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Tips to keep your office desk area clean

When people think of dirty or unsanitary places, an office space might not be one of the first things that come to mind. However, office spaces can build up a lot of germs and bacteria especially if you have a high number of workers in an area. In fact, statistics about unclean work places can be shocking!

Did you know?

  • Only 3 percent of offices clean their equipment sufficiently.
  • An average office worker’s hands has contact with around 10 million bacteria per day.
  • Your office desk is 100 times dirtier than the average kitchen table.
  • In common work areas, office equipment can be 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat.

These are just a handful of the statistics I came across while researching the lack of sanitation in office spaces.

With the advent of COVID-19, now more than ever it’s important to keep your workspace clean. Here are some tips:  

  • Use disinfectant wipes! These may just save your desk space from germ and bacterial build up as well as keeping you from catching a cold. You can use disinfectant wipes to clean your desk, office phone, keyboard, and probably much more! This is an easy solution and you can keep a pack of them in your desk.
  • Clean your keyboard! As I mentioned above, wiping your keyboard off will help keep things clean, but it is also important to clean around the keys as well. The air pressure cleaners help remove the dust build up, but it also sprays the dust everywhere, so instead you can you a Q-Tip to clean in between the keys.
  • Wash your hands! – It is all too cliché to say “wash your hands,” but people still choose not to, which spreads too many germs. So do your part and make sure you’re washing your hands regularly throughout the day (and yes that means with soap).
  • Keep your cups and water bottles clean! – These are great for the work day, but just remember that it is necessary to make sure they stay washed and clean since they can easily generate a lot bacteria build up.
  • Finally, remove clutter in your workspace. Cleaning and organizing your space must be done consistently. Don’t wait for things to pile up. Make tidying and cleaning a part of your daily routine.

Heeding these tips will ensure you feel more productive and less stressed.

Guest Blogger: Ann McGrail, a former PR Intern at TDS Telecom

About Mike Wanta

Mike works on the Corporate Communications team at TDS and is the manager of the TDS Business Blog. He has a passion for all things business, storytelling, and teaching. Mike attended Edgewood College and earned degrees in English Literature and Journalism, while competing on the Men’s tennis team. He recently completed his Masters in Sustainability and Business. With his newfound free time, he plays music, tennis, and reads (a lot).
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