Where Do I Start With Sanitization?

One of the best ways to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading in the workplace is properly sanitizing surfaces that are known to harbor them. This includes anything that is touched by people multiple times throughout the day:

  • doorknobs
  • telephones
  • headsets
  • mice
  • keyboards
  • pens
  • staplers
  • tape dispensers,
  • and other surfaces

You can use a disinfectant like Lysol disinfecting wipes or spray depending on which surface you’re sanitizing. You can also mix 4 cups of water with one tablespoon of bleach to create a bleach solution. Be sure to wash your hands and use gloves before cleaning and sanitizing. Grab a washcloth and wipe down surfaces, letting it sit for about five minutes before rinsing it with fresh water. Since you don’t want to ruin any electronics, such as LCD screens or phone screens, purchase disinfecting screen wipes made specifically for electronics.

How Often Should I Sanitize?

Sanitize your desk before you begin work, after eating or drinking, after sneezing, and before you leave for the day.  Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched regularly throughout the day. Since we know desks harbor bacteria, it would be wise to keep a minimalist style desk that makes for easy cleaning.

If you are sharing a workplace break room, keep a sanitizing bucket handy with a cloth in it. Wipe down counters, tables, microwaves, fridges, and any other area before and after use so that others can come to a clean space and reduce the transfer of bacteria and viruses. You can make sanitizer water by combining five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water. Make fresh a bucket in the morning or afternoon and one for disinfecting at the end of the day.

A steam cleaner would be appropriate for rugs and carpets and apply a disinfectant floor solution for cleaning tiles or laminate.

Keeping a Clean Environment is Everyone’s Responsibility

Although the janitorial staff may do a good job of cleaning the office building, it is everyone’s job to reduce the spread of airborne pathogens and keep areas clean and sanitized. By looking after your personal space in the office and sanitizing break rooms and other areas, you can be confident that you are doing your best to prevent the spread of illness. You are not only looking out for yourself but for your coworkers too.

Now that your office areas have been disinfected and are ready to go, it’s time to think about the quality of the air inside the building. For optimum office air quality, replace air filters and clean air ducts regularly. For your air quality needs, contact us today and set up an appointment!