Sure, you’ve got your hand sanitizer and you’re practicing social distancing, but have you considered a deep clean of your office space?

As it turns out, the typical American office is a breeding ground for pathogens. In fact, CBT Nuggets, an Oregon-based IT learning company, swabbed many of the working surfaces in its office and had those samples tested for bacteria.

The company found that there were more than 3.5 million colony-forming units per square inch (CFUs) of a typical office keyboard. Alternatively, the office toilet seat only had 172 CFUs.

The study didn’t end there. If you are reading this on a phone, the device in your palm has approximately 1.6 million CFUs, and if you’re reading this on a computer, you’re being exposed to the more than 1.3 million CFUs on your mouse.

In light of this data, we’ve compiled some tips for keeping those nasty germs away from your workspace.

  • Doorknobs and handles are hotspots for germs so use a paper towel to turn the faucet on and off and to open the bathroom door
  • Elevator buttons also are a hotbed of germ activity so avoid touching the button
    Instead use a tissue or hit the button with your elbow
  • Avoid using another person’s keyboard, mouse, or phone if at all possible
  • Set up hand sanitizing stations around the office. The best places are likely going to be locations where employees eat
  • Equip each employee with a container of sanitizing wipes and make sure they are responsible for wiping down their own areas often