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How clean is your office? (Part 2)

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Countless numbers of germs and bacteria are everywhere and if you focus on that fact you could become a little paranoid with what’s around you! But we don’t want to send you into a blind panic…
Knowing that millions of people are pouring into offices on a daily basis and working in such close proximity together, it’s good to be aware of bacteria and how it’s spread so we can look at our cleaning and hygiene practices to minimise the potentially harmful impact the nasty bugs can have.
Work absence costs the economy about £14 billion per year according to the 2013 CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey – and this figure is at an all-time low…
Of course this figure doesn’t solely relate to short term office sickness but it certainly shows the enormity of the problem so everything we can do in the office, however small it may seem, will help to claw back those vital sick days leading to such economic loss.

The Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome (SBS) describes a range of symptoms thought to be linked to spending time in a certain building, most often an office. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, poor concentration and respiratory problem and office workers in modern buildings without opening windows and with mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems are most at risk and it can also be caused by poor standards of cleanliness…
And on top of an actual syndrome dedicated to illness in the office a survey by Durable reveals more in relation to the cleanliness of our work environment – 82% of us feel we would work harder in a cleaner office, now that’s a statistic your boss will be keen to hear! So poor office cleanliness can not only affect the physical health of workers but also their attitude towards work and emotional wellbeing. We know that when co-workers get ill, someone has to pick up the slack…
And in the same survey, 90% of offices claim to have cleaners in everyday and yet 65% of those who responded wished they had cleaned the equipment themselves, leading us neatly on to the importance of hiring in the experts.
A professional cleaning company servicing an office everyday can help to reduce the volume of bacteria which survives on surfaces and so will also help prevent the spread of these viruses around the work place leading to a healthier environment. Always enquire with your service provider about the cleaning products they use to ensure that disinfectants are being regularly used and arrange for specialist hardware cleaning [link to website] at regular intervals. Using disinfectants, along with proper hand hygiene, reduced the spread of bacteria in an office study by 80-99% states Charles Gerba, microbiologist for the University of Arizona.

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At Swift Office Cleaning Services Ltd we can plan and prepare a cleaning service to suit the needs of your office and the staff within it. We use professional cleaning products and alongside our daily office cleaning services we offer a specialist hardware cleaning service. So let’s clean up our act, call us today to discuss how we can help reduce the impact of poor health in the office with a professional clean.
For more information on our office cleaning services please contact us for a no obligation free quotation on 01279 413 614 or email us on customerservices@swiftcleaning.co.uk.