Effective cleaning will combat the germs all around us

28 February 2011

Study finds that our cash machines are dirtier than public toilets...and harbouring the same bugs

Germs can be combatted with proper use of bactericidal supplies

Germs are everywhere, whether you can see them or not - but with a little insight and suitable cleaning products we can easily combat the majority of them.

There are very few surfaces that are truly germ free, almost never, will you be able to culture something and not find germs on it.

The best way to protect yourself from germs to avoid virus and illness is by using disinfectants, hand-washing with soap and water, and keeping hands away from the mouth and face. Ensuring that you are cleaning surfaces regularly and with appropriate the cleaning products.

Here are some of the worst offending germy surfaces that you may want to get your cleaning supplies acquainted with.

Tests have shown that Britains cash machines are dirtier than our public toilets and carry bacteria which can cause sickness and diarrhoea. A new study reveals.

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Swabs were taken from the keypads on cash machines in cities across England.

To make a comparison  tests were also taken from public loos and both sets of swabs were then analysed.  The results make for a frightening read.

Both tests came back with sickness and diarrhoea bacteria, pseudomonads and bacillus

Worryingly the keypads tested were meant to be impregnated with a coating of antibacterial agent to inhibit the growth of bacteria.

While our public loos are thought to be the germiest spots our cash machines and chip and pin pads are thought to be the leist dirty in tenth place.

People are fearful of public telephones seeing them as extremely germy with many wiping them down before use.  They are right to do so as these are a real hot spot for germs.

They represent high hand contact traffic and as people hold the receiver so close to their noses and mouths any cold or flu bugs are very easily transmitted to the next caller.

Cleaning operatives do maintain the public telephones but for any cleaning programme to be effective  with the traffic involved, you would need to be spraying the handset and dialler with cleaning supplies at regular intervals throughout the day.

Bus stops come out of the study poorly with people feeling very uncomfortable being in the often dusty and grimey environment.

Another area we dont like to touch are bus seats, we feel that they are not properley cleaned and dont like to make contact directly with the surfaces. There is a perception that they are not clean and safe environments, properly maintained with the appropriate cleaning supplies.

Areas where their are high levels of traffic such as the buses, really do need maintaining on a daily basis with good quality cleaning supplies, ideally these cleaning supplies should be bactericidal to control the level of germs present.

Other hot spots are train stations, aeroplane toilets, and dirty seats on trains.  All these areas are big hand contact areas and as such should be very well aquainted with bactericidal cleaning supplies.

Thousands of us touch chip and pin machines each day, you may have wondered how often the shop that you are in actually clean the keypad, the answer is not very often at all do the keypads see the sight of any form of cleaning supplies.

Our perception of these chip and pin machines seems to be that they arent that dirty when in actual fact the study reveals that they are germier than our public loo's. A reason for this is that councils use cleaning supplies on a regular basis to clean toilets.

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