Let’s face it. Even though a workplace looks neat and clean, it can still be a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, and airborne pollutants. In most facilities, work areas are shared by multiple people and not everybody takes the care they should to keep things clean.
A desk in the average workplace can be 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat, according to a study done by University of Arizona researcher Dr. Charles Gerba. His team found that the average desktop can contain as much as 10 million bacteria. That’s 21,000 bacteria, viruses, and fungi per square inch!
Germs Can Stay Active for Months
Some of these germs can linger and remain active for months. MRSA, E.Coli, Staphylococcus, salmonella, norovirus, and coliforms are frequently found in office settings. These microbes can lead to flu, diarrhea, pink eye, and even more serious diseases.
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Even if you are meticulous in cleaning your personal workspace, common areas can be a problem. The study showed that 91% of sink faucet handles, 80% of breakroom microwaves, 53% of water fountain buttons, and 48% of coffee pots and dispensers had high bacteria counts.
When someone is coughing or sneezing around the office, we take care to avoid contact with them. Many companies will send employees home when they are sick to stop them from infecting others. This can help, but 80% of infections such as the flu are spread by contact with surfaces that have been contaminated, not from coughs or sneezes.
Germs also travel through the air and can cause all sorts of breathing problems. The Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly 30% of those suffering from Adult Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may be attributed to exposure at work.
Yes, the workplace can indeed be a dirty place.
Commercial Cleaning Companies Keep Your Employees Safe and Healthy
As an employer, you have a responsibility to your employees to provide a safe and healthy environment. You want to keep your employees healthy and avoid lost productivity due to illness and absenteeism. It’s a real problem. As many as 4.2 million workers have missed work due to illness during just a one-month period tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Experts estimate that businesses lose more than $225 billion annually from sickness in the workplace.
Hiring the best commercial cleaning company can improve the quality of your workplace and keep your team healthy. By diligently cleaning surfaces and going beyond basic vacuuming, dusting, and mopping, commercial cleaning companies can sanitize your workplace. Cleaning surfaces the proper way with the right cleaning agents can reduce bacteria on the surface by up to 100%.
An experienced and reputable commercial cleaning company will take the time to clean in a way that not only mitigates common germs but improves the health of your workplace. Professional commercial cleaning companies train their service providers on industry best practices to achieve the most effective results. This practice significantly reduces the number of allergens, dust, and germs.
A commercial cleaning company that uses low-impact cleaning chemicals and equipment can help improve indoor air quality. Green cleaning products are environmentally friendly and cut down on the number of chemicals that are used in the cleaning process.
A top commercial cleaning company like OpenWorks allows your employees to work in a sanitary environment. This results in fewer sick days and happier employees.
Beyond the germs and illness, an excellent commercial cleaning company will also help reduce workplace injuries. Most workplace injuries occur because of slips and falls. Slippery floors, wet floors, leaks and spills, and greasy surfaces can be dangerous. Choosing the right commercial cleaning company can make sure that floors have been properly cleaned and can mitigate the dangers.
A Reputable, Professional Commercial Cleaning Company
OpenWorks is a nationwide network of commercial janitorial service providers that create a noticeably cleaner, safer, and healthier workplace. We will work hard to keep your office clean and to improve the quality and health of your workplace.
We use environmentally friendly (green clean) and sustainable cleaning products along with low-impact cleaning equipment. These products help eliminate germs and improve air quality. Our people are experienced and trained in best practices to provide optimal cleaning in an efficient manner.
This is why, in an industry where customer retention rates are just slightly better than 50%, OpenWorks has a 98% customer retention rate. We get the job done right.
Request an estimate to learn more about how OpenWorks can create a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment for your facility, your employees, and your customers.