A clean workplace is a happy, productive workplace. Not only is a clean, clutter-free workplace cathartic for workers, it can promote better mental health, increase productivity, help prevent illness, and boost the overall office morale.
While it is the employer’s responsibility to keep workplace cleanliness standards high enough to avoid health risks, there are still several ways the average person can help keep it clean while at work. One part of staying clean and healthy is knowing where to clean, which is something that Anago Newark has mastered. We would like to share this information with you.
Do you think you already have what it takes to be a master of the custodial arts? If so, you might want to consider purchasing your very own Anago franchise! Regardless, whether you’re a master at cleaning or simply someone who wants to start forming better habits at your workplace, the following tip sheet will help you on your way.
Follow these seven simple tips to keep your workplace clean while protecting yourself against the billions of bacteria and viruses that surround you each day while at work.
- Did you know studies have found that keyboards—like the one that’s in front of you right now—have five times the amount of bacteria as a toilet seat? Cleaning and sanitizing your keyboard can be easy and should be done at least once per week. First, use a can of compressed air to blow out the cracks and crevices. Next, dip some cotton balls in alcohol or another sanitizer and run it along the edges of each key. Lastly, give the keyboard a quick wipe with a soft cloth that you’ve moistened with your sanitizer.
- Have the right cleaning supplies and equipment on-hand and available in communal areas. EPA-registered disinfection products and microfiber mops** (not old mop-and-buckets) are the safest, most effective options when it comes to deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. Why do microfiber mops catch contaminants better than traditional mops? Because the tiny fibers are cut in such a way as to “hook” dirt, dust, and bacteria.
- Take a proactive step and stockpile plenty hand sanitizing wipes. You can also make hand hygiene a no-brainer by using touchless paper towel & soap dispensers. All hand sanitizer is not created equally! Did you know that those tiny packets of hand sanitizing wipes are more effective than gel hand sanitizer? If you’re someone whose hands dry out and crack from using hand sanitizer, you should make sure that the wipes you choose don’t exceed a 95% alcohol level. The ideal hand sanitizing wipe will have at least a 60% alcohol content in order to keep your hands cleaner than if they had been washed in soapy, hot water.
- Don’t spread germs to office snacks and meals. Instead of putting your germy hands into a big snack bag over and over again, portion out your office snacks into small plastic containers or bags to avoid contaminating your food. Keep your work space clean and organized as well. Papers, pens, and even food left sitting on your desk will collect bacteria and you can’t spray those types of items down effectively on a regular basis. You can craft a makeshift pencil and pen holder by saving an old tube of toilet paper and gluing a cardboard bottom to it. You can even get crafty and wrap it in wallpaper or color it to make it more stylish.
- A whopping 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch! So, whatever you do, stop touching your face and rubbing your eyes so much. This can be hard to do considering the average worker touches their face at least once every four minutes. Most cross-contamination of this type is caused by transmission from hand to mouth, so it’s important to pay attention to what you do with your hands. Try to get in the habit of not touching your hands to your face so much, keep them busy with a stress ball. Keeping tissues handy helps, too.
- It may be gross to think of how many germs there are on your desk or workstation. That doesn’t change the fact that they are there. Sanitize your desk once per day and other working surfaces regularly for a clean work space that (hopefully!) won’t make you sick. An added bonus to regular desk cleanings is that you’ll be forced to keep your space organized, too. There is a variety of heavy-duty sanitizing wipes with milder scents for those with sensitive noses.
- Stop dirt, bacteria and moisture in its tracks by putting out a heavy-duty welcome mat at the entrances and exits of your workplace. Just think of all the contaminants and trash that we come across each day. Now picture yourself dragging it all with you through your workplace. That’s exactly what will happen if your workplace doesn’t have an entry mat. Not only will having a heavy-duty entry mat prevent cross- contamination throughout the workplace, it will also help stop slips and falls on wet mornings. It will also extend the life of your carpeting.
The previous tips can be utilized whether your workplace already has a cleaning service or not. Just remember to be courteous to your co-workers, clean up your own messes, focus on preventing cross-contamination, and stop touching your face so much! You should now feel confident armed with the knowledge to keep your workplace clean and clutter free.
Sometimes you may run into a mess that may be too big or too dirty for you to take care of, or you may just be too busy working to take time out of your day and clean up. In these cases you can always reach out and give Anago Newark a call. No mess is too big and no mess is too small.
** Anago Newark uses EPA-certified cleaners and microfiber mops to achieve superior cleaning and infection control results.