I’m sure you’re not surprised to know that the faucet handles in the kitchen and break room are the “germiest” items in your office. The Today Show’s Karen B. Gibbs spoke to Mark Searcy, a divisional manager of Coverall America, Inc. a commercial cleaning service, and uncovered “where the germs are” in your Office Space. The Break Room won the award for the germiest place. Dr. Jesse Miller, Director of the Applied Research Center, NSF International, and University of Arizona microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba always weighed in on where the germs are.
The Break Room
Believe it or not, NSF germ studies found coliform bacteria, an indicator of fecal contamination, in 50% of the coffee reservoirs of coffee makers. That’s the last thing you want in your coffee.
What can you do? Wash your hands before preparing coffee. Also make sure to flush the reservoir with white distilled vinegar once a week, recommend Coverall North America.
What is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat? Sponges and dish rags!
What can you do? Run to the office sponge/dish rag and toss it in the trash now! Replace it with paper towels.
Sinks in the kitchen and the bathroom sink are almost always neglected, according to NSF. In fact, they found 45% had coliform and other bacteria. Yuck.
What can you do? Use disinfecting wipes like Clorox or Lysol, daily or as often as possible.
Because of the contact with food and everything else you touch, kitchen faucet handles have more germs than faucet handles in the bathroom! Unbelievable, right? Germs pass along every time you turn on and off the tap.
What can you do? Use a paper towel to turn faucets. Also, cut the germs by wiping the faucet handles with disinfecting wipes first thing in the morning.
With splashing dishes, food debris and whatever else happens to drop, more than 32% of countertops tested harbored coliform bacteria.
What can you do? Clean the counter after each use and wipe with a disinfecting wipe every morning and evening.
Want to learn more about germy places in your office space? Stay tuned for next week’s installment of Office Space: Where the Germs Are.