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You won’t believe that these 10 places are dirtier than a toilet

March 4th, 2017 by Lilian Radke

A University of Arizona study found that although people associate restrooms with being the epitome of filth there are actually many areas that are harboring more germs. Some items we encounter on a daily basis without realizing the impact they can have on our health. In some cases 10x as many germs as a public toilet and the scariest part is that we all use these areas daily.

Gas Pumps – Rarely thought about but touched hundreds of times by the average driver is the gas pump. It is outside of the store area making it an oft-neglected part of the employee cleaning routine. Next time you head to the pumps make sure you use an anti-bac wipe first!
Coffee Pot Handles – Depending on the size of your office this can contain 108,592 CFUs (Colony-Forming Units). Good reason to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts on the way into work.
Buttons – from elevator to ATM to telephone, there are so many buttons that you and those around you touch in a given day. These areas are very often overlooked during a cleaning routine, It is so important to work with a commercial cleaning company that pays attention to these details.
Menus – Restaurant menus have many times the amount of illness causing bacteria than a public toilet seat.
Door Handle – This one may be a given, considering the number of people in contact with it every day. Surprisingly though it is one of the easiest to keep clean and if you have a professional cleaning company in your facility make sure that this is something they do not miss!
Cell Phone – Your cell phone goes everywhere with you, and we do mean EVERYWHERE! So it makes sense that this would be much dirtier than a public toilet. Regularly wipe your screen and the entire phone with an anti-bacterial wipe to minimize germs.
Carpet – Fun fact: Bacteria love dead skin cells. Considering that the average person sheds about 1.5 million every hour, that turns your rugs into a fine dining experience when you add food particles, pet dander, pollen, and other bits. About 200,000 bacteria live in each square inch of carpet (nearly 700 times more than on your toilet seat), including E. coli, staphylococcus, and salmonella. Since your vacuum cleaner can’t reach to the bottom of the carpet, hire a company to deep clean at least once a year.
Money – Bills are a hospitable environment for gross microbes: viruses and bacteria can live on most surfaces for about 48 hours, but paper money can reportedly transport a live flu virus for up to 17 days.
Desks – The average desk can hold up to 400x the amount of bacteria as a public restroom toilet. In fact on average any single area that you place your hand will likely have about 10,000,000 bacteria on it.
School Bubblers – The average water fountain in a public space has between 2-3 million germs on the surface. The newest models have a hands-free component which helps cut down on the spread of illness.

Attention to detail can mean the difference between success and failure, even the smallest missed cleaning opportunity can lead to the spread of bacteria which can mean lost time for employees, bad first impressions for new customers or low office morale.

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