The Dirtiest Places in Your Office: Effective Cleaning Habits for 2020

by Lawton Brothers | Mar 05, 2020

We’ve all heard that the dirtiest place in the office is the keyboard or the bathroom door handle, but what are some other places in the office that the cleaning staff might be overlooking? 

Our team put together our notes on some of the top areas in the office that could use a little extra elbow grease this year. Start 2020 with an office that dazzles!


When your employees are busy typing away at their desks or someone offers to make coffee, they are rarely thinking about the bacteria that is being transferred to them through these surfaces. Hloom sent their team to get 25 swabs of bacteria (measured by colony-forming units (CFU) from five different office locations. Guess what they found. According to Hloom, some of the dirtiest places in the office include: 

●      The copier button holds 1,200,013 CFU, which is four times more bacteria than a pet’s bowl.

●      The coffee pot handle holds 108,592 CFU, which is 34 times more bacteria than a school’s toilet seat.

●      The office entrance door holds 545 CFU, which is 2.5 times more bacteria than a bathroom doorknob in the home.

●      The water cooler dispenser knob holds 185 CFU, which is four times more bacteria than a cutting board.


Other areas that germs could be lurking, according to WebMD, include, but limited to: 

●      Elevator buttons

●      Your employees desktop

●      The office telephone

●      Kitchen sponge 

We would encourage you to remind your cleaning staff that it is particularly important to pay special attention to the areas above that we mentioned.

 According to DeskTime

●      Only three percent of offices sufficiently have their offices cleaned

●      Eighty percent of infections spread through dirty and unclean surfaces than from coughs

●      Eleven percent of office workers don’t clean their keyword; 20 percent never clean their computer mouse

●      Forty-six percent sanitize their keyword once a month

So, what can your cleaning staff or office employees do about these hidden germs this year? There are multiple avenues you and your employees could take to keep your office clean. 

  1. If you don’t have a professional cleaning staff, schedule office clean up days with your employees. Rather than relying on them to spend a couple of minutes of their day to not only clean their desk by the common areas in the office, schedule one to two hours each week to spend time preparing for the upcoming week.
  2. [For those who do not have a professional cleaning service] Divvy up the cleaning task list for your employees. Have you ever had a group project where no one knew that their job was? Well, this is exactly the same. Instead of relying on your employees to divvy up the tasks, just make a list and attribute an employee to a couple of tasks each.
  3. Remind your employees and cleaning staff that cleanliness is directly correlated with safety. Remind employees that while it’s great to practice personal hygiene, especially when sick, it’s also important to practice communal hygiene as viruses can quickly spread throughout the office.
  4. Keep cleaning products available. You can’t expect your employees or cleaning staff to properly clean if you haven’t given them the supplies to do so. 

It’s incredibly important for the well-being of your office that cleaning habits are abided by. Not only can a clean office keep your employees nice and healthy, but it can also improve their mental health. 


At Lawton Brothers, our team can work with your cleaning team to understand which cleaning products are needed based on your office and its needs. We also have cleaning machinery that we can provide education on to your cleaning team. 

If you are unsure about how to properly choose a janitorial supply company for your cleaning solution needs, read our in-depth blog, 10 Questions to Ask a Janitorial Product Supply Company, to get insights into these questions: 

  1. What services do you have? 
  2. What cleaning products do you offer?
  3. What types of training do you offer?
  4. Can you tell me what products or machines I need for my building?
  5. Do you have products or machines that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency?
  6. & More 

If you’re ready to order cleaning products, or have questions give us a call to talk about your cleaning care needs:

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