When was the last time that you cleaned your keyboard? The team at Mrs Bucket urge all our commercial cleaning clients to regularly check the cleanliness of their staff’s keyboards. It is important that a keyboard is cleaned regularly because it is one of the main causes of spreading flu and other illnesses in the workplace.
Studies claim that there is 3,000 bacteria per square inch on a computer keyboard, which makes it on average 400 times dirtier than an average toilet seat. This is due to members of staff not washing their hands properly or eating at their desks. 47% of illnesses can be reduced by washing hands so it is essential that everyone understands the importance of regularly washing hands or using a hand sanitiser throughout the working day.
When we work in commercial spaces we always clean each workspace thoroughly, but we would advise that everyone cleans their keyboard regularly to avoid a build-up of bacteria.
Here is a quick and easy way to clean your keyboard today:
1. Shut down your computer
Before you start the cleaning process remember to shut down your computer and unplug your keyboard to ensure that you clean the device safely.
2. Remove any debris
If you are someone that usually eats at their desk, there will probably be crumbs stuck between the keys. To remove this, we would advise turning the keyboard upside down and gently shaking it. Alternatively, use a can of compressed air and spray it between the keys.
3. Clean the keys
Dip a cotton swap into some rubbing alcohol and use the swap to clean around and on the keys. Please use sparingly though, as it is important that the keyboard does not get too wet. The alcohol will help to clean and sterilise the keyboard, meaning that the keyboard is more sanitary. If you do not have access to rubbing alcohol a quick clean with a disinfectant wipe will help but won’t be as powerful as the alcohol.
4. Leave to dry
When cleaning a keyboard you should always use the products sparingly so that the keys don’t get wet. However, we would advise that you clean your keyboard before you go home to allow time for it to dry thoroughly. In the morning, the keyboard can then be plugged in and you will be able to start work knowing your keyboard is free from bacteria!
If you would like more information about cleaning within the workplace and how Mrs Bucket can help, do not hesitate to get in touch today.