The average office employee’s hands come in contact with 10 million bacteria a day: E-coli bacteria are present on 10% of coffee mugs; The average desk is home to 400 times more bacteria than a dirty dish cloth; Fecal matter can be found on 16% of phones; Each time you use the office phone you are making much more than a three way call- you are talking to 25,127 microbes per square inch. If our bodies’ natural defenses stopped working, the bacteria in our guts would consume us in a matter of 48 hours. Scientists have even found bacteria living and thriving in the clouds, confirming every germaphobes worst nightmare: germs are EVERYWHERE.
Thinking about leaving your plush leather chair to curl up into a ball on the floor somewhere? Think again: Dust off one of those forgotten used floor scrubbers and go to town. One of the filthiest places in our everyday life is our shoes and (guilty by association) – the floors. The average person’s shoes are home to at least nine different bacteria and 90% of the time the germs we carry on our shoes are transferred to our floors.
Carpets are the worst host, housing enough germs to be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. Carpet is the germ residence of choice due to all the human skin cells that are caught in between the fibers, serving as food for our tiny friends. From here, I think we can all reason that any “five second rule” we have been using should be considered null and void.
Luckily, most of these microorganisms can be eliminated by using the company floor cleaning machines. Floor scrubbers are ideal for carpet cleaning because of the amount of pressure the machines exert. This extra pressure allows the cleaner to reach deep within the carpet (where most germs live), instead of just brushing the surface. A floor scrubber machine is also continuously replenished with fresh water and chemicals, so that it never regurgitates contaminated solution onto your floors. A floor sweeper is a more efficient cleaner than a typical vacuum cleaner because instead of sucking particles into an open container and then letting them spill back onto your floor, sweepers secure the bacteria in an enclosed, airtight container (and keep them there!). These machines clean beyond the naked eye, ensuring a more sanitary floor space. With the aid of a quality scrubber and sweeper, there is still hope for a world where dropping your last Cheeto onto the floor does not cause a mental breakdown. 1…2…3…4…5!