How Often You Should Clean Your Workspace
While cleanliness is often relative and up to your personal standards, some suggest you should clean around the office frequently. Not only is it important for your personal hygiene, but it also affects your mental space. Here are a few suggested guidelines for cleaning your workplace, taken from WomensWeekly.com:
Cleaning office telephones
How often should you be cleaning your office telephones? It’s just you using your personal phone, right? Well, even if you are the sole use of your phone, according to the infographics done by the Cleaning Services Group in the UK, there is approximately 25,127 microbes per square inch on your office telephone. That’s almost 500 times more than what’s on your average toilet bowl. And don’t even get us started on your cellphone.
Don’t worry! Experts suggest you just need to clean your office phone at least once per week. Antibacterial wipes will do just fine!
Now, it seems odd to clean your keyboard - you’re constantly using it! Well, exactly the reason you should. Whenever you eat at your desk, sneeze or forget to wash your hands after coming back from the bathroom, your office keyboard usually gets contaminated first. About 80% of infections usually spread from contact with contaminated surfaces. This may be why you’re getting sick. So clean your keyboard at least once a week. And make sure to wipe it over after every time you eat at your desk or sneeze.
The office mouse contains about 1,676 microbes per square inch so a wipe down with antibacterial wipe is sufficient. However, do take the time thoroughly clean your mouse with a sanitizer or a cotton bud.
Wipe down your desk at least twice a week. Again, eating at your desk, sneezing, or forgetting to wash your hands after you go to the bathroom spreads all over your workspace!
You can wipe this down at least once every three weeks. Your screen also attracts bad stuff, and although you’re not constantly touching the screen, it still builds up bacteria. Germs from sneezing, coughing, or even talking will stick to your screen.