Employee illness can be a significant problem for businesses. Unfortunately, the workplace can be a source for the spread of germs. The office kitchen and break room are places that can harbor germs if not properly cleaned. Aside from the water cooler, the kitchen may be the busiest place in an office environment. Regrettably, it can also be the place that receives little clean-up attention by office employees, particularly appliances such as the microwave.
Here are a few tips to make your office microwave sparkle inside and out.
Place equal parts of vinegar and hot water into a microwave safe glass bowl. Typically, two cups of each liquid is sufficient.
Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for about 5-10 minutes (until boiling). TIP: use a non-metallic spoon or toothpick to reduce over-spill.
After 5-10 minutes, let the boiling water stand for a minute or two. Remove the bowl (use a towel or oven mitt!). Wipe the inside with a wet cloth/sponge.
Place ¼ cup of lemon juice or half of a fresh squeezed lemon into a microwavable bowl with one cup of water. Place into the microwave and heat to boil. Wait a few minutes, and then carefully remove the bowl. Wipe inside, top and sides of microwave. Repeat if needed.
Don’t forget to Clean the Outside
The majority of germs in an office environment can spread from hand to hand, so the exterior of a microwave is just as important to keep clean. To reduce germ contamination on the outside of your office microwave grab an alcohol packet from your office’s first aid kit and wipe the exterior buttons, especially the handle. Immediately dry with a paper towel or dry cloth.
Create a safe, clean place to eat and take a break in your workplace. By keeping the office microwave clean you can help to reduce the risk of sick employees and maintain the health of your office workers. If your colleagues are not willing to pitch in and clean up after themselves, then consider a Vanguard® franchised commercial cleaning business. Contact your Vanguard Cleaning Systems regional office to learn more.