Is Your Computer Mouse, Dirtier Than The Office Toilet?

Dirty Computer MouseWe’ve heard plenty about how dirty and unhygienic computer keyboards are. So much so in fact that you may now be viewing yours with suspicion. Yet it’s not just your keyboard you need to worry about. Your computer mouse can be almost as dirty as that keyboard, according to research.

Few people would touch their toilet seat without washing their hands thoroughly afterwards. However research has found that the average computer mouse actually carries around three times as much bacteria as the average toilet seat. One exploration of this topic found 1676 microbes on every square inch of the average office mouse. In contrast toilet seats usually have around 49 microbes per square inch. We clean these regularly for obvious reasons, and yet a computer mouse seems so much more innocent than this, doesn’t it?

“One survey found only 3% of offices do a satisfactory job of cleaning their office equipment,” said a spokesperson for Procare Cleaning. “This shows just how important it is to hire the right cleaning team to keep an office clean and healthy for everyone working there. If this doesn’t happen, the likelihood of germs and bugs being passed from one person to another on a regular basis becomes ever more likely.”

With a recent survey showing as many as one-third of people neglecting to wash their hands after using the toilet, it stands to reason computer mice can be at risk of harbouring and spreading some nasty germs on a daily basis.

Regular Office Cleaning Essential When Workers Eat at Their Desks

Eating At Work DeskLast year a poll by phone company O2 found nearly 16 million office workers never took a full lunch break. Furthermore the push to save money has, for many of us, led to more instances of packed lunches being taken into the office. According to the BBC TV programme “Back In Time For Dinner” this trend started in the 1980’s when Marks and Spencer created the first pre packaged sandwich (salmon and tomato incidentally).

This has helped lead to a perfect storm of many millions of workers eating lunch at their desks every day. Another piece of research seemed to back this up, revealing that around 60% of workers choose to eat lunch at their desk – some while continuing to work.

While this means few get a proper breather and a break from work at lunchtime to recharge their batteries. There are other concerns too. It’s not hard to find statistics pointing to how unhygienic office desks and equipment can be.

Eating food at your desk merely reinforces the chance of working with a dirty keyboard and mouse. Crumbs can and will get caught up in the keys and if workers have sticky fingers they can transfer tiny amounts of food or grease over to their keys and mouse too. If these aren’t cleaned they can lead to bacteria multiplying and potentially making workers ill.

“Good office cleanliness is essential if offices are to reduce their current rates of sickness,” said a spokesperson for Procare Cleaning. “There are some instances where the main office space may be cleaned but the service does not extend to cleaning all the office equipment. This would need to be done daily in order to prevent these ‘lunchtime germs’ from affecting the health of those working in that space.”