Think twice before dining at your desk

March 12th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

Many people often have to inhale a sandwich quickly while sat at their desk in order to make an important meeting or to get everything done before home time. However, maybe you’d think twice about desk dining if you knew how dirty your work station really is.

When was the last time you really looked at your keyboard, other than the odd glance to make sure you are hitting ‘A’ rather than ‘S’ when typing? If you were to examine it a little closer you would see crumbs from lunches eaten weeks ago, hairs and debris that you can’t identify. 

Computer keyboards are hotbeds for germs. In fact, researchers from the University of Arizona claim that it harbours 70 per cent more bacteria than the average toilet seat. In fact, you probably clean your loo more than you clean your work station.

Your entire desk can be up to 400 times dirtier than your toilet and the surfaces where you rest your hands when sitting are home to around 10,000 bacteria. Is that enough for you to put your sandwich down?

If you practice hot desking in your office, can you really be sure everybody using the same equipment exercises the same personal hygiene standards as yourself? Consider this: the office phone has around 25,000 germs per square inch, so when you put your lunch down to take a call how much of that bacteria is transferred to your sandwich?

It doesn’t have to be this way! You can clean and disinfect your workstation in a few simple steps.

To clean the keyboard, firstly, shutdown the computer, as you don’t want to break it, and unplug it from the tower. 

Work out some aggression by tipping it upside down and shaking it vigorously – prepare yourself for the loose debris that falls out. Or, alternatively, use a can of compressed air to blow the dirt out between the keys.

Most desktop keyboard letters are designed to be removed by a blunt object, such as a flathead screwdriver so take them all off and give the keys a scrub – just remember to put them back in the right order.

Clean the surface by giving the desk a wipe with a cloth coated with a mild anti-bacterial solution, making sure you get under all the equipment sitting on the surface. Wipe the phone using the same method.