Maintaining a clean workplace means more than just having a sparkling, fresh building. It also ensures the health and safety of your employees and visitors. The workplace environment influences employee productivity, performance, and well-being. And a business flourishes when its employees are happy, healthy and productive. While it may be tempting to put off dusting or other types of cleaning around the office or facility, doing so may put employees at risk of illness or injury and may impact performance levels.

Viruses and millions of virus-causing bacteria can live on common surfaces such as work-desks, computer keyboards, door handles, and all surfaces in break rooms and restrooms. Quality PNW commercial cleaning and janitorial services in your office/ facility can positively impact the overall health of employees. Plus, you’ll improve your bottom line by having more productive and happy employees that are not out sick. Below are a few germ hotspots in the workplace that require regular cleaning and maintenance:

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Workplace Desks – Germs Galore

The average workplace desk can be 100x less hygienic than your kitchen table, and 400x filthier than the average toilet seat. Yes, that’s pretty disgusting. Many workers admit that they don’t wash their hands regularly, even after using the toilet. Others choose to eat at their computer or use their desk for storing unnecessary items that just add to the clutter. Computer keyboards are filthier than you think. Keyboards host bacteria levels five times higher than toilet seats. Business owners should consider investing in professional cleaning and janitorial maintenance service like Cleanstart to keep basic office equipment and the entire workspace free of microorganisms.

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Nobody Likes Dirty Restrooms 

Unsanitary bathrooms are often the source of numerous illness and disease-causing germs. It’s important to keep restrooms clean and sanitary, especially the sink area, where people go to remove germs from their hands. However, if they’re getting more germs from the sink faucet, then washing their hands is almost a pointless exercise. Germs can live for a long time on surfaces, such as sinks, door handles, and toilet seats. Also be sure that floors are kept clean. There’s nothing worse than to walk around in a bathroom with sticky/dirty floors.

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Mold is another common health hazard commonly found in restrooms. Mold is a fungus that can release millions of spores into the air and can cause respiratory illnesses. According to OSHA, mold growth occurs in warm and humid conditions, making it essential that employers regularly clean worksite facilities, such as bathrooms, to reduce the chance of mold growth. No one likes a dirty restroom and 95% of consumers surveyed said they would avoid an establishment in the future if they found the restroom to be dirty. Your employees and customers deserve clean and sanitized restrooms.  

Dirty Carpets – Breeding Ground for Mites, Germs & Bacteria

While regular removal of surface dust and allergens is important, deep cleaning your office carpets is also a necessity. Dirty carpets make the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and other microscopic pests, which are the leading cause of allergic reactions and can cause flu-like symptoms and other respiratory problems. Frequent sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, and stuffy noses may very well be the result of filthy office carpet.

A study conducted by Kuopio Regional Institute of Occupational Health identifies volatile compounds found in filthy carpets as a definitive cause of asthma for people who don’t have the disease yet. When Cleanstart deep cleans your carpet, we’ll remove the bacteria, germs and dust mites that infiltrate and cause an unhealthy work environment.

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Grimey Floors – Tripping Health Hazard  

The condition of your flooring reflects your professionalisms and the amount of care you put into your business, and your attention to detail. Floors that are not well maintained and properly cleaned can also be a safety hazard. If you allow grim to accumulate, that grime can become a tripping hazard.

Spills that haven’t been properly cleaned and layers of dust lead to stickiness and reduction of friction, which could cause people to slip and fall. Leaving the work of cleaning your floors to a professional service means less work for you. A commercial cleaning company like Cleanstart uses cleaning products and procedures that allow your flooring to look gorgeous and be slip-resistant and safer for those walking on them.

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Cleanstart services the following PNW areas, but not limited to Auburn, Bellevue, Bremerton, Factoria, Fife, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Olympia, Puyallup, Renton, Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila, King County, Kitsap County, Pierce County, and Thurston County.

P.O. Box 110609 • Tacoma, WA 98411 • Phone: 253.921.2593 • Email:cferling@thecleanstart.com