How Dirty Is The Average Office?
The average office is usually a place that looks nice and clean because brands like to maintain a professional workspace for employees, visiting clients and customers. With the exception of some unwashed mugs in the kitchen, and a few cluttered desks, the majority of offices don’t look like they have a lot of issues with dirt. Don’t let looks fool you though, the office can be one of the most disgusting places around. A space that looks professional and that doesn’t seem grubby, can be hiding a host of secret nasties that would leave you running for the fire escape if you could see them.
Take a deep breath and read on to find out just how dirty the average office really is…
Research tells us that the average office surface contains around 500 forms of bacteria, and about half of those can make their way to the rest of the office in as little as four hours. In some versions of a study done where harmless bacteria were placed on commonly touched surfaces, up to 60% of the office was contaminated with it in as little as two hours.
The office kitchen is a place commonly shared, but not so regularly cleaned. If you don’t have a professional cleaning company coming in and cleaning the kitchen, the chances are there isn’t one person dedicated to cleaning it, and instead, everyone has to ‘do their bit’. This can lead to it being a bit of a germy paradise in that space in general, but especially with items touched and used by everybody and not commonly replaced, like the sponge. The kitchen sponge is the dirtiest item in the kitchen and could be *gulp* a massive 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Actually, I’m alright for another coffee thanks, Karen…
The loo seat gets a favourable comparison once again when we put a spotlight on the office keyboard. This important, clicking companion helps us to get our work done and utilise technology, and yet, it’s got a dirty little secret. Research has found that it can be around 20,000 dirtier than a toilet seat. Don’t reach for your work phone to check that statistic out just yet, though, the same study also indicated that the average smartphone has more than 9,000 times more germs than a loo seat. Yikes.
Studies say that the average bedroom carpet is ten times more bacteria-ridden than yes, you’ve guessed it, the toilet seat. This is likely to be because the bedroom doesn’t get vacuumed as often as high foot traffic areas like the living room. The office carpets do get cleaned more regularly, but then again, if they aren’t deep cleaned, the stains, foot debris and other bacteria trodden into them isn’t going to make them as fresh and hygienic as they could be, either.
Since covid-19 we are a lot more aware of the air around us and how ‘clean’ it is. In an office, poor ventilation, old and unmanaged air conditioning systems and fumes can lead to something called sick building syndrome. Cleaning can’t necessarily fix those things, but it can prevent some air quality issues from occurring. Mould, dirty carpets and a lack of regular cleaning, particularly cleaning that sanitises, can mean that dust, debris, spores and bacteria that are in the air are in high numbers, including covid-19 particles.
We mentioned the keyboard above, but the rest of the desk doesn’t really score any better. The surface itself has nearly 21,000 germs, nearly 2,000 are on the computer mouse and over 25,000 thrive on the office phone.
Public restrooms naturally contain all kinds of debris from all different body parts and bodily fluids. When left to fester, within an hour of use around 500,000 bacterial cells per square inch are present, with many able to actively cause illness or skin infections. The work bathrooms may not be quite as bad, but they can still be pretty gross if they aren’t cleaned regularly, which is even worse when you consider 4 out of 5 people worldwide do not wash their hands after going to the toilet, and only 19% who do wash do so with soap after going for a number two. So, whatever dirt and grime exists in that work bathroom could well be coming out with each person who visits, too.
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