Bacteria on Hospital Keyboards

Germs on Keyboards

More doctors are switching to electronic patient records. The bacteria on hospital keyboards are becoming a problem. Many people could potentially use the same computer and then transmit the bacteria to patients. People who are already sick may be more vulnerable to bacterial infections. Hospital patients may be more likely to become seriously ill from bacteria transmitted from computers and health care workers’ hands. Researchers found that a good way to prevent the transmission of infection is for health care workers to wash their hands and to have computer keyboards disinfected on a regular basis.

Keeping Your Computer Keyboard Clean

Everything you touch does not have to be sterile in order to be safe. There are bacteria all around us and most of them will not make us sick. Having some bacteria on your keyboard will not necessarily hurt you. Washing your hands before and after using your keyboard is a good idea. For everyday hand washing, regular soap and water are effective to kill bacteria.

Keyboards and Bacteria

Research shows that keyboards can have high levels of bacteria on them. Shared keyboards tend to have more bacteria than those used by only one person. Researchers also found that the average desktop has many times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Most bacteria found by researchers are types that tend to live on people, usually in our skin and in our mouths and nasal passages. So likely most of the the bacteria on hospital keyboards came from our hands.

Although many of these bacteria won’t hurt you unless your immune system is weak because of another illness, it could still cause an infection in you have a cut on your fingers (even a tiny one you can’t see). It is still wise to be careful, especially if you are sharing a computer with other people. For example, if the person who used the keyboard before you was coming down with the flu, it is possible that you could catch the flu from using the keyboard afterwards.

A good precaution is to wash your hands before and after using a shared computer, telephone or other equipment and to encourage others to do the same. It is not a good idea, either, to eat at your computer, especially if you share it with others. When you eat and then type, you are probably transmitting bacteria from your mouth to the keyboard and also getting crumbs everywhere.

If your keyboard or it is very dirty, here are some steps to clean it.

  1. Shut down and unplug your computer.
  2. Turn the keyboard upside down. Shake out the loose debris.
  3. Use a cotton swab (such as a Q-tip) with water or isopropyl alcohol to clean in-between the keys to reduce bacteria on hospital keyboards.
  4. Wipe down the rest of the keyboard with the cloth.

Remember, simple hand washing is always the best way to stop the spread of bacteria!

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Workplace hygiene

Workplace hygiene is so very important today. If you share a computer, or if you use public computers such as in a library, your computer keyboard and mouse are places where dirt, oil and germs can collect. In addition to potentially harmful germs, you could also be leaving stuff on your computer that affects the overall worplace hygiene in your office.

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Eating on the go

If you eat or drink around your keyboard, you’re probably dropping crumbs or splashing fluids, even if you can’t see it happening. Over time, all this debris works its way into the spaces between and under your keys.

Eating at your desk is practically begging for bacteria growth. Clean your desk before and after you eat. Using antibacterial wipes that kill germs is a great practice. You can start the routine of eliminating this debris by turning your keyboard upside down every so often and shaking it. Just make sure you shut it down first. You will be surprised at how much dirt and debris will fall out.

Shake it off

Not everything that falls in the cracks of your computer keyboard can be removed with a feather duster or vigorous shaking. The oils from your fingers can get on everything you touch, including your keys. Splatters of sugary drinks or other sticky liquids can also fall on the surface as well as in the cracks between keys.

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Regular regime

To fight the gunk, and to promote good health, add surface cleaning and germ killing to your routine of keyboard cleaning. Weekly, wipe the surface of your computer with a lint-free cloth that’s slightly dampened (not dripping). If you’re using a laptop, be sure to shut it off first. Though you could use water to dampen the cloth, it won’t cut the dirt and grease, and it won’t kill the germs. Instead, use sprays and pre-moistened wipes that are specially designed to clean a computer keyboard. Some of these cleaners include anti-bacterial chemicals to help kill germs and sanitize the surface.

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You can get good results using a 50-50 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol. Though the alcohol is also an antiseptic, it may not kill all the germs. To kill more germs, use an antibacterial household surface cleaner after you’ve removed the grimy stuff.

Need to go deeper? You can use cotton swabs damped with isopropyl alcohol to get into tight spaces between and under keys. Be careful doing this, though: disconnect the keyboard.

