How Germs (and Bacteria) Move from the Floor to Hands and Mouth

how to reduce sickness in the officeIt’s easy to assume that maintaining a commercial floor surface is all about appearance, but that’s not the case. It may be mostly about the appearance of the floor, but it’s also about keeping the condition of those floors good and helping them last for as long as possible.

It’s also about keeping clients, customers, employees, and anybody else who comes onto the facility safe and healthy.

Believe it or not, germs and bacteria can be tracked in on shoes and other items, dropped onto the floor, and can ultimately spread to door handles and people. Here’s how that can happen.

A person gets out of the car and begins walking to the building. It may be raining or even snowing, but they don’t see that an animal had left something behind. Maybe somebody was walking their dog and didn’t clean up after it. That individual steps in it, completely unaware they’ve done so.

Now they walk into the building and even though there may be doormats just inside the entryway, it’s not enough to get rid of all of that matter as they continue on through the building.

That person and others who follow them end up tracking many different germs all throughout the building. Most people have a tendency to keep their shoes on, but if they get wet because of snow, they might take them off. Some people also put their feet up on a desk, prop it up on a chair, and more.

Then, somebody might put their hand on the chair or desk, thus transferring some of those germs and bacteria to their hands and then ultimately to various door handles for other people to grab onto.

If you didn’t maintain the commercial floors properly with the right equipment and cleaning solutions, you wouldn’t be killing the germs and bacteria that get left behind. Some germs and bacteria can survive for days before they finally die off. This increases the chances of transmitting to somebody else, especially their hands and then their mouth.

That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important for various commercial facilities to invest in quality equipment, experienced personnel, and the right cleaning solutions to maintain their floor surfaces.

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