Spring Cleaning – It’s Never Too Late!

No matter when you are reading this post, it is never too late to Spring Clean! Call it summer clean if you need to, but really it just means a fresh start. We’ve got some expert tips to help you get started with your office spring clean:
  1. Tackle the piles of paper first. You can’t actually clean your desk if it’s covered in papers.
  2. Catch up on your filing. Once you recycle the paperwork you no longer need, make sure to utilize a filing system to store the papers you need to keep.
  3. Clean the spaces you’ve forgotten about all year! A fresh start includes making sure EVERYTHING is clean. This includes the places you normally don’t think about—tops of cubicles, behind your computer, the crumbs lodged in your keyboard, your filing cabinets.
  4. Disinfect all the high-touch areas. You might want to do this one more than just during spring cleaning. High-touch areas include phone, keyboard, headsets, desktops, as well as doorknobs and handles.
  5. Spring clean your air too! Did you know that indoor air is 5x dirtier than outdoor air? YIKES! If you don’t already have an air purifier, what are you waiting for? If you do already have one, now is a good time to check the filter and swap it out if needed.

Our Top Spring-Cleaning
Supply Picks

Not sure what supplies you need to get started? Here are a few of our top choices.

TruShot 2.0

Looking for a dispensing system for your small office or anywhere the occupants are cleaning themselves? TruShot 2.0 from SC Johnson is the way to go. It has an easy-to-use system that requires no mixing or measuring AND can be filled at any water source.

Decorative Bankers Boxes

If you need to utilize storage boxes, at least make them decorative. Stylish with the heavy-duty strongness you love about Banker Boxes. These fit both legal and letter files. Quick and easy to assemble and easily stackable.

Fellowes AeraMax
Air Purifier

This purifier has four-stage hospital-type filtration that effectively cleans small spaces. The Aeramax line detects air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified. True HEPA filter safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including allergens, viruses, and cigarette smoke.

Purell Surface Disinfectant

This product is fantastic! It is a one-step disinfectant and sanitizer that kills 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria – including cold and flu, strep, norovirus, Listeria, MRSA, VRE, and human coronavirus. Can be used on both hard and soft surfaces AND can be used on food-contact surfaces with no rinse required. Perfect for the office and the breakroom!
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Jet Air Dryers: Are They The Best Option?

Are you looking for the most hygienic option for your workplace bathrooms? The science is clear: Single-use paper towels are a more effective and hygienic way to dry your hands after washing compared to jet air dryers.

Jet Air Dryers vs Paper Towels

Source: Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies

95% of adults don’t wash their hands long enough to remove bacteria and germs, so they remain on their hands after washing. If they dry their hands with a jet air dryer afterwards, the germs and bacteria blow off in water droplets. These water droplets can travel as far as 6.5 feet and remain in the air for up to 15 minutes.

Jet Air Dryers can increase the germ count on fingers by up to
42% as compared to not washing them at all.

The Science is Clear: Paper Towels are Good Hygiene

A University of Westminster study found high-speed and warm-air dryers can harbor bacteria on surfaces and inside dryers. This could lead to cross contamination if users reach inside and touch the surface of the unit or when bacteria could be carried in the airstream and deposited on wet hands.

And the bacteria they found? It included fecal bacteria such as E. coli, as well as Staphylococcus. YUCK!

An article in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journal also examined the hygienic efficacy of these hand-drying methods. Mayo’s recommendation? Paper towels are the best hand-drying option in locations where “hygiene is paramount,” such as hospitals and clinics. The study concluded, “From a hygiene viewpoint, paper towels are superior to electric air dryers.” While the study may just have been talking about hospitals and clinics, all businesses can take note to ensure their facilities have good hygiene as well.

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Sources For More Information:
The Hygienic Efficacy of Different Hand-Drying Methods: A Review of the Evidence, Mayo Clinic Proceedings

E.L. Best, K. Redway, “Comparison of Different Hand-Drying Methods: The Potential for Airborne Microbe Dispersal and Contamination,” Journal of Hospital Infection, 89 (2015)

P.T. Kimmitt & K.F. Redway, “Evaluation of the Potential for Virus Dispersal During Hand Drying: A Comparison of Three Methods,” Journal of Applied Microbiology, 120 (2016)

E.L. Best, P. Parnell and M.H. Wilcox, “Microbiological Comparison of Hand-Drying Methods: The Potential for Contamination of the Environment, User and Bystander,” Journal of Hospital Infection, 88.4 (2014)

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care, Published by the World Health Organization

Observational Study at ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016, Published by the European Tissue Symposium