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Having a clean and tidy desk in your office can boost productivity amongst other things, here are our top 5 reasons why you should have a clean desk.

Health

The average desk can host more bacteria than a toilet seat… ew.

This is usually due to people eating at their desks and not cleaning up afterwards, so make sure you do!

Cleaning your desk by wiping it down and ensuring frequently used items such as your keyboard and mouse are cleaned and sanitised on a regular basis will help stop the spread of germs and illness to you and your employees in the office.

Boost productivity

Nobody wants a cluttered workspace, do they? It’s been proven that a cluttered workspace can have a negative impact on productivity.

By keeping your desk organised and in the same place all the time will ensure you’ve made this a habit, meaning you’ll do it without thinking, giving your brain more valuable thinking time! Therefore, being a lot more productive at work.

Don’t stress

Don’t put more stress on yourself than you need to.

Similar to affecting your productivity a cluttered and dirty desk can increase stress by making it increasingly difficult to concentrate on your current task. Just take a quick few minutes every evening before you finish to clean and tidy your desk so you arrive the next morning in a welcoming environment.

First impressions count

Keeping your desk and the rest of the office is important to give your clients or guests the best first impression of your company.

Enforce a clean desk policy in your offices to ensure a good first impression is always accomplished.

Improved security

Don’t leave your desk cluttered, you could leave client information on the desk without knowing.

Again, with a clean desk policy, this will ensure all staff keep their desk tidy and put all important documents away at the end of each day, hence improving your office security.

Hire the professionals

At ServiceMaster, we understand the importance of ensuring that your premises are clean, hygienic and safe for you, your employees, and your customers. If you think it’s time to entrust the cleaning of your workplace to a high quality and professional commercial supplier, why not get in touch with us?

Click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean and learn more about our services today.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are all far more aware of the importance of good hygiene practices at work. Especially as winter starts in earnest, it’s vital to keep these up and be aware of what to do to maximise your office hygiene. This goes for the whole of your office – including washrooms, be they customer or staff toilets, or something else.

Here are some things to do in order to maintain your office washrooms:

Good hand hygiene

By now you’re probably sick of hearing about it, but with talk of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, it is important to remember to keep to high standards of hand hygiene by washing your hands or using a good hand sanitiser regularly. It’s also vital to keep stocked up on relevant cleaning supplies for this, such as soap in toilets and hand sanitiser stations throughout the office. These are high touchpoint areas, so make sure that these dispensers are cleaned regularly to avoid build-up of excess liquid and potential bacteria on the nozzles.

Use single-use disposable items

Be sure to use disposable items like paper towels instead of multi-use towels and air dryers with high touchpoints. You can also have antibacterial wipes on hand, should your customers and employees wish to wipe down any surfaces. Make sure that you have bins for these things to be disposed of safely, and that they are emptied and cleaned regularly…

Cleaning regularly

Cleaning your washrooms regularly and effectively is imperative to stopping the spread of infection. Toilets, taps, and sinks need to be cleaned frequently to avoid contamination from viruses like COVID-19 and influenza, which can survive on these surfaces for anywhere between a few hours to a number of days. Make sure this includes cleaning down everything in your washrooms, including sanitizing your cleaning supplies.

Hire a contract cleaning service

One of the many services that we offer at ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services is office washroom cleaning for both staff and customer toilets, and any other washrooms that you might have on your premises. Our tried and tested six-or-seven-step programme will ensure that all of your washrooms are kept clean, hygienic and presentable – as not only are they a hotspot for germs, but they are also essential in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal ills, and making a good impression on your clients.

To learn more about our washroom cleaning services, click here, and if you do want to trust your office cleaning to a highly qualified specialist, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean here.

Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to reduce the risk of infection and it’s important to wash your hands frequently and properly, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Here is the proper way to wash your hands as recommended by NHS:

How to Wash Your Hands Correctly

  1. Wash your hands under warm running water
  2. Apply soap and rub palms together to ensure complete coverage
  3. Spread the soap over the back of your hands
  4. Make sure the soap gets in between each of your fingers
  5. Grip the fingers on each hand, ensuring you cover each finger with soap
  6. Rub both thumbs into a clenched fist
  7. Press fingertips into the palm of each hand
  8. Rub your knuckles on the opposite palm
  9. Dry thoroughly with a disposable paper towel

Other Tips on Hand Washing

Your hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds, of which you can keep track of by singing Happy Birthday twice.

An acceptable alternative to hand washing is to use an alcohol-based sanitiser, with at least 60%. When possible, wash your hands using the above method as this is more effective against viruses.

Here is a graphic we put together to show you the different stages of the above method:

Download handwashing graphic here