13 Germ Hot Spots in Your Office
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Below is a list of the top 13 most popular germ hot spots within your workspace.


1 – Behind and On Office Devices

Touch screens are exactly what they sound like – a magnet for germs found on our hands. To stay safe from all different types of bacteria found on touch screens, consider cleaning your personal and work phone, computer, or tablet often. Don’t forget to get behind the printer and copy machine – just because they don’t have a screen doesn’t mean they’re not susceptible to germs!

2 – Hand Dryers

Millions of bacteria fly into the air every time the corresponding toilet is flushed, with those bacteria clinging to the inside and out of the restroom’s hand dryers. As the hand-dryers are used, said bacteria is circulated into the air and onto any individuals within the room. Instead, consider sticking to paper towels or bringing your own hand towel.

3 – Microwave

We all know that coworker who microwaves their lunch and leaves the exploded food particles all over the inside of the microwave. This creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Keep your food prep areas clean and sanitized to eliminate any foul smelling odors in your office.

4 – Water fountains

Would you share your bottle of water with a stranger? Then think twice before drinking from the office water fountain or cooler. Help protect the environment and your workspace by bringing your own water bottle. After all, have you ever seen a water fountain being cleaned? 


5 – Walls

Textured or wallpapered surfaces contract more dust particles and bacteria than you can imagine. Make sure to wipe down any walls or photo art frames in your facility to prevent unnecessary bacteria from spreading around the office.

6 – Baseboards 

Scuffed or dusty baseboards can make your office come off as unprofessional to potential clients. Make sure to polish and disinfect these areas to maintain a healthy environment for anyone that comes in. 

7 – Soap dispensers 

From the stall to the sink, you can come into contact with all kinds of bacteria. Making sure to scrub for 20 seconds after touching any handle, dispenser, or countertop can help fight off these pathogens. Always remember to use a paper towel when turning off the faucet and opening any door after.

8 – Ceiling tiles, fans, and light fixtures

Ever looked up in a restaurant or a store? Nothing is more noticeable than a dead bug in a light fixture, so make sure to wipe down and disinfect your ceiling pieces. Pay special attention to those fan blades and any ceiling tiles near your HVAC vents. You don’t want bacteria and dust particles blowing into the air you and your employees breathe.

9 – Vents and Ducts

Vents and ducts are hot spots for dust to accumulate. Always make sure to clean out or replace any vents with excessive particles, especially those in kitchen or bathroom areas. 

10 – Elevator buttons

The level of bacteria found on elevator buttons can be up to 40 times higher than a public toilet seat. Always remember to use your elbow or a pen to press the button. If you cannot do so, bring hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes to clean your hands. High-touch surfaces like elevator buttons, light switches, and door handles should be cleaned regularly.

11 – Curtains and Blinds

Wiping down your glass windows is one thing, but do not ignore your blinds and curtains. These hidden areas may be the reason your employees keep coming down with the sniffles. Curtains and blinds can be hotspots for unhealthy bacteria to spread through the air in your office. 

12 – Plants and Foliage

Dead leaves and bugs love to cling to office plants. Make sure to regularly check up on live and artificial foliage to keep your office looking and smelling fresh. 

13 – Furniture and Upholstery

Grimy, stained furniture can be easily noticed by your clients and visitors. Remember not to neglect meeting tables or chairs that may not have been cleaned for some time. Caring for your furniture will help it last longer within your office as well.


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