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When Did You Last Clean Your Desk at Work?

Be honest, do you clean your workstation regularly? Or, like most people, do you tend to leave it until the layer of dust on the base of your monitor becomes so thick you could write your name in it? You might not find it a top priority to clean your desk on a regular basis, but if you knew that the average desk harbours 10 million bacteria, which is 400 more than a toilet seat – would that motivate you to do something about it?

Let’s look at a few other statistics:

  • The average office desk holds 100 times more germs than a kitchen worktop
  • Your keyboard, chair and mouse contain 21,000 germs per square inch
  • Over half of all office workers eat their lunch at their desk
  • We touch our faces up to 16 times every hour

(Source: http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2012/10/germs-in-the-workplace)

So now that we have the facts, we can see that it really is important to clean our desks more than just once every few months. Ideally, you should clean your workstation every day, but once a week is probably more realistic. Not only will this encourage you to keep your workstation organised, but it will also help to reduce the risk of you picking up some nasty bugs from the plethora of bacteria cultivating on your desk. Incidentally, this could also help to reduce sickness absence within the organisation.

What types of office cleaning products should you be using?

There are all sorts of handy products and gadgets designed to help you to keep your office desk clean. As most of us are pushed for time when at work, it’s fine to use disposable wipes to save having to wash dusters and cloths. You can buy specialist screen and keyboard wipes wPressurised air keyboard cleanerhich won’t leave smears on your computer screen and are also simple and quick to use. Pressurised air dusters are perfect for blowing the dust and sandwich crumbs from between your keyboard keys and other tricky to reach areas. Don’t forget to give your telephone handset a clean with a sanitising wipe, as telephones are notorious for harbouring unhealthy germs.

 

How else can you reduce the build-up of bacteria on your desk?

The simplest solution is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly. Use a hand sanitising gel before and after you eat, and give your desk a wipe with an anti-bacterial wipe if you really do have to eat at your desk. Most importantly – if you are unwell, stay away from work! Try and work from home if you feel up to it, but your colleagues and bosses really won’t appreciate it if you share your unwanted germs with everyone else in the office.

Set up a cleaning rota with everyone in the office so that you all make use of your office cleaning supplies once a week. If you need your stock replenishing, feel free to visit the Discount Office UK website at http://discountofficeuk.co.uk/ or give the team a call on 0800 298 5742.