We are all still fighting the good fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic. It’s been a long few months, but if we continue to fight germs wherever we can and we will come out on top. We know that our kitchens and bathrooms need to be cleaned daily and weekly, but what about your workspace? We spend more time working than we do in the kitchen most days, but our workspace tends to be forgotten. But, we have some simple steps to get that workspace nice and clean.
Here’s our top 5 tips for fighting germs in your workspace:
1 - Clean Your Computer Keyboard & Mouse
I’m sure we all know that we need to clean our computer and laptop keyboards. But, did you know that on average, there are 3,295 microbes per square inch on your keyboard? Yuck. Beyond this, your computer mouse is notorious for being almost as dirty as your keyboard! If we take a moment and think about how much we touch our keyboards and mice, it makes sense that they are so dirty!
To clean hard surfaces like these, it’s great to spray some Homage Essentials diluted Cleaning Concentrate onto a microfiber cloth and wipe your surfaces. Don’t spray directly on electronics, to avoid issues with water damage. Get everything you need here.
*Don’t forget your desk accessories! The pens, markers, and even the organizers can all get dirty and need to be cleaned regularly.
2 - Clean your phone and headphones every week
Your phone goes everywhere with you, right? In today’s world, it’s hard to step away completely from our phones. That’s why it’s even more important for you to keep them clean and as germ free as possible. When you’re cleaning your phone, clean your smart watch, earbuds/headphones, battery pack, etc. as well. All of those things are carrying more germs than we realize.
For your personal electronic devices, you need to be careful about adding moisture into them. The safest way to clean them is with a disinfecting wipe or a solution of 1:1 70% alcohol and water on a microfiber cloth. When the cloth is damp, wipe your phone, case, and other personal electronics. This can be done weekly, but shouldn’t be done every day or it can damage your screen. For daily cleaning, you can use a dry, lint-free cloth. Our microfiber cloths are professional grade and can be used damp or dry! Find them here.
3 - Wash Your Hands Frequently
Do you eat at your desk? Wash your hands afterwards to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. If you can’t get to a sink easily during your workday, keep some hand sanitizer nearby to make it easy to keep your hands clean and germ free. Our hand sanitizer is available in a gel or a spray, and the best part is that it won’t dry out your hands! Find both varieties here.
4 - Doorknobs and Countertops
Beyond your desk, you need to keep the germs off your door knobs and countertops. If you have a reception area, there will be many hands touching the counter each day. Wipe it down at least a few times a day to help prevent the spread of germs. The same thing goes for door knobs. You’d be surprised how many germs get spread on door knobs!
5 - Dust and Vacuum Books, Pictures, and Plants
It’s surprising how fast dust can accumulate on the decorative items in your workspace. Dust can carry molds and allergens, so you need to get rid of it regularly. There are a few methods for dusting that work well. A simple one is to use a damp microfiber cloth on any hard, non-porous surfaces such as picture frames and shelves. You can also use a damp cloth on your plants. We tend to forget that our plants should be dusted regularly, too.
For papers and books, vacuuming with a soft brush attachment can work well to pick up the dust and mold particles that accumulate. Grab your microfiber cloths here and get rid of that dust!
That’s our top 5 tips for fighting germs in your workspace! We hope this is the reminder you need to keep your workspace clean and germ free. One last thing that is helpful is to set up a cleaning routine. Take some time every Friday to deep clean your workspace before you leave for the weekend. This way, you are sure to start the week off in a clean environment. Plus, it’s much more enjoyable to start the week at a clean desk, right?