The germs living at your workstation!

December 2014

Did you know that office workers are exposed to more germs from their phones and keyboards than toilet seat?

Scientists have revealed that many work stations contain nearly four hundred times as many microbes than the average lavatory.

According to specialist cleaning contractors Emerald, office equipment including keyboards, phones, computer mice and desks should be regularly disinfected to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria responsible for disease.

In a study by the University of Arizona, it was revealed that a desk is capable of supporting 10 million bacteria and the average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch.

The most common area for germs are telephones, which can contain up to 25,127 germs per square inch, keyboards 3,295 and computer mice 1,676.

In surprising contrast, the average toilet seat contains 49 germs per square inch, according to this survey.

Microbiologist Dr Charles Gerba, of the University of Arizona, who carried out the research, said: "When someone is infected with a cold or flu bug the surfaces they touch during the day become germ transfer points because some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. So essentially, your office can become an incubator for germs."

Dr Gerba's study found bacteria levels increased drastically during the day, peaking after lunch.

Food spills, such as tea and biscuits, can support mini eco-systems, but deep cleaning of keyboards and phones is not always given high priority according to Emerald Contract Cleaners.

Dr Gerba said: "Without cleaning, a small area on your desk of phone can sustain millions of bacteria that could potentially cause illness."

British microbiologist Professor Sally Bloomfield said the study reinforced the need for good hygiene practice both at work and in the home.

She said: "The superhighways for bacteria are hands and the surfaces we touch. Viruses are transferred by our hands, especially cold viruses."

It is impossible to turn our surroundings into sterile zones, but we can minimise the risk by washing our hands regularly and using alcoholic wipes on office furniture like phones and keyboards.

So what equipments of your office need to be cleaned? The Daily Office cleaning department in Emerald Facility Services can provide a deep cleaning service for your office to cleanse the area of germs and grime.

PC Cleaning

Cleaning a dirty workstation not only helps prevent getting infections and sicknesses, it also helps make your PC more efficient to use. During the cleaning process, Emerald Facility Services will clean the ventilation locations therefore ensuring a clear airflow to the CPU keeping internal components cool and maintaining your machines in good working condition increasing the life span and performance

Keyboard Cleaning

Dust, dirt, food and grime build up on keyboards making them sticky and uncomfortable to use and eventually can prevent them from functioning correctly.

Computer Mouse Cleaning

Similar to the keyboard, the mouse can become dirty resulting in it functioning incorrectly. Cleaning the computer mouse will also assist in keeping the mouse mat germ free.

Monitor Cleaning

Dust, dirt and fingerprints can dull your computer screen making it more difficult to read.

Laptop Cleaning

No different to the PC, the laptop keypad and screen can harbour germs, dirt and general grime. In addition, because it is portable the laptop can be in different environments so it is best practice to keep it clean and germ free.

Printer Cleaning

Printers are used by all staff so it is advisable to keep printers clean of germs. To ensure your printed material is clean and free from ink spills or blotches it is advisable to clean printers, both the outside and the surface glass.

Scanner Cleaning

Similar to printers it is essential to clean the internal glass area of a scanner to ensure scanned images are clear.

Phone Cleaning

As the highest germ carrier, phones need to be cleaned to prevent the spread of gems from coughing or sneezing to ensure the safety of your employees.

The good news is that preventing these kinds of health incidents is pretty easy.  Twice yearly deep cleans by Emerald Facility Services will ensure that your office area is clean and free from harmful bacteria reducing the spread of germs and sickness in your office.

Contact Emerald Facility Services Daily Office Cleaning department  today to avail of our special Deep Cleaning offer.

The germs living at your workstation!