Regular Phone Cleaning Can Reduce Office Sickness Levels

Dirty Office TelephoneGerms can sweep through an office in a matter of hours if they are given the chance. While regular office cleaning can help prevent the spread of germs, it is important to make sure the right areas are being cleaned on a daily basis. This is particularly important if people are sharing computers and other equipment.

However while computer keyboards can harbour germs so they can infect plenty of people within a short period of time, telephones are often the dirtiest items in any office. Many people use them and they are lifted up to the face and mouth, which means we can ingest bacteria without even realising it.

Reducing the instance of sickness

“Telephones may not always look dirty but there can be thousands of bacteria multiplying on the average office phone without anyone realising,” said a spokesman for Procare Cleaning. “If people wait until the phones look a bit grubby before cleaning them, the chances are they will already have spread bacteria among the entire office. It only takes a couple of people to use the phone and catch that bacteria to then start spreading it among others.”

Clearly regular phone cleaning should be part of any office cleaning protocol. By disinfecting and deodorising the phones every day, the amount of bacteria that is allowed to multiply on the phones will vastly decrease. This could help prevent many workers in the office from falling ill, and in turn the business can stay productive and keep on running.

Good Office Hygiene & Cleaning Prevents the Spread of Norovirus

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If you work in an office you’ll likely have heard about the dreaded norovirus at one time or another. This is also called the winter vomiting bug and it comes on suddenly and is very unpleasant for the 24 to 48 hours you are affected by it. It also spreads fast and people can be contagious before they even realise they are ill. Unfortunately you can also get it during the summer, not just in the winter, despite the name.

As such it is easy to see how a whole office and indeed small business could be wiped out as one by one people start coming down with this virus.

So how can it be stopped?

“Regular commercial office cleaning can certainly help limit the spread of the virus,” a spokesman for Procare Cleaning said. “Keeping all surfaces clean means there is less chance of the virus being able to survive outside the body and infect other people. Given that you can be contagious even before you fall ill, there is a window of opportunity for the virus to spread from one person to another.”

Good personal hygiene at all times can also mean the office space stays far cleaner for longer. By using hand sanitizers regularly it is possible to avoid getting the illness from other people before they fall ill.

As such, while office cleaning can help reduce the instance of norovirus affecting the office population, it is a great idea for everyone in the office to practise good hygiene at all times as well.