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5 Places You Should be Cleaning, But Probably Aren’t

Posted by Briana Smith on Mar 13, 2014 12:30:00 PM
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5 Places You Should Be Cleaning But Probably Arent

By: Briana Smith  |  March 13, 2014

Anything with a Button

Everyone likes to be a button pusher, but no one thinks about cleaning them. Think about all the buttons that you push daily, both at work and at home…

  • Microwaves in the break room or kitchen
  • Remote controls in hotel rooms
  • Vending machines in an office or...
  • Elevator buttons
  • Timer buttons, credit card machines, and cash registers
  • Calculators & computer keyboards
  • Gym equipment
  • Non-touchscreen telephones

Cleaning & disinfecting wipes work wonderfully for getting into those nooks and crannies that surround buttons.

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Anything with a Handle

Just like with buttons, anything we want to either open or access seems to have some sort of handle that needs pushing or pulling. It’s good to clean these types of surfaces often as they are a common point-of-contact for many and can easily become cross-contaminated, especially if they are never cleaned. Add these places to your daily cleaning routines.

  • Door knobs
  • Bathroom stall locks
  • Tilt trucks & push carts
  • Refrigerator doors
  • Cabinets & drawers where supplies are kept
  • Janitor or housekeeping carts
  • Buckets
  • Patient bed rails in a healthcare facility
  • Equipment (gym, cleaning tools, etc.)
  • Light switches

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We all visit the restroom several times a day and probably end up touching the bathroom toilet tissue dispenser in order to get enough tissue out. We also come into contact with the soap and paper towel dispensers (if they are not touch-free dispensers), or we might accidentally brush our hands against the opening of a hand dryer.

Adding dispenser disinfection to your daily restroom cleaning routine takes only a handful (pun intended) of extra minutes, but it can make a big difference...and don’t forget those portable deodorant aerosols!

Soft Surfaces

Oftentimes we concentrate on the hard surfaces, such as floors, counters, table tops, desks, etc. but we forget about cleaning the soft ones like:

  • Patient privacy curtains
  • Chairs or other furniture
  • Menus in restaurants

Several products have come out in recent years that target soft surfaces, such as Clorox Healthcare®’s Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant, and make it easier to clean, disinfect and sanitize these types of surfaces.

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“Smart” Technology & Touchscreen Devices

Various touchscreen devices have proliferated in the last 10 years, especially in industries where cleanliness is critical, such as Healthcare & Food Service.

  • Mobile phones
  • Electronic writing pads
  • ATMs (see also: anything with a button)
  • Touchscreen electronic medical record systems
  • Point-of-sale devices

Cleaning these surfaces can be difficult due to how touchscreens work as they tend to be sensitive to traditional cleaners. Luckily specially formulated cleaning wipes can safely clean these devices without damaging them. 

Briana Smith is WAXIE’s Social Media & Product Branding Specialist and spends quite a bit of time skimming the news for what’s new in cleaning, sustainability and technology while managing all of
 WAXIE’s social channels. She especially loves posting about #teamwaxie activities & conversing with customers on Instagram. Briana has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Design from California State University, Chico.

Topics: cleaning, disinfecting, touchscreen devices

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