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Top 7 Bad Workplace Habits

Unhealthy Workplace Habits Introduce Harmful Germs into Your Workspace

At Mayfair Building Services, we’re experts on clean and we specialize in keeping office spaces and retail spaces at their best. From floor to ceiling, we’ll have your workspace looking and feeling clean and fresh. That said, there are some steps that you and your co-workers can take to ensure that your workplace is a healthy space for everyone. 

Bad Habits in the Workplace Can Impact the Health and Safety of Yourself and Your Colleagues

1. Eating at your deskdirty workplace habits

Experts agree that mindful eating is important for our physical and mental well-being. Not only is skipping your lunch break and wolfing down your sandwich a recipe for indigestion, keyboards are notorious crumb-catchers. Eating at your desk can leave all sorts of debris behind, result in spills and the introduction of bacteria. For meal and snack breaks, give yourself a real break and stretch your legs while you enjoy your food outside of the office. If you need to eat at your desk once in a while, be sure to wipe up all crumbs with a clean, dry microfibre cloth and then sanitize with a clean, damp microfibre cloth. At the end of the day, give it another once-over to be sure there are no “leftovers”.

2. Keeping old food in the communal fridge

Someone is always going to be stuck cleaning out the staff fridge. Maybe it’s the temp, or the intern, or maybe you have a rotating chores list for staff. Forgotten sour cream from the Mexican take out down the street, the half-eaten salad from last week, or even Tina’s tuna sandwich that got shoved to the back of the fridge… these things do not age well. Food that’s past its prime can very easily introduce germs and bacteria into the staff fridge. Not only does it look and smell horrible, but it can contaminate the kitchen, making you sick. Encourage everyone to remove their leftovers and food containers at the end of every workday. Make a rule that the fridge must be emptied out at the end of every week, except for the communal coffee creamer or condiments.

3. Not washing hands after using the bathroom

Not washing your hands after using the washroom can mean that everything you touch afterwards can become contaminated with germs, particularly e-coli. Experts now believe that not washing your hands after using the toilet can be more unhealthy than eating raw meat! So, do yourself and everyone else a favour and always wash your hands with soap and water after you go. Wash between your fingers, your wrists, tops of hands and under your fingernails as well and use a clean paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the door to keep your hands squeaky clean.

4. Not using disinfectants between cleanings

Depending on the schedule you’ve chosen for your janitorial service, you may need to do some DIY disinfecting between cleanings. High touch areas should be given a quick wipe down at the end of the day, or during shift changes. These areas include doorknobs, faucets, light switches, the staff coffee maker, microwave handle and anything else that is frequently touched and used.

5. Going to work while sick

It’s tempting to try to tough it out and not have to use a valuable sick day, but by going to work while ill, you increase the chances of a longer recovery period for yourself. When we’re sick, we feel run down and tired because our body is asking for rest to be able to fight the cold or flu you’re struggling against. Not only that, but chances are good that you’ll spread the illness to your coworkers or boss! No one wants to be exposed to germs at work, so if you’re under the weather, fight the urge to soldier on. Stay home and enjoy your rest.

6. Grooming at your desk

Not only is it strange, but it’s also unhygienic. Filing nails, clipping toenails, brushing hair, doing your makeup, etc… at your desk looks unprofessional. Even if you’re in a rush, your best bet is to practice your grooming routines in the privacy of your own home or the staff bathroom.  Especially if you have a shared workspace, you really won’t want your hair and makeup brushes to touch the desk surface and then touch your face or hands. Also, anything with a scent should generally be left at home. That goes for nail polishes and colognes/perfumes since the scents and ingredients can affect others with sensitivities and allergies.

7. Letting your trash pile up

Your cold-brew cup and straw, snack wrappers, used tissues, and other paraphernalia can quickly fill up a small wastebasket and recycling bin. It’s easy to let it pile up and take it out when it’s full, but for best results, you’ll want to clear out your personal waste at the end of every workday. Insect and vermin love crumbs left from lunch, or those dregs of your 11 am coffee. The last thing you want to deal with while checking the daily reports is an army of sugar ants on the carpet or a pesky housefly buzzing around. Keeping your bins emptied will also reduce the risk of accidentally tipping them over and spreading bacteria and germs that quickly attach themselves to waste. The less garbage at your desk, the better.

Dirty workplaces impact productivity and employee health and morale. When you’re looking for commercial cleaning services for your business, you can trust Mayfair Building Services. Our trained and certified cleaning crew is bonded and insured and specializes in a wide variety of cleaning techniques. 

We also offer eco-friendly cleaning solutions to get and keep your workplace at peak cleanliness, without the use of any harmful chemicals and cleaning products. Whether you need the occasional carpet cleaning or require a frequent and thorough clean, contact us at Mayfair Building Services to discuss your needs with our knowledgeable staff today!

