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With the COVID-19 pandemic, staying safe and clean is more important than ever before, however, public spaces can house thousands of germs. Light switches, door handles, community kitchens, sink faucets – you name it, there are probably germs nesting on it. Consider how many surfaces you touch every day. If you touch it, several other people most likely touched it before you. Find out where the most germs in public places exist and how you can avoid them with tips from ServiceMaster Clean.

Germs In Doctors’ Offices

Visiting a doctor’s office is unavoidable. However, it’s not exactly the place you’d want to be if you needed to avoid germs. Offices including your general practitioner, a paediatrician and urgent care are riddled with germs from sick patients. Writing utensils, chairs, doorknobs and exam tables likely cling to germs, putting you at risk for exposure.

How To Avoid Them

To avoid germs at a doctor’s office, follow these tips:

  • Pack your own tissues and hand sanitisers.
  • Sit far away from other sick patients to put space between yourself and their germs.
  • Bring your own reading material.
  • When taking your child to the doctor, bring his or her favourite toys to keep them from touching germ-infested toys at the office.

Germs In Restaurants

While health officers may inspect restaurant kitchens to ensure practices are hygienic, the same inspection doesn’t occur in the restaurant’s seating area. Here, hidden germs can multiply in areas that aren’t sanitised as often as they should be. For example, restaurant menus are quickly handed from one guest to the next. Condiment bottles and salt and pepper shakers typically aren’t wiped down in between guests, either. Even the booth you’re sitting in may not be completely germ-free before you sit down.

How To Avoid Them When They Reopen

To avoid germs in a restaurant, follow these tips:

  • Sanitise condiment bottles or use a disinfectant wipe before you touch them.
  • Ask the server to wipe down the booth with a sanitiser cloth before you sit.
  • Never let your menu touch your plate or silverware.
  • Keep silverware on a napkin or your plate, never on the table.

Germs In Bathrooms

Even when regularly cleaned, public bathrooms contain plenty of germs. Germs can be found on the toilet seat handle, stall handle, bathroom faucet, and bathroom door, among other areas. To help cut down on the amount of germ transfer, many public restrooms today have installed hands-free devices like toilets, sinks and dryers. However, germs can still spread.

How To Avoid Them

If the public restroom you’re visiting doesn’t have handle-free equipment, you can avoid germs by following these tips:

  • Use a paper towel to touch handles.
  • Never set things like jackets or purses on the bathroom floor.
  • Don’t stick around after the toilet flushes, since the force could cause bacteria to fly into the air and land on your clothes.
  • If you can manage, try flushing the toilet with your foot to avoid touching the handle.
  • Learn how to wash your hands properly so they stay clean in every public space.

Germs In Offices

Offices are filled with shared workspaces that build up germs. Surfaces like the printer, fax machine, coffee maker, refrigerator, telephones and desks can go weeks or even months without being sanitized, putting you at risk for illness.

How To Avoid Them

To avoid germs at work, follow these tips:

  • Use a printable office cleaning checklist to keep your space neat and tidy.
  • Sanitize your work station daily.
  • Designate an employee in your office to be in charge of sanitizing common areas, like the kitchen or conference room.
  • Use a professional cleaning service to deeply clean your office and create a healthier work environment.

If you need a professional cleaning service to sanitize your public space, call the experts at ServiceMaster Clean our genuine commitment to offering you the best service with the proper tools, equipment, training and expertise, we can be there for you 24/7, any day of the year. Find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean to find out more today.

Considering we spend most of our lives at work, having a clean, germ-free office is important for many different reasons.

Let’s fight back against those pesky germs, have a cleaner and healthier office!

1.  Dirty Doors

Starting from the entrance to your office building, a door handle or door/lift button has a large number of bacteria, due to the number of people walking in and out of the building every day.

The door handle in your office that has the most germs is guaranteed to be the toilet door handle. A few surveys over the last few years have revealed that one in four of the UK population does not wash their hands after going to the toilet! YUCK!

TipUse anti-bacterial gel as much as you can.

2.  Filthy Fridge

With healthier eating becoming more popular, staff are starting to bring their own lunch into the office more and popping it into the office fridge.

A lot of staff then not surprisingly forget about what they put in the fridge, because instead, they feel like going out with their work colleagues.

The food is then left to go mouldy and the office fridge is one of those places that you just don’t think to clean.

Tip Introduce a fridge cleaning schedule to your employees to clean out unwanted food every week.

3.  Dusty Desk & Phone

The most amount of time in any office workers day is spent at their desk, so no wonder this area has the most germs throughout the whole of the office! Yes, even dirtier than the office toilets!

Your office phone can be the dirtiest item in the office, so keeping it clean is very important for a healthier workplace.

Another germ thriving culprit is your pen, the reason being a lot of us chew it! I am one of those pen chewing culprits, so shame on me!

Tip #1 Wipe your desk phone every morning with an anti-bacterial wipe.
Tip #2 Stop chewing your pen! I solemnly swear I will stop, only if you do as well though!

4.  Messy Mouse & Keyboard

Your mouse and keyboard alone can have more bacteria per square inch than a toilet seat!

If you work on a hot-desk, then the number of bacteria only increases and it isn’t just your bacteria! YUCK!

Tip Use anti-bacterial wipes or a cleaning spray, then wipe your keyboard and mouse with a clean tissue.

5.  Germ Riddling Rucksack

Yes, your rucksack has a surprising number of germs on it! The reasons for this being, your bag is put down all over the office, including sometimes the toilet floor.

Tip Keep hold of your bag until you get to your desk and clean your bag every so often at home.

6.  Mucky Mug

There is always that lonely mug that is sat on someone’s desk at the end of the day, while all his other mug friends are in the dishwasher, or all cleaned, sitting comfortably on the side.

That mug left on the desk is then used again the next day without being washed! That is a big no no and this particular person in the office needs to get out of this habit!

TipRinse your mug after every cuppa, and at the end of the day make sure it is put in the dishwasher or washed up!

7.  Germ Polluted Printer

Your printer and/or photocopier is used a lot during a day’s work by a numerous amount of people. So, the buttons on these items are riddling with germs by the end of the day!

TipJust give it a wipe again with an anti-bacterial wipe, after every time you use it. If you start this habit, others should follow you!

8. Water Cooler

The dirtiest thing in your office may surprise you, it is the water cooler! With this being used the most in the office and staff standing around chatting, germs are spread around the water cooler more than any other place in the office!

Tip – Just give the water cooler a wipe every day, especially the nozzle, just with a wet cloth.

Bonus Germ Hotspot – Gruesome Guests

A bonus germ hotspot for you is the guests that come to your office! You know your workers, their habits and how often they clean, but with guests, you have no idea!

The guest that has just walked through your door could have just been wrestling pigs in a pig-pen and only rinsed his hands and not washed them properly, therefore riddling with germs!

Tip Offer your guest a drink and hope they say yes so you can secretly go and wash your hands or use some anti-bacterial hand gel.

Here are ServiceMaster Clean UK we can take over your office cleaning and make sure all of these hotspots are cleaned thoroughly apart from the guests obviously!

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