How Janitorial Services Can Keep Health Problems From Spreading In Your Office

Posted on: 18 March 2016

The people in your small office keep getting sick and you can't figure out why. Probably because you haven't hired a janitorial service to clean up the place. These professionals help eliminate the spread of various health problems by eliminating infectious material from various areas in your office. Here's why you need to hire a regular cleaning service as soon as possible.

Cleans Off The Computer Keyboard

Few people really consider their computer keyboard a "disease hot spot," but a study performed at the University of North Carolina seems to confirm it. They tested 25 keyboards and found that they were home to various types of dangerous germs, bacteria, and viruses. Among these diseases included:

  • Staph bacterium
  • Diptheroids
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Vancomycin-resistant enterococcus

While these germs are not highly known in the public world, they can cause a wide range of health problems. Thankfully, they found that cleaning keyboards with various disinfectants, including sterile water, alcohol, or chlorine eliminated 95% of these germs. A janitorial service performing a daily sterilization of your keyboards could keep you and your employees safe.

Cleans Up The Bathroom

Now obviously, a bathroom is going to be home to a large amount of germs. This is true even if your office is small and everyone cleans up after themselves. However, germs are often hiding in places you wouldn't realize, such as sponges, dishcloths, soap dishes, and hand towels. In an office, these cleaning materials are often rarely changed which means they collect a lot of germs.

Other areas in a bathroom that are likely disease-ridden include:

  • Counter tops
  • Toilet seat
  • Bathroom door handles
  • Floor
  • The handle of the plunger of toilet scrubber

A good janitorial service will change your sponges, dishcloths, and hand towels regularly. They will also disinfect a soap dish and all the other previously mentioned areas. This helps ensure that your bathroom is as germ-free as possible.

Eliminates Dust Allergens

Dust will inevitably collect throughout the surfaces of your office and dust is the number one collector of allergens. For example, it contains dust mites, mold, and even pet dander (should you have an office cat or dog or allow your employees to bring their pets occasionally). While dust mites usually die in the winter in cold areas, they come back with a vengeance in the spring and summer.

Janitors can help eliminate this problem by carefully dusting all surfaces of your office and even reducing the humidity of the air with a dehumidifier. Excessive humidity (over 40%) promotes mold growth, increasing the risk of allergen-based sickness.

As you can see, janitorial services like JR Cleaning Services can help keep your office as free of the dangerous germs, bacteria, and viruses that cause disease. While they can't decrease disease spread with 100% efficiency, they can help keep it from becoming a major problem.