Cleaning all the surfaces you come in touch with has become very important. One such area is your work space. When a person exhales or sneezes without following respiratory hygiene, the droplets tend to fall on the nearest surfaces. Your office is a place where a large number of employees come together. Though they might follow strict social distancing and hygiene protocol, the chances of risk still exist. Your office may be cleaning all the areas, including your table, chair and workstation every day. However, you will need to do your bit as well and keep your area clean to ensure your own safety and the safety of others around you. The germs can spread through high touch surfaces at your workplace.

You must remember the importance of disinfecting all high touch surfaces in your workstation. Although basic cleaning can remove dirt and dust, it does not remove germs. Thus, disinfecting is a must. Disinfecting involves killing germs on the surface once the surface is cleaned. Regular usage makes your office workstation a high touch surface. Thus, it is important to regularly clean and disinfect it.

In this article, we have made a list of highly useful tips to clean and disinfect your workstation at office.

1) Clean the Keyboard and Mouse

These are 2 things that you use the most while working. While they may look clean, they are the spots which attract most dirt and germs. We recommend you to thoroughly clean your keyboard and mouse on a daily basis before you start work. Before cleaning, we suggest you to detach these items from the power source for safety as dampness can be harmful.

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Now, dust them with a clean dry cloth to remove loose dirt. For hard to reach areas, you can use an old toothbrush for dusting. You can keep a few old toothbrushes inside one of your drawers for this. Thereafter, wipe down these surfaces thoroughly with a disinfectant wipe. Always check usage instructions on the pack and test on a small inconspicuous are to check for compatibility. Now, take another clean, dry cloth and wipe thoroughly to remove dampness. Allow them to dry completely before using.

2) Clean the Desktop or Laptop

This is a surface that catches most dirt and dust. If ignored, the dirt particles can cake up and become too stubborn to clean, especially in the corners. Also, while working, if you cough or sneeze, the droplets can settle on your desktop and can cause infections to build up. To clean your desktop, firstly switch it off the power source. Then using a dry clean cloth, dust the laptop/ desktop to remove loose dirt. To clean the hard-to-reach spots, use an old toothbrush and gently clean with it. It will clear the remaining dust. Thereafter, disinfect using disinfectant wipes. This will help kill germs. Always check the pack for usage instructions and compatibility. Once you have disinfected it, let the desktop dry completely before switching it on.  

Do the cleaning once a day to keep the surface hygienic and also to prevent the dirt from layering up.

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3) Clean the Tabletop

Always clean the tabletop before you begin work. It holds maximum items you use while working. Those items attract dirt and germs and considering the fact that they are kept on the table day and night, they might be touched by colleagues or cleaners. To clean the table, dust the entire surface to clean removable dirt. Then you can disinfect using a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray,which kills germs. Always test on a small hidden area and read the instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces. Consider cleaning all the items that the tabletop holds using disinfectant wipes for better precaution.

Make sure you allow it to completely dry before placing the items back as damp area is a breeding ground for bacteria.  Once the countertop is cleaned, it’s good to clean the flooring too. Disinfect the floor with Domex Floor Cleaner that contains Sodium Hypochlorite as an active ingredient. Use as directed on the pack; test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first.

4) Clean the Stationery

A workspace is incomplete without stationery. It is of utmost importance that you clean all commonly used items like pencils, tapes, staplers, pens and so on. These are the things you frequently use at your workplace and might even share with your colleagues. Because these go through multiple hands, they stand the risk of attracting germs and virus. Though you might be wearing gloves, it is important to clean your stationary every day before using. You can use disinfectant wipes to clean them. Avoid using any liquid cleaners for your stationary as it might damage the item. Pat dry with tissue papers. We suggest you also look around for other items that you use regularly while working e.g. water bottle or coffee mugs. Always remember to wash and keep them clean.

Request your colleagues to use their own stationery and to not crowd over your workstation. Explain the importance of following hygiene rules and how it can safeguard them against the germs and virus. Always wear a face mask when you are going to your workplace.

These are some tips which you can use to disinfect your work station when you start going back to work. To know about hygiene tips after getting back to work post lockdown click here.

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Sources:

https://www.dhs.gov/employee-resources/disinfect-your-workspace

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/advice-for-workplace-clean-19-03-2020.pdf