We often talk about bacteria hot spots. These are places that harbor bacteria and the environment and conditions surrounding them cause bacteria to multiply quickly. A good example of a bacteria hot spot is a kitchen sponge that gets touched often with hands and comes into contact with various foods. Additionally the moisture makes it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Other times hot spots are places that are touched frequently and often times by many people, but are rarely (if ever) cleaned. The reason your smart phone has more germs than an average toilet seat is because toilet seats are cleaned much more often. Office objects like phones, keyboards and pens are easily forgotten or not included in a cleaning routine. Objects in a communal space get overlooked most often because people aren’t sure whose responsibility it is to clean them. This leads to bacteria being spread most often through things we use every day.
Here are the germiest places in any office.
Desks – Workspace or Germspace?
On average, an office phone can harbor about 25,000 germs per square inch according to research done by the University of Arizona. It gets coated in bacteria from our mouth and hands, and should be wiped down daily with a sanitizing wipe.