Busily spreading diseases, bacteria are pesky, invisible beasts that can be notoriously difficult to wipe out. So how do you ensure your workplace is free from the potential spread of illness? You could enlist the help of professional cleaning experts such as AMC Brisbane or you can get started by simply reading these five tips for eliminating those nasty bugs.
There are hundreds of options when it comes to surface sprays, but always remember to read the label – just because a spray is advertised as antibacterial, it doesn’t mean it truly is. Look for those that don’t require a follow-up rinse or wipe down and think about whether you want a spray that’s scented, otherwise you may find yourself overwhelmed with the smell of ‘spring meadows’ or ‘citrus burst’. It’s also a good idea to think about anyone in the vicinity who may have allergies, in which case a non-scented option may be best.
Shop windows, mirrored lifts and glass doors in high traffic areas are especially prone to bacteria. We’ve all seen the child with the runny nose pressing his/her face up against the lolly shop window and we’ve all seen the mucus streaked result and quietly shuddered at the horror of it all. Most window cleaning sprays have an active ingredient to ensure streak-free glass (and most will, as a bonus, kill bacteria) but you can make your own too. Just be sure to use an ‘active’ ingredient such as vinegar or lemon juice. You can find many different recipes online.
Regular Hand Washing
This is actually one of the simplest and most effective ways of reducing bacteria in the workplace. Make sure that there are plenty of soap-dispensers and good old fashioned bars of soap available at wash-stations and sinks (especially in the washrooms). Be sure that everyone has access to hot, running water and post up some signs reminding people about the dangers of dirty, unwashed hands.
Everyone trails dirt and grime around with them – it’s there on the soles of your shoes and you don’t even think about it. There’s no need to go to extremes and install a shoe disinfector that you might see at the entrance to a science laboratory or when exiting a farm, because as long as you regularly mop your floors with a strong, sound disinfectant, you shouldn’t have any problems. Make sure that you regularly change your mop head and always use fresh, hot water each time you’re mopping the tiles/linoleum. Don’t try and mop the carpet – it doesn’t work too well.
It’s not the most pleasant of jobs but bleach and bacteria are sworn enemies, and if you don’t enjoy scrubbing the toilet, there are plenty of cleaning companies and freelancer cleaners who can do it for you. A sparkling fresh toilet is a thing of beauty so get yourself some bleach and just go for it!
How do you keep your workspace bacteria free? Have you had many outbreaks? Share your ideas and experiences below.