We are all aware of how things like a common cold or flu can often spread like an epidemic, especially in a place of work where people are in close contact with each other all day. Controlling the spread of cold and flu with regular cleaning and disinfecting the facility is definitely a step in the right direction. However, you should also work on educating and training your employees so that they too can help you fight the spread of infections. Hand washing plays a big role in keeping people healthy, only if done correctly. Over the years we have experienced people making a few common hand washing mistakes.

Washing hands for a short amount of time

A shocking 95% people wash their hands only for about 5-10 seconds when the minimum amount of time should at least 20-30 seconds. 10 seconds is not enough time for soap to eliminate all the bacteria or viruses that might be lurking on your hands.

Using only hand sanitizers

Hand Sanitizers while extremely effective can’t replace actual hand washing. Sure, they can be used to eliminate bacteria but they should ideally be used only in a pinch or if there is no access to soap and water.

Not using soap

Some people believe that soap is not really essential when washing hands. That is absolutely not true. It takes only a few seconds to take some soap in your hands and it is necessary to get rid of any harmful pathogens.

Not drying your hands completely

Bacteria and yeast actually thrive in moist surroundings. All the right soap and right temperature of water might not be able to prevent illnesses if you don’t take the time to completely dry out your hands.

Not washing hands often enough

Quite a few of us have been guilty of not washing our hands frequently enough. A good rule of thumb to follow is to wash your hands before you cook, eat a meal, after using a restroom, and after you come home from outside.

Believing hot water can kill all germs

There has been no research supporting the myth that washing your hands can kill more germs. In fact, research shows that hot water could actually increase the irritant capacity of a soap, leading to contact dermatitis.

Touching public restroom surfaces

Faucets and restroom surfaces are very common breeding grounds for germs. After washing your hands use a paper towel to turn off the water and open the restroom door.

At Service Master Elite Cleaning Services, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of your employees. If you are in the Greater New Orleans area and in need of professional janitorial service, contact us today for a consultation.