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"How You Can Implement Medical Cleaning Practices Into Other Residential & Commercial Cleaning Situations"

11 Apr 2020 2:41 PM | Renee & Kenneth Sterns

According to one recent workplace microbial survey, "desktop surfaces, computer keyboards, mouse and telephone receivers are more contaminated than restroom toilet seats."

Did you know that the average office toilet seat has approximately 49 germs per square inch? Desktops have almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and phones had more than 25,000 germs per square inch. Desks, phones, computer keyboards and your mouse are germ transfer points because people touch them so often.

Coughs and sneezes can leave a myriad of viruses that can be lost on these items for up to three days. 

Enclosed environments, where people are interacting closely with one another, are at a higher risk of the spread of germs. With people often going to work sick, this can quickly lead to outbreaks in workplace settings.


 Retro Clean, LLC realizes that our hands are responsible for the spread of 80% of common diseases with proper hand hygiene being recognized as the most cost effective means of infection control in the workplace. 

 "Health promotion or wellness programs have been shown to be effective at reducing absenteeism, health costs, workers compensation claims and turnover but often, forget to address infectious diseases.  Workplace infection control programs focusing on hand hygiene have been found effective at reducing absenteeism on average by around 40 %. An important component of prevention is hand hygiene training and supplies including soap, sanitizer, paper towels and tissues," comments Barry Michaels, an infectious disease expert.

And with all said isnt it just as important to transfer these same practices to our homes? 

Experienced cleaning companies can help you fight these germs and help your employees be happy and healthy. 

Visit IJCSA to find a list of qualified cleaning providers.


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