What do you think is the dirtiest place in your office?
If you start thinking about the bathroom, you are way off.
In a recent study conducted by Kimberly-Clark in conjunction with the University of Arizona, some 4,800 surfaces in different offices were swabbed and analyzed, the winner of the dirtiest place in the office goes to the sink-faucet handle in the break room.
A count of 100 or more on an instrument that measures foreign particles means that the surface swabbed probably needs cleaning; a count of 300 or more means it’s filthy. Here’s a breakdown of what they found in offices:
75% of break room sink faucets had a count of 300 or more
48% of microwave door handles had a count of 300 or more
27% of keyboards had a count of 300 or more
26% of refrigerator handles had a count of 300 or more
23% of water fountain buttons had a count of 300 or more
21% of vending machine buttons had a count of 300 or more (it apparently isn’t just the junk in the machine that can kill you, just pressing the button is bad for you!)
Surfaces that rated 100 or more include:
91% of break room sink faucets
80% of microwave door handles 69% of keyboards
69% of refrigerator handles
53% of water fountain buttons
51% of computer mice
51% of desk phones
48% of coffee pots and dispensers
43% of vending machine buttons