Recent research by Furniture@work suggests that the office door handle can have 30 times more bacteria than the toilet seat while the staff kitchen harbours many of the most germ-laden areas in the workplace.
The study showed that the sink, microwave door and kettle accounted for three of the top five places for bacteria counts. The fridge fared little better with more germs and other contaminants than keyboards and desk phones – items staff touch repeatedly all day long.
Interestingly, the kitchen table barely had any bacteria, suggesting this might be one place we’d more likely to clean above other places in the staffroom. Elsewhere, an earlier study by sanitary product manufacturer Kimberley Clark noted that the staff kitchen tap was the object with the highest bacteria count.
Why is the staff kitchen often so dirty?
If you work in an an office that has a staff break room with cooking facilities you’re probably familiar with notices that are put up from time. “Please wash up after yourself” and “If you spill it wipe it up” signs rarely seem to work, while attempts to catch the attention of users such as “Your mother doesn’t work here” might be noticed for a few days before normal sloppy service is resumed.
The truth is probably that staff who pop into make a coffee and raid the fridge for a snack, ping their lunch in the microwave and take five minutes to gobble down their lunch are often too preoccupied to make staff kitchen cleaning a priority.
Office kitchens almost seem to bring out the worst in many of us. We wouldn’t make such a mess at home but the workplace remains fair game.
Contact Associated Cleaning Contractors now
If this sounds like your workplace, then perhaps it’s time to engage the services of a commercial cleaning company. After all, hygiene has never been so important, as the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic have taught us. Associated Cleaning Contractors can help. And best of all, all of the staff in our contract cleaning north west teams actually love tackling kitchens – no doubt a whole lot more than the rest of your workforce.