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Top 5 Dirtiest Areas in your Office, and How to Keep them Germ Free

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Can you guess the dirtiest places in your office? You would think the bathroom, but the scary truth is that dirty places live right under our noses in common places like handles, buttons, and keys.

Time Online reported on a new study by Kimberly-Clark Professional, who swabbed nearly 5,000 surfaces in office buildings housing about 3,000 employees. The offices included law firms, insurance companies, health care companies, call centers and manufacturing facilities.

The swabs were analyzed with an ATP meter, which is a device commonly used to assess sanitary conditions. It measures levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule found in all animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast and mold cells. The more ATP found on a surface, the more likely it’s flourishing with bacteria and viruses. So if a surface has an ATP level over 100, the surface can use a cleaning, if the level is over 300, the surface is defined as “dirty.”

The Top 5 “Dirtiest” Places in the Office were:

  1. Break room sink-faucet handles. You would think it would be the bathroom sink, but its not! When you actually think about it, these finding are not that surprising. In fact, the majority of this list contains items located in the breakroom.
  2. Microwave door handles. Like the break room faucets, the microwave door handles are crawling with little micros of their own.
  3. Keyboards. It’s safe to say that your mouse and office phone are just as dirty as the keyboard. Plus, little bits and pieces of everything from dust to your sandwich get in between the keys. Gross? You bet!
  4. Refrigerator door handles. The break room is really getting a bad wrap here… but the refrigerator handles have germs getting passed back and forth every time you go in to get your lunch or a bottle of water.
  5. Water fountain buttons. Water is great for your health, but the process of actually filling your water bottle might not be.

What to do:

Should we wear gloves and face masks as we work at our desks? Vow to never enter our breakroom again? No! Simply have a good stockpile of Janitorial/Sanitation Supplies on hand to keep you safe from the inevitable office germs. Here are some tips to follow along with some of our favorite germ-busters:

Lysol Disinfectant Spray

Lysol Disinfectant Spray

  • Use disinfectant spray on handles, faucets, buttons, light switches, phones, etc.

Use disinfectant spray to sanitize high-touch areas in a break room

Boardwalk Disinfecting Wipes

Boardwalk Disinfecting Wipes

  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean your desk at least once a day
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean off all surfaces such as pens, phones, computer mouse, keyboard, even your stapler
Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer

  • Keep hand sanitizer at your desk and use it immediately after every meeting or conference
  • Keep hand sanitizer in the break room to reinforce healthy hand hygiene behaviors

Hopefully these tips will help keep you healthy at the office. Remember: Spray, Wipe, Sanitize, Repeat!

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