As yesterday’s post revealed, the average office desk could contain more than 400 times more bacteria than the typical toilet seat, which is a pretty shocking fact. To follow on from this horrifying revelation, here are some tips and tricks to keep your desk and office space clean and sanitary.

Hand-sanitizer, everywhere

Our post revealed that 1 in 4 office workers fail to wash their hands after using the bathroom, this likely to spread a significant amount of germs all around the office. Perhaps it’s the time taken washing and drying hands that puts people off the easy and extremely necessary task of hand-washing, and so hand-sanitizers could solve this problem.

Easily accessible dotted around the entire office, but especially near restrooms and kitchen areas, should encourage hand-washing among employees and reduce the amount of harmful bacteria passing through the workspace.

Cut the crumbs

Look closely at your keyboard, and you’ll likely spot crumbs in the cracks between the keys. A ring of coffee left on your coaster or grease coating your mouse; eating at your desk isn’t good for cleanliness or productivity (as our previous post explained).

Putting restrictions on where to eat in the office will be beneficial in keeping desk areas crumb-free. Alternatively, if no dedicated eating space is available or employees can’t bear to leave their desk, provide cleaning wipes or similar and implement rules and cleaning routines.

Make cleaning easy

If your desk is covered in clutter and dust, having a deep clean can look like a mission. Reduce the amount of dust and dirt built up by having anti-bacterial wipes and sprays available for employees to use, at easy reach. Great for those who want to eat at their desk but still keep it clean, and generally great for killing germs and keeping the workforce happy, organised and healthy.

Have a good bin and recycling system in place too, which is easy to navigate and clean. Ensure it’s emptied each day to reduce foul-smelling odours or risk of overflowing, either by a rota system among employees or by a dedicated cleaner.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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