You may want to pack some disinfectant wipes the next time you travel. When you stay in a hotel room, you usually expect that staff have cleaned it thoroughly after the last guest stayed there. But this is not always the case, and even regular cleaning can leave travelers open to other people’s germs, experts say. Hotel keyboard germs can also be a big problem.
Researchers found that light switches and TV remotes were among the objects most heavily contaminated with bacteria, and toilets and bathroom sinks also had high levels of microbial organisms.ny time you touch a lightswitch or TV remote, microbes from your hands transfer to the new object. So items like the hotel phone or a keyboard also harbor lots of germs. Of course, not all bacteria or viruses will make people sick. We come into contact with thousands of germs every day, and only a small percentage are ever dangerous, but it’s still important to take precautions. The most important advice? “Wash your hands frequently”.
Clean my keyboard
Keyboards can be a hotbed for germs. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, those who are still going into the office will be looking for good hygiene routines at work. Only a few people will still be working in offices as multiple ones have closed down and people are working remotely all over the world. To this end, however, it’s still incredibly important to keep on top of your hygiene if you are still in the office. In offices, especially those which hotdesk and move around different places, staff are frequently touching desks, keyboards, screens and mouses.
How long does coronavirus live on objects?
We know now, thanks to a study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine – that the coronavirus was still detectable on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours. Viruses generally live longer on non-porous surfaces such as metals and plastics, meaning phones and keyboards are particularly rife with germs. Using Clorox disinfecting wipes, you can gently wipe keyboards, phones and other hard services clean.
How often should you clean your office desk?
You should be cleaning down your office desk before and after you use it for the day. Especially if you’re only one of a few people in the office. It is also possible that you could become infected by touching surfaces or objects that have been contaminated with the respiratory secretions from an infected person and then touching your own mouth, nose, or eyes. You should also cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, putting used tissues in the bin immediately. You should then wash your hands afterwards.
How should you clean your hotel computer keyboard and desk?
The good news is that you won’t need any special products to clean down your keyboard. Just a normal Clorox disinfecting wipe used on keyboards and other hard services will be effective. The NHS says rubbing these kinds of wipes over your keyboard, mouse and desk area will be extremely helpful in stopping the spread of germs. Medical experts have also told us that: “The usual cleaning methods for surfaces and objects should be followed.”