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Cold & Flu Prevention in the Workplace

Increase Productivity With Office Sanitation

Keep Germs at Bay With Smart Cleaning Routines

Why Office Cleanliness Is Essential

The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet. Having a clean workspace is just as important as having a clean bathroom. 

Proper cleaning prevents the spreading of disease. This cold and flu season, take time to refine the office and lobby cleaning routines you use year-round. Foster a healthier workplace to protect workers and reduce sick days. 

  • Stay home if they are sick
  • Wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Use facial tissues when coughing or sneezing
  • Throw tissues away immediately after use
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Exercise on a regular basis 
Ask a Doctor: Cold & Flu Prevention Tips

“Research shows most people average 2.5 colds per year. Here’s the problem: there are over 100 variations of the rhinovirus that cause the colds. When you catch that first cold of the year, you become immune to that virus. But that leaves 99 other variants still capable of making you sick.

The good news: you can significantly reduce your chances of catching a cold (or colds) by practicing effective prevention measures. In fact, by consistently following the Wash, Wipe, Sanitize protocol and other tips, you can reduce your chance of catching a cold by as much as 80 percent.”

—Dr. Kelly Arehar

Office Cleaning Equipment List

Support your custodial staff's efforts with reliable janitorial supplies. Give your employees the tools they need to tackle day-to-day sanitation slip-ups. For better germ-free results, clean with microfiber cloths. 

Workplace Cleanliness Checklist

Investing in the right cleaning routine is key to creating a pleasant workplace and keeping employees healthy. If you don’t use a commercial cleaning service, find an office cleaning products supplier and consult our workplace cleanliness checklist to start your own cleaning routine. 


  • Empty trash cans and insert a new can liner
  • Restock toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizers and paper towels 
  • Mop or sweep floors in high-traffic areas
  • Disinfect countertops, door knobs, refrigerator handles, telephones and light switches 
  • Discard any food remains left by employees that would attract bugs 
  • Clean drinking fountains or water coolers
  • Disinfect toilet seats on both sides


  • Disinfect all flat surfaces
  • Mop and sweep all floors
  • Vacuum floor mats and carpets
  • Dust work spaces
  • Wipe down the inside of the refrigerators and microwaves
  • Discard any leftovers in the refrigerator or ask employees to remove dishes 
  • Clean all glass and mirrors 
  • Sanitize toilets, urinals, sinks, paper towel dispensers and bathroom faucets 
  • Buff floors in high-traffic areas


  • Dust all hard surfaces including fans, window ledges, door frames and light fixtures
  • Dust under furniture and vacuum upholstery 
  • Disinfect trash receptacles 
  • Wipe down all surfaces, including desks, filing cabinets, window frames and plastic chairs
  • Thoroughly sanitize bathroom floors, sinks, soap dispensers, door handles and toilets and urinals
  • Steam clean and polish floors