Next time you offer to brew up for your co-workers you might want to give your hands a wash after handling the tea caddy – research has shown it to be 17 times dirtier than the average toilet seat.
A study by Initial Washroom Hygiene found that teabag caddies at work have, on average, a bacterial reading of 3,785, compared with the average reading for a loo seat of 220. This means that teabag tins in the office are 17 times dirtier than lavatory seats, the Express reports.
Readings under 200 are considered low in terms of the bacteria present, between 200 and 500 is deemed normal while anything over 500 is classed as high.
Significant levels of bacteria were also recorded on fridge door handles, kettles and sugar pots, as well as mugs, which were found to have an average microbial reading of 1,746.
A spokesman for Initial Washroom Hygiene said that office workers could be exposing themselves to more harmful germs that they realise on the tea run.
“These microbiological readings are typical indicators of poor hygiene, which can increase the risk of cross contamination and the spread of colds and viruses, such as Norovirus, levels of which tend to increase when winter sets in as we spend more time indoors,” the spokesman warned.
Earlier this month the company urged Brits to guard against cases of winter flu, which can be spread through coughs and sneezes, including by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by others with the illness. For office cleaning in Woking and Surrey, contact us today.
8th Dec 2017