How Clean Is Your Office?

How Clean Is Your Office?

As many businesses prepare to return to work, it is crucial that commercial spaces are cleaned thoroughly, frequently and to the required standards, so as to minimise risks of COVID-19 and keep employees safe.

From desks to cupboards; keyboards to carpets, trying to keep on top of office cleaning can be tedious, but the unwelcome reality is that offices are a breeding ground for bacteria and so it’s important that they undergo thorough, professional cleaning.

As you’ll soon discover, there is a whole host of shocking facts regarding the cleanliness of office equipment and furniture. For those who believe themselves vigilant against dirt and germs in the office, looks can be deceiving and it might be time to ask yourself, just how clean really is your office?

With this in mind, here are some key aspects of office life which could be causing germ-related issues.

Time to Clean Your Desk

Did you know, the average office desk is said to contain 400 times more germs than a toilet seat? Humans are the number one cause of bacteria in the office and as “hot desking” becomes increasingly popular, the risk of spreading bacteria becomes greater also.

With the sharing of desks, comes the sharing of equipment such as phones, which in itself, causes an obvious issue. With hands and mouths in such close proximity to one another, the transmission of germs is all too easy.

No Keyboard is Safe

80% of infections are transmitted through touch, and with the mouse and keyboard both used frequently throughout the day, it’s unsurprising that they yield some of the highest levels of bacteria.

Some studies suggest that on the average keyboard, there can be up to 3,500 bacteria per surface. What with 46% of workers admitting to sanitising their keyboard less than once per month, it’s safe to say that your keyboard is likely overdue a clean.

Beware of Office Eating

Today’s time pressured lifestyle means that around 67% of employees regularly eat lunch at the desk. As well as causing unproductivity among employees, eating at the desk is likely to welcome a whole host of nasty bacteria. Dirty cutlery is often left behind, and keyboards become a cosy home for crumbs, hair and even skin.

Check Your Shared Spaces/Equipment

It’s not just desk spaces which harbour bacteria: many shared spaces and equipment are often overlooked, such as;

  • Photocopiers
  • Door handles
  • Coffee pot/dispensers
  • Water fountains
  • Vending machine buttons

Every year, staff sickness and absences cost the UK economy nearly £12 billion in lost revenues. Ensuring that the workplace is clean and free from nasty bacteria is a simple way of reducing the number of staff absences within your business.

A dirty environment not only affects physical health, but also the mental wellbeing of employees. As there is a direct correlation between increased productivity in the workplace and a clean environment, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your offices are kept to a high standard of cleanliness at all times.

Go Professional

We understand the difficulty of upkeeping office cleaning, so why not simply outsource the job to professionals?

Here at Elite Facilites Management, we offer an exceptional commercial cleaning service so that you can be assured that your premises is hygienic, germ-free and a pleasant environment to work in.

Our bespoke cleaning plan details the specific cleaning requirements for your business, and we always provide access to our expert cleaners at a time convenient for you. With our flexible, 30-day rolling contract, there is no need to make long term commitments.

Get in touch with our team today to find out more about how we can help you keep your office clean. Call:  01452 764355.



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