For most of us, we spend five days a week and countless hours working away at our desk. So when we released the “10 million reasons to clean your desk” blog post last April, it came as no real surprise that it ended up being one of our most read blog posts of 2015.
So in honour of National Clean Off Your Desk Day, we’re sharing some of our top tips to make sure your desk isn’t crawling with germs.
According to the UK Daily Mail, the average worker comes into contact with 10 million disease causing bacteria lurking on your mouse, keyboard, and phone (Resource).
While some bacteria are inevitable, it raises the awareness and the importance of doing a thorough clean at your desk and in the office to eliminate dust and illness causing germs.
Use these simple tips to thoroughly clean your desk and office space to get rid of lurking germs and bacteria:
- Remove everything from the surface of your desktop
- Use a pressurized air duster to clean out your keyboard
- Take a micro-fiber cloth to wipe down and dust the entire surface of your desk, including hard to reach corners, shelves, monitors, and even books and binders
- Use a disinfectant cleaner or wipes to clean all areas of your workspace. Pay special attention to high traffic areas of your desktop such as the mouse, keyboard and phone
Bonus tip: Don’t stop at your desk – breakrooms are notorious for harbouring germs. Tackle this area by using wipes or disinfectant sprays to wipe down microwave doors and handles, tea kettles, coffee makers, fridge door handles, and anything else that comes into contact with lots of hands.