10 Germiest Features of Your Office

Posted on 28th September 2019 by jask Media

Shared office spaces breed germs, even when things appear clean on the surface. Office features that are touched by multiple people throughout the day become a haven for germs to congregate and spread. In a previous article, we revealed the three most disgusting places in every office. In this article, we’ll be highlighting the 10 typical features of an office that hide the most germs. 

Tap handles

Plates, mugs and even the sink bowl itself are cleaned regularly, but how about the tap handle? Ironically, the tap handles are often forgotten about, yet they’re constantly touched by multiple people throughout the day.

Door handles

People are constantly coming and going through different doors all day. Infectious germs can easily be left on door handles by people who sneeze or fail to wash their hands.


Even if you have a keyboard to yourself, they can often get dirty quickly. Hair, food and dust can quickly accumulate in the crevices between buttons and evolve into nasty bacteria if not cleaned regularly.

Vending machines

The food and drink inside may be replaced regularly, but how often is the machine itself cleaned? Germs can easily accumulate inside the buttons of the vending machine.

Non-automatic soap dispensers

It is somewhat ironic that we reach for the soap to rid germs from our hands and yet the soap dispenser contains germs in abundance. Consider switching to an automatic soap dispenser to prevent germs from spreading via the soap dispenser.

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People often shy away from regularly cleaning electrical equipment, but items such as the telephone can easily accumulate germs in the buttons and on the phone itself.


Similar to a keyboard, a mouse is touched constantly and yet is rarely cleaned. Touching a mouse when you’re slightly sick can leave harmful bacteria on the surface and leave you open to further illness when used in the future.

Microwave door

Not only is a microwave door handled by a lot of different people, but it’s also handled by a lot of different people touching food. This is a recipe for germs, but often the front of the microwave, along with the door, is cleaned less than the interior.

Elevator buttons

People travel in and out of the elevator each and every day. Germs can quickly build up within the buttons and will fester if not cleaned regularly.

Water fountain button

Water fountain buttons are handled by many people and can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. This is especially problematic as most water fountains require users to bend down and position their face and mouth near the button to drink the water.

Relying on standard cleaning techniques may leave the office looking clean, but have you truly eradicated disease-causing germs? Here at Direct Cleaning Services, we provide routine and one-off deep cleans of your office space to ensure you work in the most sanitary environment possible. Our professional cleaners have years of experience in the industry and are fully versed on which office areas require extra cleaning attention. If you’d like to enquire about any of our services, get in touch with our team today. We serve customers in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and the surrounding areas.