How Clean is Your Office Really?

Are you one of the millions of Americans who works in an office for 40 hours each week (or more!)? If so, you may be unknowingly sitting in a cesspool of germs and bacteria every day at work. According to a recent national survey of more than 300 American workers, more than half of them say their office is so unclean that they use a paper towel or handkerchief to open doors. Yikes! Sounds like they could use a better cleaning service. So how clean is your office really? Read on to find out just how dirty your office can be.

The Office Kitchen: Three of the top five “bad behaviors” cited in the survey occur in the office kitchen! Not cleaning the coffee pot, leaving dishes in the office sink and leaving food in the fridge until it goes bad are just a few of the common dirty behaviors seen in an office setting. Talk about a breeding ground for bacteria, not to mention the awful smell! In fact, half of all kitchen surfaces are contaminated with dangerous levels of bacteria. The solution? Regular cleaning, of course!

Your Desk: You may not know it, but your desk is DIRTY! There are 21,000 germs per square inch on your mouse, keyboard and chair. Additionally, your desk itself is home to about 10 million bacteria — that’s 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat! More than half of Americans eat at their desks, and based on these statistics, food isn’t the only thing that’s entering their bodies. How many germs have you touched today?

The Bathroom: Office bathrooms can host around 500 to a few thousand fecal bacteria per square centimeter. And that bacteria can get on your hands every time you flush the toilet, turn on the sink or even touch the door handle. Too much of this bacteria can make you sick, and if your office bathroom hasn’t been properly cleaned, it can quickly become a danger zone for employees.

Keep your office clean! OpenWorks can create office environments built to the specific needs of employers and their employees. We specialize in office cleaning. Facility maintenance and cleanliness is our top priority! Give us a call today or fill out the form below to find out how we can help you with all of your cleaning and maintenance service needs.

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