Shared workstation

Sharing phones, desks, and office implements puts germs on the fast track for spreading! Be aware that the more people who share a workstation, the more germs can likely be found there. There are a surprising number of workers who admit to never cleaning their desks. When it comes to workplace hygiene, if you don’t have to share, don’t. Don’t use your coworkers’ computers or phones, or sit at their desks, unless you have to. If you absolutely must, be sure to wash your hands before and after. Get started cleaning that keyboard now!

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Continued workplace hygiene

At the end of the day, having a tidy desk with less clutter will ultimately help improve workplace hygiene. A desk with less on it will be easier to clean properly. Having less clutter is linked to better focus. Regardless, practice the pro tips above to ensure that your desk is hygienic and provides a healthy and safe place to work!

Hotel keyboard germs

Keyboard germs

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”.

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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.”

In addition, take extra measures to clean your workstation keyboard.

Computer and remote control keyboards

Crumbs

Eating at home while on the computer can become a habit. We use our computer and remote control keyboards on a daily basis. The combination of eating while working can create an opportunity for your computer workstation keyboard and household remote control to become very messy. Take a look at your own keyboard sometime. I think we can all agree that our computer, laptop and tablet keyboards could use a good cleaning sometime.

On top of that, ever reach for the remote at home while on your nice sofa or loveseat and find the remote all yucky and dirty. YEP, happens all the time at my place. Especially after the grandkids have spent an absolutely wonderful weekend with us. Chips, cheezies; you never know what you will find between the remote control buttons. All of our keyboards could use a good cleaning and sanitizing after those visits.

Computer and remote control keyboards are part of our every day lives. We share them quite often allowing the spread of unwanted dirt and germs from one person to another in a seemingly unoticible way. We should all take extra measure to help stop the spread of germs by way of common places.

Laptops

The laptop, cell phones and home computers at our place constantly being used. All of their keyboards aquiring dirt and germs on a daily basis. That is why we recommend using the Keyboard-Kleaner as a regular part of your home hygiene routines. The Keyboard-Kleaner is a product that will keep your computer keyboards dirt and grime free. Non-toxic, environmentally friendly, disposable and most of all a do-it-yourself product. Safe for home, school or office.

The Keyboard-Kleaner will clean, sanitize and restore the appearance of your computer and remote control keyboards. The Keyboard-Kleaner also works great on cell phones.

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Shared keyboards in the library

Germs everywhere

The amount of germs per square inch on the exterior surface of shared keyboards in the library is amazing. Surfaces commonly used by teachers and librarians like phones and keyboards have the most bacteria per square inch. The amount of germs on shared library keyboards is nearly ten times more than other professions. Reports show “The number of bacteria or germs found on each surface is thought to be directly related to item usage and cleaning practices”. In places like libraries and schools, teachers’ work items are commonly shared between staff, students and the general public. This study shows there is a definite need for effective and preventative cleaning protocols.

Headsets

Whether they are dedicated use or shared, headsets should be cleaned frequently. Shared headsets have removable ear components that are dedicated for each user. Ear infections are a common ailment for headset users. Clean headsets weekly or as often as needed. Use soap and water. Do not share foam cushions. Replace ear cushions as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keyboards

Clean your keyboard weekly. Keep all food and drink away from the keyboard area. Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake out any particles. Using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol, or a slightly damp cloth with soap and water, clean the sides and tops of the keys. Do not spray anything on them. Use a soft cotton cloth, with a little rubbing alcohol, if needed. Clean your mouse monthly. If there is a ball, remove it. Using a clean cloth dipped in alcohol or slightly damp with soap and water, rub the outside surfaces clean. Only clean the exterior of the computer case. Use a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol. The Keyboard-Kleaner will clean and sanitize your computer keyboard and mouse.

Phones and hand-held devices

The hazard most associated with these devices is potential hearing impairment people rarely think of hazards associated with cleanliness. Yet, these are the most used and shared of all work equipment. General cleaning for dust, dirt and stickiness is simple: Gentle rubbing with a clean cloth and water.

Cleaning and disinfecting

For a more thorough disinfecting, especially for shared equipment, use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab weekly. In addition, try to clean keyboards regularly when shared. Maintain workplace computers and other devices on-site. Direct contact with dirty and contaminated workstations is common in workplaces. The Keyboard-Kleaner will clean and sanitize your workstation keyboard.

Workplace cleaning practices

Clean regularly touched items such as workstation tools before and after use. Clean tools often. Some companies have gone as far as to conduct meetings outdoors. Increase space by staggering lunch breaks and using sanitizing gels and masks to avoid droplet spread. In addition, stay 2 metres apart while working to ensure there is enough space between people. Open doors and windows to let in more fresh air in. Try to get fresh air by going outside during breaks.

