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Average Desk Contains 400x More Germs than a Toilet Seat

Thursday Mar 8, 2018
The average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat.
The average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat.  

The average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat, new research has revealed.

Vizualisations have been released showing how a host of nasties are harboring on desk spaces. The research reveals that more than two-thirds of office workers are at risk of sickness due to dirty desks.

Failing to clean regularly with antibacterial wipes can encourage dangerous bugs to breed, such as Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, E-coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to name a few.

The average desktop harbors 20,961 germs per square inch and that's in addition to 3,295 on the keyboard and 1,676 on a mouse and a staggering 25,127 on the phone.

But if you think you can escape the lurgies by going to make a cup of coffee, think again.

Worryingly, 2,483 germs per square inch can be found on the handle of the kitchen kettle in a shared office compared to just 49 found on a toilet seat. Even the tap - despite being surrounded by water - conceals 1,331 germs per square inch.

To highlight these hidden horrors, have created new visualizations so you can see exactly what bacteria can be found at work - and more importantly, what illnesses they cause.

Their survey of 1,000 office staff, also unveiled that only a third follow suggested guidelines about cleaning up their workplace, while a whopping one in ten never clean their desks - this is despite one in five offices not hiring a professional cleaner.

People in sales and marketing were dubbed the worst for cleanliness with over a fifth admitting that they only clean their desk once a month.

Catherine Bannan, HR manager for, said, "It's pretty shocking that there are more germs on your desk than on a toilet seat! But hopefully our vizualization will show people why it is so important to clean regularly so as to avoid getting ill and spreading infections unnecessarily amongst your colleagues."


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