Although no one would be very keen to retrieve any item from the toilet, not even mentioning food, experts like Eileen Abruzzo (director of infection control at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, New York) believes that our kitchen sinks may be harbouring even more germs. Bits of food remaining on dirty dishes even those left soaking in water can be a breeding ground for all manner of sicknesses causes by bacteria including e.coli and salmonella. These germs arent satisfied living only ondishes, they are very happy being spread far and wide through physical contact.
Carpets are usually made from many small hairlike parts. Perfect place for all manner of dirt to get stuck in and make a home. Imagine all the filth found on the roads in cities not too mention filth carried from your home. One study found that almost 96% of shoe soles had traces of coliform, which includes fecal bacteria. Once these germs have taken hold they live there and everytime you step on the carpet you are spreading the sickness causing dirt to spread even further.
Research by Philip Tierno, Jr., Ph.D., New York University Langone Medical Center microbiologist, immunologist and author of The Secret Life of Germs, shows that your carpet is a lot dirtier than you think. In fact, it probably has about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. That's about 4,000 times worse than your toilet.
A study has shown that approximately 25 percent of soap dispensers found in public bathrooms are contaminated with fecal bacteria. Ironic that the soap which we rely on for our cleanliness can be the very cause of our sickness. The more hands that come into contact with these soap dispensers the more the bacteria are fed and get to grow and evolve. A thorough deep clean is necessary on a regular basis to stop the build up and ultimate spread of disease.
Kitchen counters are a breeding zone for a whole host of bacteria. Everytime you or one of your colegues bring food from home or a the shop on the corner your are inviting new bacteria to the comunal kitchen area which is then spread via touch to the most unlikely areas. For this reason it is crucial to have a regular cleaning service that uses the correct heavy duty cleaning chemicals and practices to push back and kill the infections environment.
Imagine the layout of your office or workshop. Now group all the places you and your colleagues share on a daily basis. Telephones, vending machines, bathroom door handles, all other door handles, elevator buttons or stairway rails, hand driers in toilets...The list goes on. Now if only one of your colleagues does not practice a high level of hygiene all his/her germs are spread to everyone else that comes into contact with the same areas. All one needs to do is touch your face, mouth or eyes and you are the lucky winner of someone else’s dirtiness.
Germs and bacteria are brought into your workplace every day by people coming from home, the gym, public areas like restaurants, etc. They are unavoidable and can make you very ill. Here are some common sicknesses caused by areas that do not get cleaned regularly.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — This penicillin-resistant superhero of the bacterial world can run rampant in your carpet, especially if you working with people who love the gym.
MRSA can be carried by perfectly healthy people for hours or even years. Side affects are red bumps that become more painful and larger over time and results in a fever and rashes. It does not get any better without treatment and can eventually lead to death.
Campylobacter — Generally, this one is the most dangerous during the winter months, especially as you track in bacteria-friendly dampness during the rany season in South Africa. It leads to a potentially deadly disease known as campylobacteriosis, which is especially dangerous to people with a compromised immune systems such as the elderly or children.
Norovirus — Also known as the Norwalk virus, Norovirus causes symptoms similar to food poisoning or even the stomach flu. It can survive in your carpet for four to six weeks, and it becomes airborne as people walk or roll across it. If you live in areas with a prevalence of dust, you're in even more danger.
Fungi and mold — Several fungi and molds can invade your workplace, some of which can cause serious allergies and even death. Aspergillus, Rhizopus, Alternaria, Geotrichum and Cladosporium are all potential bedmates.
Micrococcus — This one can be particularly nasty for those with compromised immune systems. It can cause some serious-looking skin infections, septic shock, meningitis (among other things) and even death.
Enterococci —This one is found naturally in your intestines, but some species can cause serious infections in humans. Illnesses caused include u.t.i., bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis and meningitis, and some strains are resistant to treatment.
These are only a few of the germs you are liable to face in your working environment when a regular cleaning regime with understanding of the correct chemical and equipment usage is not followed.
Have your carpets deep cleaned regularly, preferably with wet vacs that are able to kill germs and then remove them thoroughly though the usage of specialised chemicals. You can also cover your heaviest traffic areas with a removable rug that can cleaned more easily.
Bathrooms need a regular deep clean to remove all the hidden germs found in the cracks and nooks. If they are not cleaned properly and often they build up and cause and even greater threat over time.
In short, either you need to personally perform a thorough clean of you premises on a regular basis or you need to hire a trustworthy and efficient cleaning company to perform these functions in an ongoing effort to keep you, your staff and any client that may visit healthy.