Do you believe that works desks are 400x dirtier than toilets?

This article appeared in the UK’s Independent last year. Do you think this is possible? I am still going to continue to keep our bathroom toilets clean (with the help of Urinal Fly decals, of course!), but will also start wiping down my desk area more often.

Average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat, new research reveals

Average work space has tens of thousands of bacteria 

Tens of thousands of bacteria can be seen on the desk
Tens of thousands of bacteria can be seen on the desk ( Printerland )

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

Visualisations have been released showing how a host of nasties are harbouring on desk spaces across the country.

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 harbours 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. 

Work kitchens were no better, as 2,483 germs per square inch were 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, have created new visualisations of bacteria at work. Their survey of 1,000 office staff, also unveiled that only a third follow suggested guidelines about cleaning up their workplace, while one in 10 never clean their desks. 

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.

Employees in the South West had the dirtiest desks with over 13 per cent admitting that they never disinfect their workstation.

“It’s pretty shocking that there are more germs on your desk than on a toilet seat,” said Catherine Bannan, HR manager for “But hopefully our visualisation 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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