Flu season has begun!  This is the time of year where we seem to pass germs around in a never ending cycle and yearn for the spring where we can fling open our windows for fresh air and rid ourselves of the viruses and illnesses going around.  You may feel feverish, experience upper respiratory symptoms, or cough and cold symptoms.  Hopefully, it’s a mild ‘bug’ that will go away with plenty of fluids and rest.  In other cases, it could be a more serious matter within your environment.

With cold temperatures plaguing the Northeast, letting in the fresh air isn’t a likely option.  So, we’ve assembled a list of suggestions that will help you keep your office germ free.

  1. Wipe down all surfaces that people touch with disinfectant wipes often. Phones, drinking fountains, door knobs, light switches, drawer handles, faucets, laser pointers, dry erase boards, etc.  If someone is battling a cold in your office, you should consider doing this every day.
  2. Keep a clean work space. Make a habit every day of wiping down your desk, keyboard, mouse, and other surfaces.  Removing dust will lessen allergy symptoms caused by dust particles while a clean surface will ensure your desk isn’t harboring unwanted germs.
  3. Have a clean and well ventilated conference room. Routine meetings are fine unless a roomful of people are sharing the same space with someone who has a cold.  Disinfect conference tables, surfaces, phones, and chairs at least 2 times each week.
  4. Keep the conference room door open or consider an air purifier for the room. The air circulation will remove stagnant air while reducing allergens and germs that may cause sickness.
  5. Work smart. If you are coming down with something, be mindful of others personal space.
  6. Use your own coffee mug or water bottle and clean it between every use with soap, then dry with a paper towel. By having your own travel mug or water bottle, you’ll reduce the risk of sharing germs with someone else.
  7. Regularly take out the trash. If your trash is only emptied when you do it, or a few times each week, do yourself a favor and take it out.  Use trash liners to seal dirty tissues and paper towels that could be sheltering germs.
  8. Wash your hands with soap and make use of hand sanitizer.

With a daily cleaning routine, you and your co-workers will enjoy a germ-free office space.  You’ll reduce the amount of PTO used for sick days and, in turn, increase your productivity.

Of course, germs aren’t the only thing that can cause respiratory sickness and illnesses.  If you suspect that germs are not the issue, it might be time to check for mold.  Mold can cause similar symptoms as the common cold and evolve into a much worse situation.  Give our team at Restore Pro a call if you think your office may be infected with mold.  We have the equipment and training to check for mold, repair the source of what is causing it, and will work to ensure your office space is returned to its prior condition.

For more information about how our Mold Remediation Service can improve your work environment, call us at 781-664-9800.  Visit our Facebook page to learn more about our services at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911.