Prevent the winter germs and flue

How To Prevent Flu: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

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Top cleaning tips to prevent flu in the workplace

In this effective guide you will find different ways to strengthen your immune system using your surroundings.

1. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly

Starting with basic hygiene, washing your hands thoroughly is one of the most underrated, yet still most effective way to keep germs away. This method should be adopted by all office workers in order to avoid spreading germs in the workplace.

Medical experts recommend washing your hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 15 seconds. Washing your hands after sneezing and before meals should be a no brainer.

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Most people don’t think about this, but drying your hands is just as important as washing them. Here at Total Clean, we’ve dedicated an entire article to analysing which drying method is better – hand towels vs hand dryers. Turns out that, in the words of the NHS – drying your hands thoroughly is crucial for removing bacteria.

 2. Thermostat Temperature

According to studies, dry air causes the rise of flu and cold viruses. Scientists have agreed that moisture in the air reduces virus spreading, therefore keeping you healthy.

This can be tricky to achieve during cold months, due to indoor heating methods.

In an office environment, the air is often either too cold or too hot. This can result in frequent changes to the thermostat to find the right room temperature in an attempt to please office workers. However, this yo-yoing temperature can cause more harm than good.

According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the ideal room temperature for an occupied room ranges from 20C-23C in the Winter and 23C-26C in the Summer. It is also recommended that the relative humidity of a building is kept between 30 and 60% to prevent mould growth and preserve healthy breathing air.

3. Office Deep Clean

An office deep clean could be just what you need to preserve the strength of your immune system.

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A thorough clean of radiators, air vents and heaters is highly recommended at the start of the cold season before regularly using central heating. By removing dust, debris and allergens, the air moisture is maintained better, therefore contributing to employee health.

We detailed 5 Reasons to carry out a Deep Clean in Autumn in last month’s article.

4. Disinfect Office Spaces

Disinfecting common areas in any office should be an ongoing job. Think about all the items you touch multiple times, every day.

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Shared office equipment is more likely to spread viruses and germs. Use sanitisers or wipes to wipe down items such as:

  • Phones and stationery
  • Desks and office chairs
  • Computer mouse and keyboards. For more details, read our guide on How to clean your keyboard

5. Keep communal areas clean

View areas such as the kitchen and break rooms or even reception rooms as contamination risks. Areas where food is stored and consumed should be constantly dusted, cleared of clutter and disinfected.

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Due to the high volume of traffic, countertops and tables should be wiped with disinfectant daily to prevent germs spreading.

Appliances such as kettles, microwaves, fridges and toasters should also be wiped with sanitiser on a daily basis.

For more tips, read our full guide on How to Clean and Organise Your Office.

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Tracy

Tracy has been working with Total Clean for 3 years, developing online and offline marketing strategy, planning and managing campaigns and copy-writing for the website. “Cleaning is an essential part of all of our lives so we should all take an interest!"

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