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Eau Claire Businesses: What is the Dirtiest Place in Your Office?

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

We know you’ve thought about it before: What exactly is the dirtiest place in your office? We all probably have differing opinions. Surely, the dirtiest places must be the communal restrooms or the trash cans next to each employee’s desk. The answer may surprise you! Just remember, when you need janitorial services in Eau Claire, WI, you’re only one call away from spic and span. Just call ServiceMaster Cleaning Services.

According to a study by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the dirtiest surface in offices across various industries was the break room sink faucet handles. To test the dirtiness of office fixtures, swabs of the surface were taken, then the level of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) was measured. ATP is found in all animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast, and mold cells. The higher the ATP level, the greater the likelihood that pathogens including bacteria and viruses are present. Surfaces with an ATP of 300 or higher included:

  • 75% of break room sink handles
  • 48% of microwave handles
  • 27% of keyboards
  • 26% of fridge handles
  • 23% of water fountain buttons
  • 21% of vending machine keys

In reality, anything with ATP of over 100 should be cleaned regularly. Can you remember the last time you took a disinfecting wipe to any of the surfaces above? Surfaces with ATP readings of over 100 include:

  • 51% of computer mice
  • 51% of desk phones
  • 48% of coffee pots and carafes

Regular janitorial services can help combat the high levels of ATP that can accumulate in an office. For example, by eliminating the germs, bacteria, and viruses that live on sink handles, you are minimizing exposure for every item you touch afterwards. The cleaner our hands, the fewer germs will spread to desk phones and computer mice.

Additionally, by keeping break room items cleaner, the risk of illness is significantly reduced. When you touch and eat your food with contaminated hands, the risk of becoming sick is tremendously high. Break room cleanliness is just as important as the communal rest rooms, if not more important.

Frequent washing and sanitizing, along with diligent janitorial cleaning, can help keep your office healthy and reduce the rate of colds, flu, and stomach illnesses by up to 80%.

ServiceMaster Cleaning Services offers full janitorial cleaning in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Rice Lake, WI that will keep your office in tip-top shape. Our plans cater to the daily, weekly, or monthly needs of your office, no matter the industry. Contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services today for more information about our cleaning plans!

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