Pandemic Solutions

Germ spread

Respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes are the main way colds and flues are spread from one person to another. This process is called “droplet spread.” This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air and land on surfaces nearby. Pandemic solutions include stopping the spread of germs.

When a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a computer keyboard, colds and flus can spread rapidly. Especially, when a person touches his or her own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands. Viruses and bacteria can live for a period of 2 hours or longer when they land on hard surfaces like computer keyboards.

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Shared keyboards

Individuals in an office environment share personal computer keyboards. This enables the spread of germs, colds, flues, viruses and other nasty parasites in a seemingly unnoticeable way. Tests show that the exterior surface of computer hardware can have at least one form of bacteria present.

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How often should I clean my keyboard?

In a recent study, the researchers reported that 52% of people said they clean their keyboard about once or twice a month. To properly disinfect, you should aim to clean it daily, the authors say. If you are the only person using your computer, most of that bacteria likely won’t cause you any serious harm. In a shared computer workstation environment, research finds that once per week is good.

Prevention is key when it comes to pandemic solutions for today. Washing your hands regularly and keeping snacks away from your computer will help too.

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Clean my keyboard Canada

The Keyboard-Kleaner is a brand new product that helps reduce the spread of unwanted dirt and germs from one person to another. Unclean computer keyboards can benefit from regular use of the Keyboard-Kleaner. is a one-time-use, disposable cleaning kit.

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The Concept

The dirt and germs adhere to the various detailing swabs and wipes in the Keyboard-Kleaner kit , and then both are disposed of into the garbage container.

This is what sets our product ahead of the rest; it’s a disposable product. The Keyboard-Kleaner product will reduce the spread of unwanted dirt and germs. Help break the chain of infection. Make regular use of this keyboard cleaning kit one of your pandemic solutions at home, school and office.

Competition

The Keyboard-Kleaner offers a timely alternative to the canned air spray, the feather duster and the chamois cloth. Canned air spray actually releases harmful fluorocarbons and powerful greenhouse gases into the air around us.

One of our main  competitor’s product Cyber Clean actually uses a putty that is pressed onto unclean surfaces with your hands, and is subsequently stored in a jar to be re-used amongst all of the computer hardware you own.

Break the chain of infection

In order to break the chain of infection, a computer cleaning product must consist of disposable items. Unlike the others above, the Keyboard-Kleaner product is a one-time use, disposable product.

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Use the Keyboard-Kleaner kit as a regular cleaning regime. Sharing computer keyboards at office workstations can lead to employee absenteeism.  Sick leave costs companies millions each year.

Pandemic solutions for school, home, workplace

Schools experience increased absenteeism due to germs being spread by means of dirty computer keyboards. Computer viruses are not only limited to software. Just consider the fact that cold and flu viruses can be spread amongst people via unclean computer keyboards.

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Loss of wages

For example, if an employer had 4 employees on 1 day worth of sick leave every month, and the company lost $12 per hour in wages on an eight hour day for each absent employee, the said company would have to pay their salary regardless. Multiplied for the 12 months of the year, the said company will lose $4,608 in wages paid to employees on non-productive sick days every month.

Similarly, an absentee student can miss crucial learning time as a result of unhealthy school classroom and computer workstations. As a pandemic solution, trust the do-it-yourself Keyboard-Kleaner on shared computer hardware.

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Competitive Edge

The product is light weight and small. We only ship to Canada and the United States. Our orders are shipped via UPS and Canada Post.

Use of the Keyboard-Kleaner Kit on a regular basis will help eliminate germs during the cold and flu season. We offer schools and businesses a way to clean their keyboards.

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Environmental Statement

The Keyboard-Kleaner product is disposable, non – toxic, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Germicidal; yet no harsh chemicals used. The cleaning ingredients include distilled white vinegar and water, isopropyl alcohol, and orange citris cleaner.

Justification

We must stop the spread of unwanted dirt and germs from one person to another. The Keyboard-Kleaner is personal protection equipment made here in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Stop the spread of covid-19

Pandemic solutions include taking extra measures to stop the spread of unwanted dirt and germs. Germs can spread from one person to another by way of unclean computer keyboards. Look into products like the Keyboard-Kleaner as a way to make shared computer keyboards safer for everyday use.