If you could see all of the living bacteria crawling over your work space, you’d be horrified. If you also eat at your desk because you are too busy to leave for lunch, you may want to reconsider. Due to the working space being public and numerous items coming and going to and from this area, your desk may be just as dirty as the public toilet!
So if all of this grosses you out, ServiceMaster of North Texas highly recommends following these tips on how to clean a dirty office and what to focus on. When cleaning, some services will need more attention than others, such as your keyboard, mouse, and area where you put your forearms. Check out these statistics of why deep cleaning is absolutely necessary.
Dirty Office Statistics
- A working desk has over 10 million bacteria
- There are 21,000 germs per sq. inch on your keyboard, mouse, and chair.
- Only 20% of people clean before eating at their desk
- 60% of office illnesses are caused by dirty surfaces
While these statistics can be daunting, they are only limited to your desk space. Can you imagine how much bacteria the other work spaces contain? Refrigerator doors, microwaves, vending machines, elevator buttons, bathroom doors, break room sinks, break room coffee pots, and everything else in the office that you can imagine is full of germs.
Now you may not be wondering so much how flu and cold viruses are rapidly traveling around the office. Statistics also show that 1 out of 3 people still go to work when they are sick, and they spread it around like pollen.
Cleaning a Dirty Office
So now that you are aware of this infestation, what can you do to fight it? Follow these steps about what you can do to make your workspace cleaner and a healthier place to work.
- Always wash your hands when coming out of the bathroom
- Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk
- Hire a commercial cleaning service every 6 months
- Stay home if you are sick
- Do not eat at your desk
- Keep your area clear of any clutter
While these habits are good to implement on a daily basis, they do not get rid of all bacteria within the desk area. If you really want to properly sanitize your desk space, you may want to consider having the services on a regular basis.
- Janitorial services
- Upholstery cleaning (for desk chairs and waiting rooms)
- Commercial floor cleaning
- Air duct cleaning (to improve indoor air quality)
- Carpet cleaning
For those who are especially sensitive and/or concerned about bacteria, you can keep a pack of Lysol wipes at your desk and sanitize your area each day. Just make sure to get in between the cracks on the keyboard and mouse – that is where the majority of the bacteria is hiding out.
Professional Commercial Cleaning
When you are searching for a janitorial or commercial cleaning service, consider contacting ServiceMaster of North Texas. While we specialize in disaster restoration, our technicians use advanced products and equipment to fully clean every square inch of commercial spaces. This includes business offices, doctor’s offices, retail stores, warehouses, schools and universities, and more.
We can perform a one-time commercial cleaning or set up on-going appointments to ensure your office is sanitary and provides a healthy working environment year-round. Call us today at (972)40-8888 for more information or to set up an appointment.