Tackling Germs: Your Mobile Phone

Did you know, the average person touches their mobile phone 85 times a day? They have become ubiquitous in modern life and we use them for an increasing number of activities:  from setting your morning alarm to checking emails and booking taxis, they rarely leave our side (even in the bathroom).

It should not come as a surprise then that our mobile phones accumulate a lot of dirt and bacteria over the course of a day. By being repeatedly passed from your warm pocket, to your hands and then held next to your mouth, they become a prime vehicle for infection and often get overlooked. Not only that, but the nooks and crannies of your phone cover, and the heat the phone generates is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Most mobile phones are in fact dirtier than a toilet seat and can easily lead to illness and the spread of infection. According to PwC research, sick days cost UK businesses £29 billion each year.

When was the last time you cleaned your mobile phone?

How do you keep a mobile phone clean? I hear you ask. Well, it is mostly a matter of hand hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet, stroking pets, handling raw meat etc. before touching your phone, and always wash your hands before eating.

You may also wish to use specially formulated mobile phone sanitising wipes which are specially designed to be safe to use on electronic devices.

Other germ hotspots

Your mobile phone is not the only germ hotspot on your desk. You computer keyboard should be regularly cleared of debris by turning upside down and gently shaking out the crumbs and dust that naturally accumulate. Follow this up with another electronic cleaning wipe.

Other germ hotspots include your desk (especially if you eat at your desk), your mouse and desk phone. A professional commercial cleaning contractor will know the best methods to effectively and safely clean and sanitise these items, helping to reduce cross contamination in your office.

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