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First impressions count...
When customers enter a store, a cinema, a car showroom, commercial offices, or other public or commercial premises, they may not always notice individual items or details, but they will certainly notice the overall appearance of the area and will be put off if the space is dirty and unkempt.
Not only are dirty surfaces unattractive, but they can also pose serious health & safety concerns. For instance, some of the main contributing factors to slip related accidents are floor contamination and ineffective cleaning regimes. According to statistics, 85 per cent of dirt and grime that get into a building is carried in on the soles of shoes, buggies and wheelchairs, so to minimize the risk for slips and trips, it is imperative that the floors are kept clean at all times.
Other surfaces, which may pose potential health hazards when neglected, are office desks, windowsills, skirting boards, shelving units, kitchen worktops, bathrooms, and toilets, to mention just a few. These areas are prone to collecting dust and mold, both of which are well-known triggers for not only unpleasant but often dangerous asthma attacks.
Studies have shown that offices are a hotbed of germs. An acknowledged expert on household microbes and intestinal diseases, Dr Charles P. Gerba, has found that personal spaces such as computer desks, keyboards, and telephones have far more bacteria than communal areas.
For example, the average desk phone has around 25,127 bacteria per surface, making it the most unhygienic item in the office. This is largely because users put it close to their mouths and rarely clean or disinfect it. The average keyboard has been found to have around 3,295 bacteria per surface and often carries bugs that could cause food poisoning. In fact, office equipment has been found to pose greater health hazards than toilet seats, which is a scary notion considering workers spend the majority of their time at their desks and often choosing to have their lunches in front of the monitors too.
Exposure to certain types of harmful bacteria not only is more likely to contribute to staff absence due to illness and thus an often substantial loss of revenue for the business, but it can also have a negative effect on employee’s psyche. A direct correlation has been found between a neat and tidy workspace and improved productivity. Therefore, keeping commercial premises, office buildings, and other areas open to public clean, is not only important but necessary for smooth and healthy business operations.
Using a reputable and reliable commercial cleaning company can help immensely in making sure your premises are free of bacteria, germs, and viruses, and thus compliant with health regulations and safe for your staff and visitors to use. Expert commercial cleaners are not only skilled in choosing and incorporating the most suitable cleaning regime for different areas of the building, but they can also spot and pinpoint high risk areas, which may require a completely different cleaning approach to ensure the best and safest results.
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