It’s no secret that Americans work hard. The average American works almost 35 hours a week and some work even longer than that.
But whether you’re working part-time, full-time or working from home, chances are good you’re being exposed to a lot of germs. The average desk is home to 10 million bacteria and most of the everyday equipment used in an office is covered in bacteria too.
On average, office phones have 25,127 germs per square inch. In an office setting, the average keyboard, chair and computer mouse harbor some 21,000 germs per square inch.
Chances are those statistics cause you to raise an eyebrow or two. They may even make you reach out to commercial cleaners or professional cleaners who do routine maintenance at your office and ask them to clean your work space more thoroughly. But, the fact is that germs are everywhere, on every surface and you come into contact with thousands of them.
The statistics on workplace germs might be a little unsettling, but there are many cleaning tips and tricks you can use to keep your work space as germ-free as possible without the aid of a custom cleaning service. These tips work great for home or apartment cleaning too if you have a home office.
- Use Post-It notes to clean crumbs from your keyboard.
- Cut down on your paperwork by marking documents with dates and how long you might expect to need them for.
- Wipe the grime from the inside of the office microwave by running the microwave for 3-5 minutes with some wet paper towel inside. When it’s done running, wipe up the grime with the paper towel. The steam from the towels helps soften those stubborn globs that won’t come off.
- To cut down on desktop clutter, only keep what you really need. Free knick-knacks from trade shows are fun, but if they’re causing clutter on your desk, ditch them and hold on to the important things like family photos and mementos.
- If your trash bin at your desk is always messy, try putting newspaper in the bottom to help absorb any liquids.
- Ease the frustration of tangled computer chords by using binder clips to keep them organized.
- Use a label maker to keep track of everything from files to storage bins to important papers.
- Straighten up your work space at the end of the day so you have a clean desk to come back to the next day. Try wiping the top of your desk down with antibacterial wipes and using Lysol wipes or spray to clean your keyboard, mouse and phone or headset.
In addition to these tips, you can everyone in your office a favor by staying home if you’re sick. One out of three people go to work when they’re sick and while they may be able to tough it out, they’re putting their co-workers at risk. By regularly cleaning, offices can reduce office absenteeism by 46%. The same goes for apartment cleaning; wipe down tables, countertops and door handles to eliminate germs.
According to a National Health Interview Survey, influenza alone is responsible for 200 million days of diminished productivity and 75 million days of work absence. Flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours, so those germs plus the thousands already floating around in the office can leave workers very susceptible to illness. Employees in a clean office have an 80% reduced probability of catching the common cold or influenza. Keep that in mind if you’re doing home or apartment cleaning; you won’t have to miss work or worry about getting sick if your environment is clean.
For all the tips listed above, the fact is that not everyone likes cleaning. Hiring a cleaning service or an maid service for office, home or apartment cleaning can save a lot of hassle and time. In fact, the family that cleans daily gains back 730 days or 30 days a year if they clean or hire house cleaning services. Cleaning services can have your home or office looking its best.
If your workplace or home is in need of cleaning, the cleaning tips listed above can be a huge help, but a cleaning service can also leave your office or home spic and span.