The 10 Worst Germ Hot Spots

Having a clean office or school can help to reduce employee and student absences. However, a routine cleaning may not be all you need to ensure that those who visit your facility don’t wind up sick. There are certain areas in the building that are considered to be germ hot spots and they can easily be missed or not thoroughly cleaned. The cleaning crews employed by Cleaning Consultants of America are provided extensive training on the common germ hot spots in different types of facilities so that they provide the most in depth and accurate cleaning and sanitation of your facility.

  1. Sink Faucet: Most sinks have a metal aeration filter at the end of the faucets. This filter is a breeding ground for bacteria. It is constantly kept moist and germs can easily spread to hands or lunchware that is being washed in the sink.
  2. Garbage Disposal: If your office’s break room sink contains a garbage disposal, then you’ve have another germ hot spot added to your facility. Your sink has over 500,000 bacteria on it – that’s 1000 times what is found on a toilet seat! CCA ensures that all sinks in your facility are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
  3. Soap Dispensers: Did you know that 25% of all bathroom soap dispensers are contaminated by fecal bacteria? That’s one in every four dispensers – many restrooms have at least four, or even more. Bathrooms need thorough cleanings and our CCA crews know that soap dispensers are one of the prime areas to clean!
  4. Office Desks: The surface of an office desk can actually contain more germs than the office bathroom! Desks can have up to 400 times more bacteria than the inside of a toilet bowl because they often aren’t sanitized anywhere near as often or as well as the bathroom is.
  5. Welcome Mat: Indoor or outdoor entryway mats are always one of the dirtiest things at a facility as it is one of the few things that everyone will step on coming in or out of the building. When it comes time to perform routine cleaning, these mats need a little extra attention.
  6. Grocery Cart Handles: These handles are touched by numerous people and children throughout the day. It has become such a germ hotspot that many grocery chains have begun to offer sanitizing wipes to clean the carts before being used.
  7. Gas Pumps: Current gas prices are scary enough without having to worry about bacteria infested pump handles. However, 71% of all gas pump handles have been found to be breeding grounds for germs.
  8. Restaurant Ketchup Bottles: The bottles are commonly passed from table to table and person to person and are infrequently wiped down throughout the day. Bacteria builds up and germs can pass from person to person as guest come and go from your restaurant. The same can be said for shared condiments in the break room of office buildings.
  9. Restaurant Menus: If you think the ketchup bottles see a lot of action, think about the menus that are passed to each person as they sit down. They are collected right back up after ordering, only to be placed behind the hostess stand for the next guest. These are typically only wiped down at the end of the day.
  10. Refrigerator Seal: Everyone remembers to wipe down the walls and shelves of the refrigerator and even the handles on the outside but the seal of the doors are commonly missed. Bacteria and spilled food or drinks can find their way into the cracks and crevices of the seals and use it as a breeding ground for more. This can cause further issues when left untreated if the germs spread through the rest of the fridge.

We aren’t trying to make germaphobes out of anyone, but we do want to point out where and how germ hot spots are created, and that they are across different commercial fields of work. From office spaces to restaurants and gas stations, germs are everywhere. Be sure to hire a cleaning company that knows how to recognize these germ hot spots and help you battle them during every cleaning sessions (and in between our visits!).