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How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard

Tips on Keeping Your Computer and Desk Area Clean

Some experts say keyboards are even dirtier than the toilet. Let that one sink in for a minute.

Because keyboards are such a high touch item, it’s important to keep them as clean as possible. This will help keep everyone protected from the bacteria and microbes that make us sick.cleaning your computer keyboard

Particularly in shared desk environments, you’ll want to make sure that the keyboard at your desk is cleaned and sanitized. The good news is that cleaning and disinfecting your keyboard and desk space only takes a few minutes each day. Another thing to keep in mind is that a dirty work area has also been shown to decrease employee morale and productivity.

If the keyboard at your desk is dusty, sticky and full of crumbs, follow these steps to get it looking and feeling fresh again.

What You’ll Need

  • Clean microfibre clothes (1 damp with water, 1 to use with disinfectant, 1 dry)
  • Can of compressed air meant for use with electronics.
  • Toothbrush, clean mascara brush, toothpick, Q-Tip or whatever you have on hand to reach between the keys.
  • Cleaning slime or clear tape.

Best Way to Clean an External Keyboard

  1. First, you want to clean dust debris from between the keys. To do this, use a can of compressed air with a narrow nozzle. These are specially designed for sensitive electronics since they clear out crumbs and other “junk” without the use of chemicals or moisture.
  2. Hold your keyboard at a 75-degree angle and spray the compressed air from left to right in a zigzag pattern.
  3. To clear out anything left behind, unplug the keyboard if needed. Gently flip it over and tap the bottom. This should dislodge anything left behind.
  4. Give it another once-over with the compressed air.
  5. Next, dampen a clean microfibre cloth with water and gently wipe the tops of the keys.
  6. For any of that stuck on residue, take a Q-tip or clean mascara brush and gently brush each side of the keys.
  7. Finally, use your favourite disinfectant and wipe the keys with the damp cloth.
  8. Let dry for 5 minutes and then gently wipe with a fresh microfibre cloth.

Best Way to Clean an Internal (Laptop) Keyboard

  1. Turn off your laptop.
  2. Very gently flip your laptop upside down.
  3. Use a can of compressed air to blow debris out from between the keys.
  4. Adjust the angle of the keyboard and spray from left to right in a zigzag pattern.
  5. Use cleaning slime or clear tape to gently pick up any debris or grime left behind.
  6. Give the keypad a gentle wipe with a clean lightly damp cloth.
  7. Wipe the keys with your favourite disinfectant.
  8. Let dry for 5 minutes and then gently wipe with a fresh microfibre cloth.

How to Keep Your Keyboard Clean

You’ll want to wash your hands after all meal and bathroom breaks. The germs from our hands like to latch onto surfaces like a keyboard (lots of places to hide!) Also, the naturally occurring oils on our skin can degrade the print on the buttons over time. Have you ever noticed certain keys have a shiny finish to them? That’s caused by the oils on our fingers.

Try not to eat at your desk. You need and deserve a proper break and it’s much more hygienic to eat in a space meant for meal breaks. Otherwise, you’re more than likely to find coffee drippings or those toppings from your “everything” bagel embedded between the keys.

Crumbs accumulate so quickly and can really muck up a computer keyboard. If you really don’t have an option, try a keyboard cover or “skin” to shield the keyboard from any debris. A good quality silicone skin can also be thrown in the dishwasher or hand washed and you can choose any style or colour to personalize your laptop or desktop computer.

You’ll want to sanitize your keyboard (and mouse) daily. Keeping your bleach solution on hand for a quick wipe down before you leave for the day is an easy way to maintain a clean workspace. Alternatively, you can use pre-soaked sanitizing wipes. Any of the high touch areas at your desk and around the office can benefit from a daily sanitizing.

This daily sanitizing has a hidden benefit: it keeps clutter at bay. It’s easier to clean a tidy desk space, so you’ll be more likely to keep items tucked away and organized. This, in turn, will make it easier to do your job.

Other High Touch Areas That Should Be Cleaned Regularly

  • Headsets
  • Keyboard shelf
  • Desk surface
  • Phone
  • Doorknobs
  • Stationary trays and pencil holders

While you’re in the mood to clean your desk space, PC Mag has an excellent article on how to clean all your electronics, from mobile phones to smart speakers.

Since a full-time office job means you spend upwards of 40 hours a week at or near your workstation, keeping it tidy and germ free goes a long way towards keeping you and everyone around you healthy. At Mayfair Building Services, we’ve been serving the Greater Vancouver area for over 30 years, specializing in commercial office cleaning. Whether you’re looking for daily, weekly or monthly janitorial services, we will work with your schedule and budget to create a solution that works best for you. Curious? Give us a call or send us an email  to get a free quote today.