Your office can be a hotbed of activty for you and your colleagues. But did you know that also makes it the perfect home to germs and bateria?

Office bugs are quick to build up and spread given the right conditions, leaving everyone ar risk of serious illness. But where do these hidden nasties like to hang out? Join us as we put five office germ hotspots under the microscope.

Here are just a few to look out for and to take extra care with when it comes to cleaning:

1. Kichen Sponges

Does anybody take responsibility for cleaning the sponges in the office sink? If not, then those sponges clean up as much mess in a day as your home sponge will in weeks. If they sit there overnight, then they will literally be dripping with bacteria. 

It’s easy to overlook cleaning the sponges, but if you do, someone will pay the price sooner rather than later.  

big bad sponge


2. Lift Buttons

Just imagine how many people use the lift every single day. Countless people touch the buttons and the law of averages says that at least a few of them are carrying some form of infectious disease.

The lift isn’t often cleaned that thoroughly, so this is a real hotspot for germs and next time you’re in there you might want to wear protective gloves.  

lift elevator germs



3. Welcome Mats and Carpets

As we enter the building, we always bring a little of the outside world with us. Civilised people scrape the detritus from their shoes on the welcome mat, but there is no way that a vacuum cleaner will pick everything up.

These mats and entrance carpets are always a hot zone for germs and in some places they should come with a health warning. 

bugs in rugs


4. Conference Room Phones

We rarely share phones these days, but if your workplace has a conference or meeting room then the chances are that each mouthpiece is handled by a number of people on a daily basis. It won’t be anywhere near as bad as the lift buttons, but then you don’t put those buttons to your mouth.

Give the phone a quick wipe if you want to be cautious. 

phone germs

5. Toilet Door Handles

You might wash your hands religiously after using the facilities, but not everybody follows your shining example. Of course the handle should be cleaned on a daily basis, but even if it is then there are still an awful lot of people touching it before you get there. 

touching germs



 So how can we banish these office bugs?


A good cleaning regime that pays attention to common areas where germs and bacteria can breed is always a good starting point. Ask one of our experienced representatives for free advice on putting together a workplace cleaning schedule to keep your workplace safe and clean. 

The simple things like a good microfibre cloth that can be washed and re-used is better for the environment and your budget. Unlike traditional cloths, microfibre actively lifts and locks dirt in its weave, only releasing the dirt once rinsed with water. The fact that no chemicals are needed to clean makes microfibre a greener choice.  


For high-level cleaning, Vikan's Easy Kits are perfect all-in-one solutions whch combine handles, pioles, microfibre cloths and tools for cleaning in high, curved or awkward spaces where germs love to hide undetected.

Virucidal cleaning chemicals, such as those manufactured by Evans and Selden, are specifically formulated to tackle a range of posioning germs and bacteria including E.Coli, Listeria, Hepatitis, Norovirus and MRSA. These are helpful in preventing cross contamination from floors, walls, hard surfaces and frequently touched items such as door handles, tables and banisters. Good hand hygiene has been proven to prevent the spreads of germs and illness.


But when soap and water are not availbale, consider placing hand sanitiser pumps or wipes at strategic locations around the office. Wall-mounted sanitiser dispensers are ideal for larger spaces - and are currently free on loan; contact us to find out how.  


Need free advice? We'd be happy to help. Please speak with your System Hygiene sales representative  call us on 01282 777999 or e-mail [email protected] Thank you.




Further Reading (for those with rather strong stomachs)


A study published in the journal Open Medicine found that 61% of lift buttons were contaminated with bacteria, while only 43% of toilets were:
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Another study from the The National Agricultural Library found that around one in five coffee cups harboured bacteria from faeces:
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How many germs per square inch can you expect to find on your mobile phone? 100? 1,000? Nope. Skin experts Deb have reported the figure as high as 25,000 germs per square inch:
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The WHO found that resistant organisms spread without proper hand hygiene resources. Access to ‘pocket bottles’ of alcohol-based handrub and the placement of handrub dispensers at the point of care showed a marked increase in hand hygiene behaviour:
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