How Much Bacteria Can Hide In A Keyboard?
How would you feel if you learnt that a keyboard is five times dirtier than a toilet seat? Well, recent studies have shown that E.coli and staphylococcus aureus accumulate on office keyboards at levels which are 150 times the safe limit! Let’s hope your office cleaning contractor is up to the task.
When you think about it, it is not difficult to imagine that bacteria can easily accumulate in the hidden crevices of various pieces of office equipment, nowhere more so than in a keyboard. After all, most keyboards have over 100 buttons each of them with five exposed surfaces not to mention what can build up underneath them all.
Keyboards are probably the most shared item in any office and staff regularly tap way without having washed their hands leading layer upon layer of potential infectious bacteria waiting with every keystroke.
It is a strange phenomenon when you consider how readily staff will use each other’s keyboards but if you were to ask them to use each other’s coffee cups you would get a completely different reaction!
Have you ever watched your cleaners at work? Is it possible that they could be using the same cloth to clean everyone’s keyboard was just a cursory wipe? Is it possible they are not cleaning them at all?
The unfortunate fact is that keyboards are the most likely source of infection and yet they go unnoticed when it comes to cleaning.
So let’s take a look at a few things you can do to make sure your staff are protected and that your commercial cleaning contractor is up to speed on your requirements.
- Request your staff to eat their lunch away from their keyboards to avoid food particles slipping down between the pads. Food particles can become a breeding ground for bacteria and you may want to point this out to your staff, or maybe give them a small demonstration; you’ll be surprised at the high compliance rate! If you have difficulty convincing your staff, remind them that it might be more hygienic for them to eat their lunch in the toilet!
- Provide keyboard covers to be used every time a desk is vacated. By simply having a cover in place you’ll be surprised how much this added protection will reduce the accumulation of dirt and grime.
- Make sure your cleaning contractor is aware of the high standard you expect when it comes to cleaning keyboards and ensure that they do not use the same cloth used on every other surface in the office.
- Have your keyboards specially cleaned at least every six months. This can be done on a rotational basis and is a great way to keep your computer equipment in near new condition.
It is not a difficult concept to get your head around when you look at the facts. Keyboards can be the main offender in spreading illness throughout the office so make sure your office cleaning regime pays special attention to your computer equipment.