It’s that time of year again: flu season. You know the story by now; someone in the office comes
to work sick and before you can say “bless you”, the virus spreads like wildfire. Soon everyone
falls victim to the same strain, making for some pretty miserable workdays. Your work space
should receive the same amount of cleaning attention your home does, given the amount of
time spent there, yet it doesn’t. Too often, offices are neglected or receive a surface cleaning at
best. As the days and months pass, things can get pretty grody. We’re highlighting the most
germ-infested areas and objects of an office and what can be done to minimize your chances of
getting sick.

5. Entrances & Exits

With people coming and going multiples times a day, everyday, it’s not hard to imagine that door
handles host a myriad of germs and bacteria. Norovirus (better known as the stomach flu),
streptococcus, and E.Coli are the most common bugs waiting to greet you. Symptoms include
vomiting, severe sore throat, and diarrhea, respectively. Take an elevator up to your office?
Buttons and handrails can be especially contaminated as well.

4. Reception Area

It’s the first point of contact in an office space, but despite your best efforts to make this area
clean and presentable, germs still lurk. The copy machine, the phone, the stapler, the reception
magazines and chairs; these objects are all crawling with microbes that can make you sick.
Window ledges are also problematic as they collect dust, dirt and even mold.

3. Kitchen Area/Break Room

Everyone pitches in to keep the kitchen area or break room tidy, therefore it should generally be
pretty clean, right? Think again. This area’s frequent use means coffee pots, microwave and
fridge handles, utensil drawers, mugs, and the sink faucet are all major culprits when it comes to
germs. Oh, and that sponge that sits on the counter? It creates the perfect breeding ground for
bacteria, as it’s often moist and rarely replaced. Other hotspots to be aware of, include water
fountain and vending machine buttons.

2. Restrooms

This one seems like a no-brainer, but the germiest area may surprise you. No, it’s not the toilet
seat, as users often cover or clean the surface area. And no, it’s not the door handle, since
that’s typically touched only after someone has washed their hands. We’ve heard the rumours
about hand dryers blowing bacteria all over your mitts, but that’s not the worst area either.
Rather, the floor is what that tops the germiest areas in a restroom. Hepatitis A, staphylococcus,
fecal bacteria, and salmonella are all bacteria that can linger on the restroom floor.

1. Desk/Work Areas

The number one most germ-infested area of an office is the place where employees spend the
most time. With the high touchability of items such as computers, mice, keyboards, phones, and
chairs as well as employees’ close proximity to others, it’s no wonder why desks are a germ’s
paradise. Pens shared back and forth and mobile phones used in restrooms and then placed on
desks also contribute to the problem. The transference of germs even transpires when you get
your mail each morning, due to the grimy cart handle.

Pretty disgusting, don’t you think? But, what are you to do? You can’t exactly come to work in a
hazmat suit. Lucky for you, you don’t have to go to such extreme lengths. Investing in a
thorough, professional cleaning by a reputable company can help eradicate germs and minimize
your risk of getting sick, significantly. Master Care has a team of experienced and skilled
individuals who use high grade products, tools and techniques to make your working
environment healthier and more comfortable. Trust their team to tackle these office germ
hotspots this winter season, so the next time a coworker sneezes, you can wince a little less
when saying “bless you”