How to Keep Your Desk Clean This Flu Season
September 20, 2021
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With winter and flu season approaching, keeping a clean and sanitised workspace is vital. To reduce the risk of germs spreading, you need to clean touch points regularly, especially those at your desk. These could be your computer mouse, keyboard, chair, screens and even the surface of the desk itself. Practising good desk hygiene at home and in the office will benefit you and those around you this flu season. We at Ryman are committed to keeping our office clean and tidy, so we’re going to share our tips on how to clean up your desk and keep your work space germ-free.

Why You Should Keep A Clean Desk At Home And In The Office

A variety of hand sanitisers from Let's Sanitise in different scents including lavender and aloe vera.A variety of hand sanitisers from Let's Sanitise in different scents including lavender and aloe vera.

You should be keeping your desk clean at all times of the year, but it’s especially important during flu season. Germs spread a lot easier, and people are more likely to fall ill due to the cold weather. To keep yourself and those around you healthy, you need to stay on top of your desk hygiene.

The Importance of Desk Hygiene

Regularly cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched will help prevent spreading germs and illness. Germs can, and will, sit on surfaces ready to be picked up by someone. It only takes one person to spread germs through an office and suddenly, a lot of people are off sick. Even if you’re working from home, it’s important to reduce the number of germs coming in so you don’t spread them to anyone else in your household.

We recommend keeping a bottle of Let's Sanitise Peach Sanitiser Gel at your desk. Having the bottle in your eye line will remind you to sanitise your hands regularly. You should also carry some Let's Sanitise Hand Sanitiser Mist in your bag when you’re out of the house to keep your hands clean on the go and prevent bringing germs into the office and your home.

The Importance of an Organised and Tidy Desk

Keeping your desk organised and tidy will make it so much easier to clean, leaving less room for germs to hide. Not only that, having a clutter-free desk will improve productivity and your mental health. It’s hard to work in a cluttered space and come up with genius ideas! 

To help you stay organised and keep the germs at bay, add products from the Exacompta CleanSafe range to your desk. Many of the items in this range are antimicrobial, including the Lever Arch File, Big Box with Drawers and Pen Pot. The CleanSafe range products are treated with an organic antimicrobial additive. Meaning it protects against bacteria, viruses, mould and fungi. Not only that, but it eliminates them by more than 99% and is even effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as resistant MRSA and VRE. These products are ideal if they’re going to be handled by multiple users. 

Take your desk hygiene to the next level with our Silvine BACOFF Antibacterial Exercise Book. Similar to Exacompta’s CleanSafe range, an antibacterial exercise book will prevent germs from being picked up if you’re working in multiple locations. It’s ideal for flexible workers who will be at home and in the office.

How To Clean Up Your Desk

A selection of the Exacompta CleanSafe range of antimicrobial desk storage products, including files and letter trays.A selection of the Exacompta CleanSafe range of antimicrobial desk storage products, including files and letter trays.

Now you know how to keep your desk organised with antibacterial and antimicrobial products, you have to keep it clean. But don’t worry, it’s easy to keep your desk dust and germ-free with the right products.

OrcaGel Hygiene Antibacterial Multi-surface Wipes come in a bucket of 400, you’ll be well prepared to clean your desk every day! It’s vital that you clean your desk before and after you use it, especially if you’re hot-desking. Keep these near your desk to remind yourself to clean it.

Even if you’re not using touch screens frequently, you should have some AF Screen-Clene Wipes to hand. Germs love to settle on screens, so you must clean them regularly. The AF Screen-Clene wipes come in a tub of 100 and leave clear non-smear results. It’s safe to use them on touch screens, monitors and phones to cut through dirt and kill 99.9% of bacteria.

How To Clean Your Desk Chair

A grey desk chair in a neutral office space, it's sat in front of a white office desk that has a laptop and stationery sat on it.A grey desk chair in a neutral office space, it's sat in front of a white office desk that has a laptop and stationery sat on it.

A lot of people forget to clean their desk chair, but you need to clean it! You don’t realise how many germs will collect on your chair, especially the armrests. If you’re hot-desking, this is something you should be doing every day. To thoroughly clean your desk chair, it’s best to use Flash Cleaning Wipes. They’re effective at removing dirt, lemon-scented and they’re easy to dispose of. You’ll have your desk chair looking spick-and-span in no time.

Remember- keep hand sanitiser at your desk, stay stocked up on antibacterial wipes and use antimicrobial desk tidies. It'll keep your desk as germ-free as possible this winter. Take a look at all of our cleaning products to keep up your desk hygiene.