Most cleaners will dust down the phones and keyboards in your office at least once a week, and even go over them with a damp cloth, but is that really enough to get rid off all the bacteria, dust, make-up and other detritus that builds up on your communication equipment every day?
In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for office workers to be the sole user of their telephone or computer. Today, with hot-desking and flexible working, there’s a lot more shared equipment, and this has increased the risk of cross-infection. It’s why we recommend that all phones, handsets, headsets, buttons, and cords are regularly and thoroughly cleaned with alcohol wipes and sanitisers. Keyboards, a particularly rich breeding ground for bacteria, need the same treatment in addition to vacuuming and brushing out the dust and crumbs that have collected underneath the keys.
An average office keyboard may harbor 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, so it’s no exaggeration to say that they represent a significant health hazard, especially with the increase in office workers eating at their desk.
80% of common infections are transmitted by touch, and a typical office worker might come into contact with up to 10 million bacteria every day, many of which will cause illnesses serious enough to warrant an absence from work. Some viruses, including influenza and the common cold, can survive on hard surfaces, like desks, telephones and keyboards for up to 24 hours.
You can’t eliminate all the bacteria and viruses, and a basic clean is always better than nothing, but there is no substitute for a deep clean using alcohol wipes and sanitisers. A deep clean will have a real impact on the levels of viruses and bacteria lurking on office equipment and can help cut illnesses and sick leave by reducing the risk of infection.
Billions are lost to the economy every year through staff illness, and with average absences lasting 9 days, taking steps to reduce the risks of infection from unsanitary office equipment will always be time and money well spent.