door knobs and doors, read Why It’s Important to Clean Office Doors and Door Cleaning Tips.
6. Elevator Buttons
Your office copier is used by a number of people everyday, which means it can spread a lot of germs.
Copiers can be wiped down with electronic and anti-static sprays or disinfecting wipes. Make sure you get all parts of the copier. And, if you have an extremely dusty office, you can also use a feather duster to get into the hard to reach areas.