LIVE EXTRA TIP: 3 Simple Steps to Keep your Desk Germ-Free

Posted April 22, 2022 | First time home buyers

We spend most of our day at our work desk - whether we’re still working home since the pandemic began or back to our offices. But many of us don’t realize that our work stations contain more germs than a public toilet - the average desk carries 800 bacteria per square inch against 59 bacteria per square inch for most public toilets.

To avoid the spread of germs and stay healthy, here’s a quick and easy tidy up routine you can do in just 10 minutes or less. 

You will need: 

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Sponge and dishwashing liquid

1. Wipe down surfaces

On average, desks are only cleaned three times a month, according to a survey. Imagine all the dust, dirt, and bacteria that could build up in that amount of time. To start your daily clean up routine, remove as many items on your desk as possible - files, supply trays, mugs, desk  lamp, personal items, and if possible, your computer itself. Once your work desk is clear, wipe it down with disinfectant wipes and let it dry. Don’t forget to wipe under the table and your chair. Wait for the surface to dry. Then, wipe each item with a microfiber cloth before putting them back to their place - avoid using other cleaning materials such as paper towels or rags especially on your computer screen to prevent damage

2. Disinfect high-touch areas

Did you know that a recent study shows 96% of keyboards containbdisease-causing bacteria such as E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus? To avoid spreading germs, disinfect high-touch surfaces in your work desk. For your keyboard, shake it upside down over a trash can to clear it of any dust or food particles. Clean the surface and in between keys with disinfectant wipes. Your office phone, especially if you share it with someone else, should also be sanitized with wipes daily - and the same goes with your mouse and head set. Most importantly, wash your hands frequently to prevent germs from building up in these items.. 

3. Wash your coffee mug and water tumbler

You know what else can attract bacteria on your desk? Your used coffee mug and water tumbler is a hotbed for germs - especially if they’ve been sitting at your desk all day. So start each day with a clean and fresh water tumbler and coffee mug. Throw out in the sink any remaining liquids left from the day before. Run these items under water and clean thoroughly using a sponge and dishwashing liquid. Air out or wipe to dry before using them again. Now you’re all set and ready to start work with a fresh cup of coffee in your clean mug.

Working at home during a pandemic can affect your work-life balance, especially if you don’t have the right space for a home office setup. Luckily, some developers like PlusHomes Communities have taken notice and started integrating the concept of a home office as part of its better normal features. Take for example the Auri home at Casa Aurora Caloocan, which has its own home office area aside from its 3 bedrooms. It features a dedicated office space to keep your mind at work, as well as optimal living spaces so you can enjoy spending time with your family and relaxing once you clock out. The home also features a sanitation porch, expanded kitchen, and modular design that’s ready for expansion so you can conquer life in the better normal. This is all part of PlusHomes’ philosophy of functionality, quality and affordability in every home it builds with its partner construction firm, Megawide Construction, so every Filipino can finally live in a home they deserve.

Check out the latest updates and promos on PlusHomes’ developments through its official website here.

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