Where Do Germs Hide in your Office’s Kitchen/Lunchroom?
- On August 20, 2019
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Most cleaning in the office focuses on the restrooms as they are the dirtiest place in the office right? Wrong, the office lunchrooms and kitchens harbour far more germs and bacteria and are a hotspot for them to breed. The place where employees prepare their and consume food topped the list of office germ havens.
Areas of the greatest concern are:
- Coffee pot handles
- Kitchen sink faucets
- Condiment bottles and jars
- Microwave door handles
- Refrigerator door handles
- Water fountain buttons
- Vending machine buttons
- Sponges and reusable cloths
These areas need to be wiped down with a good quality disinfectant wet wipe. People tend to be cautious in a restroom but are relaxed moving around the kitchen and eating areas of the lunchroom as there is a feeling that it is clean and thus no need to worry. This thought process can be a dangerous one.
Throw out sponges and reusable cloths as no one in an office ever cleans them and they harbour a plethora of germs and bacteria that is redistributed onto all surfaces they come in contact with.
Kitchen garbage cans also need to be emptied daily to prevent germs and bacteria from growing on discarded food and scraps which can cause fungus and mold that can be harmful.
Coffee machines need their parts cleaned regularly and the pots washed with a strong detergent.
Counter surfaces and table surfaces need to be wiped down with disinfectant wipes.
The biggest challenge is always the differentiation between clean and disinfected. Most offices are cleaned but they are not disinfected.
Stay healthy – don’t forget to disinfect!
Jamie Pritchard is President of Roxton Industries – All things clean!