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6 areas of your office with more germs than a public toilet.

6 Areas of your Office with More Germs Than a Public Toilet

Kimberly Clark Professional performed a study to find out where the germs are hiding in the typical workplace. They identified six germ hot spots and, shockingly, bathroom fixtures are nowhere on the list.  Five of the top six are in the break room. That’s right — where you eat!

Top six germiest areas of your office:

1. Kitchen faucet
2. Microwave handle
3. Computer keyboard
4. Refrigerator door handle
5. Water fountain button
6. Vending Machine Button.

Aside from the ick factor, these high levels of contamination cost business money.  Sick workers cost the economy $227 billion a year in lost productivity. You can slow the spread of germs in the office break room with regularly cleaning surfaces with disinfectants and by fostering good personal habits in workers. Kimberly Clark offers a few tips that have can have a big impact.

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Encourage workers to wipe down faucets, microwave handles and other surfaces by placing disinfectant wipes out near highly trafficked areas.

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Reduce the number of germs that end up on surfaces by making hand sanitizer widely available to employees.

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Make sure there is always hand soap available at the office sink. Regularly hand washing is the most effective way to stop the spread of germs.

Sources: The Fiscal Times, PR Newswire, Kimberly Clarke Healthy Workplace Project

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Best push brooms & garbage bags for fall leaves & more.

Ready to tackle the leaves and debris accumulating outside your business? Make sure you choose the right push brooms and garbage bags for the job.

Best push brooms for outdoor debris: hard, synthetic bristles

Use stiff bristle brooms for outdoor waste

Not all push brooms are equally suited for all jobs. Only brooms with hard, synthetic bristles are tough enough to corral large debris on rough surfaces. Natural fibers such as corn will snap off and create a bigger mess.

Tip: Hang up your push broom when your not using it to help the bristles retain their shape. Check out our buying guide for more information on brooms & broom maintenance.

Best garbage bags for outdoor waste: low-density bags

Low-density bags are the best choice for outdoor waste. Low-D bags stretch to accomadate sticks, twigs & other rough debris, leading to fewer punctures. Just don’t use them for heavy waste, such as dirt or rocks. Low-D bags will split when over-loaded with heavy objects. For more tips on choosing the best bags for various maintenance tasks, check out the buying guide.