Cleaning your workspace including desks, keyboards and pens is crucial to keeping unwanted bacteria away. Workspaces are also a breeding ground for germs as they are used often and some may be used by more than one person without being cleaned in between. Head of Hygiene for Zoflora Sarah Fozzard has shared her expert advice on cleaning your workstation.
Look after your clean team!
Sarah says: “Although they’re our go to tag-team when we clean, cloths and sponges are the perfect environment for bacteria to live and breed. If not regularly disinfected, this bacteria can be spread to other areas of the kitchen every time you use the cloth.
“Dilute 2 capfuls of Zoflora in 800ml of water in the sink, and leave your dishcloths to soak to give your trusty cleaning partners a much needed freshen up, with the added bonus of a beautifully smelling kitchen.”
Keep the kitchen out of your keyboard
The cleaning expert says: “We are all guilty of eating and working, however with continuous typing, bacteria from your hands can spread and manifest all across your keyboard. So, when eating at your desk you may be tempted to reply to that new email in your inbox, meaning that you’re transferring the germs from your keyboard onto your food and ingesting them.
“To combat this, shake your keyboard to dislodge any crumbs and mix 1 capful of your favourite Zoflora fragrance with 400ml of water inside a trigger spray. Spray onto a clean piece of kitchen paper and then use to wipe down. A quick and easy way to make sure there aren’t any germs leftover from lunch! Don’t forget your mouse mat and wrist supports too!”
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Don’t chew your pen!
Sarah says: “Although it can be tempting, and sometimes you don’t even realise you’re doing it… do not chew your pen.
“You’ve probably left your pen lying around, in the bottom of your bag or even borrowed it from your co-worker. Therefore, an inordinate amount of germs can be present!
“This can lead to ingesting a whole range of bacteria and viruses. If possible, keep to your own set of stationary so that you are not passing any germs around the office, in turn, reducing the number of hard surfaces that you touch and share.”
Keep your hands clean
The expert says: “You have just washed your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with an anti-bacterial hand soap, removing dirt, viruses and bacteria. However, whilst they appear innocent, hand towels are a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Where possible use a disposable option, or make sure that you wash your hand towels every day.”
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Make sure your welcome mat is actually welcome!
Sarah says: “You step on it every morning and night, without giving it a second thought. Floor surfaces receive a high amount of traffic on a daily basis. If outdoor shoes aren’t removed, there is the added risk of bringing in bacteria from the outside, therefore it is vital that you not only clean your welcome mat, but also disinfect it correctly.
“Mix 1 capful of your favourite Zoflora fragrance with 400ml of water inside a trigger spray, then spray directly onto the mat and allow to dry. Not only does this kill any potentially nasty bacteria and viruses, but it also fills the entrance to your office with a beautiful and long-lasting fragrance!”
Bring your own cuppa!
The Zoflora expert says: “Whether you’re a tea or coffee person, sharing office mugs is a common way to spread bacteria and germs.
“Rinsing your mug isn’t always enough to remove your own or your co-worker’s germs. If possible, bring in your own mug and wash daily, preferably in a dishwasher or at least in hot water with a washing up detergent.”
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Freshen up your fridge!
Sarah says: “With a whole array of lunches being stored in your communal fridge, bacteria can thrive here. Give your fridge a deep clean by removing all the food, wiping the drawers with diluted Zoflora, then leave for at least 5 minutes before giving everything a final rinse with clean water.
“Make sure you clear out your office fridge every few days to avoid those forgotten, mouldy leftovers.”
Show some TLC to your printer
The expert explains: “A popular office device can also be a top hangout for germs. The touchpad and buttons are an unavoidable hotbed for bacteria and viruses, which people often overlook cleaning.
“Spray a little diluted Zoflora onto a dry cloth and use to gently wipe, killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.”
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Stay hydrated and safe
The expert says: “Many workspaces have a watercooler, and it’s a good excuse to get away from your desk and go top up your water bottle; however, as this is touched by lots of people, ensure to disinfect the operating buttons / handles regularly with diluted Zoflora.”
Disinfect your devices
Sarah says: “We all know that mobile phones are a hotspot for germs, with the average phone likely to have more germs living on it than a toilet seat! By bringing it into your work environment, where you’re likely to leave it on your desk, or maybe when you pass it to your co-worker to show a funny social post, you significantly increase the chances of bringing home unwanted bacteria and germs.
“Spray a little diluted Zoflora onto a dry cloth and use to gently wipe around your mobile phone, killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.”
By wiping down your devices after every use, you cn help stop the spread of nasty germs and bacteria.