- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On November 3, 2017
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As we approach cold and flu season, we do our best to find ways to keep our employees, our families, and our customers healthy. However, as we battle the fight against germs, there are often many places we don’t even realize are covered in germs and bacteria that make us sick! We know the importance of washing our hands frequently, of covering our cough, but there are many seemingly harmless common-touch areas that are dirtier than a toilet seat! The best form of defense is a good offense, and at Sonlight Cleaning Service, we want to help you stay healthy this cold and flu season.
It is disturbing to think that anything could be dirtier than a toilet seat, but the scary truth was exposed by WebMD when they sent a research team to swab test over 4,500 surfaces in a wide variety of office buildings housing over 3,000 employees total. What they found was shocking! The top six dirtiest places are:
1. Break Room Sink Faucet Handles
We like to think that the place we go to clean our hands and coffee cups is clean, but WebMD researchers found this to be one of the dirtiest places in the office. We can prevent germ transfer from the faucet to our hands by using a paper towel to turn off the water when we are done, but Sonlight Cleaning Service has you covered! Not only do we daily wipe off sink faucet handles, we also will wipe out the sink and the counter top surrounding it!
2. Microwave Door Handles
It’s hard to swallow the fact that the very place you put your food is one of the dirtiest places in your office. Thankfully, Sonlight Cleaning Service will wipe out not only the handles of your microwave, but also the interior as well! This will not only help prevent the spread of illness, but it will also prevent the build up of food spills and overall cleanliness of your daily food preparations.
It is important to clean your keyboard often with a microfiber cloth that is slightly dampened with alcohol. You can even use disinfectant wipes, but remember you want to turn off your laptop, or unplug and remove batteries from your keyboard as you disinfect. Always dry your keyboard off with a dry microfiber cloth and allow the device to sit before turning the device back on again. A great time to do this is before you leave for work on Fridays! Always be sure to check the manual for your computer keyboard for their suggestions on how to keep your keyboard clean to prevent damage to your device.
4. Refrigerator Door Handles
This is another common-touch area that is often assumed to be clean, but is actually transferring germs to our hands and then to our food! Sonlight Cleaning Service will wipe the refrigerator exterior and handle to eliminate fingerprints and germs daily!
5. Water Fountain Buttons
Water fountains in general made the top dirtiest places list, and Sonlight Cleaning Service is well aware of the germs that can accumulate on a water fountains. That’s why we give water fountains a good wipe down covering not only the dirty buttons, but also the mouthpiece and the fountain basin. Not only does daily cleaning of water fountains fight germs, it will also prevent the build up of hard water stains caused by water sitting on its surface.
6. Vending Machine Buttons
Your Sonlight Cleaning Service crew will wipe off the surface of your vending machine on a nightly basis, but it is commonly recommended to take extra care of the buttons on your machine by using rubbing alcohol and using the same process you would with any electronic device. After you or your IT disinfects the keyboard, run that same cloth over your vending buttons to fight germs and the spread of illness. Remember, you want to promptly dry the buttons to prevent damage to your machine. And, again, check the manual for the best suggested method of keeping those buttons clean without causing damage to your machine!
It is hard to believe that these seemingly harmless places, some where you even prepare and store your food, are the dirtiest places in your office! As you can see, at Sonlight Cleaning Service, we take care of the dirtiest common touch places in your office on a nightly basis! Also, if you let us know that you have illness going around your office, we will be sure to boost our sanitizing routine to help you keep germs at bay and prevent the spread of illness. Call Sonlight Cleaning Service today, and get your business cold and flu season ready!