How “Hot Spot Cleaning” Makes a Healthier Office
As the weather warms up, your spring fever-filled workplace may feel more animated than ever. However, making sure the changing seasons don’t lead to viral “fevers” and illness can be tricky. Solve this concern with “hot spot cleaning.” This approach focuses on cleaning and sanitation at high traffic “hot spots,” where users contract germs at the highest rates. Touching shared surfaces or objects creates one of the top primary modes of norovirus transmissions, according to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC). So, for a healthier and more productive office, be sure to prioritize these hot zones.
Entry points experience the highest traffic, and prove perfect for collecting germs. When hot spot cleaning, pay special care to door handles at front and back entrances, designated office spaces and restrooms. Don’t forget those elevator buttons and railings along stairs or landings, which need to be wiped down and sanitized on a regular basis. Also encourage awareness among your staff by installing foam hand sanitizers at these entry points.
With the growing trend of collaborative work stations to promote a sense of community among employees, keeping these shared spaces cleaned and sanitized becomes more important than ever. Special attention should be provided to conference rooms and shared eating areas. Areas where clients congregate, such as waiting rooms, also require extra attention. For the benefit of both your clients and staff, talk with your cleaning service about adopting non-toxic and hypoallergenic cleaning agents to reduce potentially bad reactions.
Nooks and Crannies
The need to clean broad, exposed surfaces seems obvious. The little everyday crevices, however, can prove just as infectious too. One major culprit – light switches. Those located in high traffic areas such as meeting rooms and restrooms are often touched without a thought, and need special, frequent attention. In addition, parts of the average office seat – including the often-neglected seating area and arm rests, need cleaning and disinfecting. In the kitchen area, users also often overlook smaller appliances such as coffee makers and toasters, which accumulate grim and germs quickly.