If you want to avoid being ill this season,, it might be wise to clean off your desk Most of us are not aware that when it comes to bacteria, one of the biggest threats is lurking on our working stations.
Keyboards and Bacteria
Computers are such a big part of lives but they also carry traces of everything we do and everywhere we’ve been. Our hands come into contact with thousands of bacteria each day and then that bacteria transfers itself to our computer keyboard.
Keyboards harbour and may contain 20,000 times more bacteria than a toilet bowl, and experts claim that shared keyboards tend to have more bacteria. Your mouse is 45,000 times more contaminated than the toilet flush handle. Yeeks!
These grim findings were discovered by CBT Nuggets, who conducted a research and swab typical items use in an office to determine which items harbour most bacteria. The result revealed that, overall, electronic ID badges was the dirtiest item, with 243 times bacteria than a germ filled pet toy.
Keyboards came second, followed by a computer mouse, trackpad and mobile phones - which had 162 times more bacteria than money.
dirty keyboard can easily pass on diseases and illness between users in the office, so it’s essential to clean and sanitise them once in a while to prevent bacteria growth.
You can use a cotton buds with isopropyl alcohol to clean the edges of the keys and those hard to reach surfaces. Make sure to disconnect the keyboard on your PC to avoid any damages. You can use wipes to clean top areas of the keyboard and all other large, open surfaces with disinfectant wipes.
Quick cleaning can be done by using a can of compressed air to get rid of foreign matter.Simply turn the keyboard upside down and tap on it a few times.
Prevent keyboard bacterial contamination
An easy way to reduce contamination is to wash your hands before and after you use a computer to kill bacteria. Hand sanitiser will also do the job.
Wipe down your desk and keyboards for at least once a week to keep your working station clean for longer.