How to Keep Your Workplace Sanitized

woman applying hand sanitizer in office environment with laptop

Even before coronavirus, keeping a clean workspace was important. Now, the impact of this illnesses has woken everyone up to how important it is to maintain a sanitized and safe work area. Germs are no joke, and they're probably all over your desk.

Your computer keyboard, right now, may be dirtier than the toilet seat in your home. Learn the proper way to sanitize your work station and your entire workplace to stay healthier no matter which virus is going around.

Sanitize Yourself

Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk and use it periodically, particularly after you’ve handled money, before you eat food, and after you've been filing or moving a lot of papers around.

Always wash your hands after using the restroom, and make sure that all staff members, customers, sales reps, and other visitors know where they can wash and sanitize their hands.

Provide Tissue

Make sure there are tissues readily available for you and for anyone else in the workplace, including visitors. It's far safer to cough or sneeze into a tissue, so keeping this handy can help prevent the spread of germs.

woman using tissue in office

Get Garbage Can Lids

It's recommended to have lids on all your trash cans. People who are coughing or sneezing will be throwing used tissues in the trash can. These used tissues can continue to release germs into the air even after they've been discarded.

Lids on trash cans can stop this from happening and help prevent the spread of germs. Remember, every little thing that helps prevent germs should be used to maintain a healthier workplace.

metal garbage or trash can with lid

Don't Neglect Your Smartphone

You can run around using disinfectant wipes and use hand sanitizer 10 times a day and still forget about the one thing you touch the most: your smartphone. You probably can't even count how often you pick this up and touch it throughout the day. Remember to wipe this down with disinfectant multiple times a day. Avoid getting moisture in any of the ports and it will be fine.

Keep Your Gear Clean

Keep your desk and equipment clean using disinfectant wipes, paper goods, or cloth covered with an antibacterial cleaning solution. Wipe down everything, including all keyboards, computer mouses, telephones, office equipment, and anything else made with metal or plastic. Wood surfaces can be cleaned with an antibacterial wood polish. Cloth surfaces can be lightly sprayed with a disinfectant.

woman cleaning computer mouse at desk

Clean Frequently Touched Surfaces

Don't forget to wipe down all doorknobs, light switches, counters, drawer handles, cabinet pulls, faucets, and sinks with disinfectant. It helps to go through your morning routine, from the moment you enter your workplace.

Think about every single thing you touch on your way to your work station, and you'll have a better idea of what needs to be cleaned.

gloved hand cleaning railing with a cloth

Maintain Awareness

Promote cleanliness and good habits in the workplace with posters and signs that encourage good behavior. Consider putting up a poster about hand-washing and one about how to properly cough or sneeze, for example. It’s always good to promote germ awareness because this is the best way to avoid the spread of any virus, which can really wreak havoc on the workplace.

Keep the Workplace Sanitized

Keeping the workplace sanitized keeps it much safer for all employees and visitors. Always maintain cleanliness in the workplace and keep your own personal workspace clean. It’s a good idea to clean the workplace at least once a day, and clean your personal workspace twice a day.

Clean it once before you start working for the day and again after your lunch or dinner break. You can also hire a regular cleaning service to clean the workplace thoroughly during hours when the business is closed. Promote good germ awareness and maintain high cleaning standards. If you do that, you’ll help keep everyone much healthier, and prevent the spread of viruses.