How Dangerous Are Office Telephones?

Dirty Office TelephoneOf all the things you will find in a modern office, the telephone is surely one of the most innocent and unassuming items there is. However, when it comes to cleanliness, your office phone may not be as innocent as you think.

Research shows that the average office telephone packs in as many as 25,000 germs on every square inch. When you consider the size of a phone you can see it would be very easy for every phone in a single office to have hundreds of thousands of germs on it.

The importance of regular office cleaning

We will never be able to get rid of every germ on every phone, every minute of the day, but we can do a lot to get the numbers down. Germs cause illness and disease, and this in turn means lots of people will be off sick if cleanliness is not top of the list of things to keep on top of.

“Telephones can be regularly used by lots of people in an office environment,” said a spokesperson for Procare Cleaning. “It doesn’t take long for the germs to start building up, especially around the mouthpiece and the front of the phone where the numbers are punched in. Daily office cleaning is the best way to keep germs to an acceptable level.”

Shared phones can also be kept cleaner if workers have some disinfecting wipes to use whenever needed. It is surely much better than opening yourself up to thousands of germs every time you need to make a call.