Which Part of your Office is Easily Susceptible to Bacteria?

Part of Office that is susceptible to bacteria
What are these hotspots for germs?

We can’t deny it, offices are petri dishes for bacterial growth. As people move around, use, and touch different things, they continuously, albeit non-intentionally, transfer bacteria from one place to another. These bacterial transmissions are often caused by poor hygiene and inefficient cleaning. As these transmissions remain, bacterial hotspots could develop over time causing irrevocable side effects to your business.

It’s no secret that excessive bacteria contamination can lead to a dangerous environment. With the rapid spread of infection, it’s only natural that more and more of your employees have to take off work temporarily for recuperation.

Aside from regular hand washing, it is imperative that we take critical actions to maintain the cleanliness of our workplace environment. But which places should you prioritize?

Five of the Dirtiest Places in the Office

Breakroom Sink Faucet Handles

A study has found that 75% of faucet handles are considered high-risk for disease spread. It is recommended to use paper towels, or cleansing wipes to turn the handles to lessen the chances of an outbreak.

Keyboard and Mouse

Your hands have probably been everywhere – the sink, toilet flush, food, elevator. And most of the places must have been a bacterial hot spot. If you don’t use a sanitizer or alcohol every after use, bacteria could last for a few hours on your hands. 

As you use your keyboards, the bacteria and germs on your hands are continuously spread throughout the keys as you type. It has been found in a study that keyboards have 3,295 bacteria per square inch, while a mouse contains 1,676 germs per square inch. 

Drinking Fountain

Spit and dirty hands are the keywords for bacterial growth in a drinking fountain. It has been found that drinking fountains are common sources of rotavirus and influenza A. Yikes! What should your employees do? Let the water run for about five seconds and wash your hands after using it. You can post simple reminders like these to aid your building cleaners.

Door Handles and Handrails

To move around, door handles and handrails are used by literally everyone making them hotspots of bacterial infection. Same as with keyboards, the chance of them being dirty is extremely high. Imagine a person coughing and sneezing has just touched them, wouldn’t you be likely to get the same illness?


Your desk is the number one place in your office where your employees spend most of their time. You do your work, eat, and sometimes take a rest on your desk. Believe it or not, your desk is home to about 10 million germs which is 400 times more germs than the toilet seat so it is imperative to always keep it clean. Wipe it completely with antibacterial wipes or alcohol. 

Where in the Office Does an Outbreak Starts?

You probably guessed it right. It is certainly the restroom. 

Having been one of the most visited, if not the first, restrooms top the list when it comes to bacterial outbreaks.  Even with constant cleaning, bacterial growth is sustained due to high foot traffic. Researchers have found out that within an hour of use, 500,000 bacterial cells per square inch are developed on the restroom surface. Without proper cleaning and disinfection, the usage of these infection-prone restrooms would increase the chances of your employees getting sick. 

Disinfection is a vital part of curbing the spread of the virus, and other infectious diseases. Cleaning without disinfecting can give you a false sense of security of cleanliness. Don’t settle for speed cleaning, surface cleaning, and standard room cleaning, especially now that we are in a pandemic. To ensure your employees and clients are safe, find a professional that will safeguard everyone’s health. 

Understanding How to Properly Disinfect These Areas

Proper cleaning needs to follow a specific set of procedures. Cleaning must go beyond the surface and solve underlying problems in areas that are hard to reach. Here are some disinfection services that you should be doing to decrease or lessen bacterial and viral development: 

  • Use of color-coded microfiber cloths. 

Regular use of color-coded microfiber cloths will ensure that you use the cloth only in its designated place. This will prevent cross-contamination of surfaces. 

  • Taking note of high touch places 

Taking note of high touch places will make you aware of the places that are in high need of disinfection. These high touch surfaces are hot spots for bacteria. Examples of these are the dispenser handles, paper towel dispenser, door handles, and push plates. 

  • System of proof

Ask for a service system that could provide proof of disinfected surfaces. This will ensure that all the places in need of disinfection are properly disinfected. 

  • Use of Hospital Grade Disinfectants approved by EPA

The continuous use of disinfectants is important. Disinfectants have the capability to keep the workplace totally germ-free. But there are cases that germs and viruses are not killed by an ordinary disinfectant. To ensure the quality and safety of your disinfectant use a hospital-grade disinfectant. 

King of Disinfection: Consistency

It only takes a single exposure to viruses to make you sick or worse put your life at risk. It is critical that the disinfection done in your workplace is consistently done properly. 

Consistency is the king of disinfection. It is brought about by professionals who underwent training. Having these professionals to clean and disinfect your place will ensure you that you and your employees are safeguarded from bacteria and viruses as they have a complete understanding of the method and process of cleaning.

Beyond Basic

Many cleaning services focus on places that are easily seen, the surfaces. Mirrors and toilets are readily visible and therefore cleaned regularly. But during these times, these places aren’t the only places you should worry about. Bacteria and viruses grow in damp, and dark areas like the grouts and toilet base. If your cleaning service doesn’t give these places the proper cleaning that they need, they are not as effective as they say to be.