13th July 2014 News

How clean is your keyboard and mouse?

Did you know that an average office keyboard and mouse can contain as much as 400 times more germs and bacteria than a toilet seat?

That’s pretty disgusting, especially when you start to imagine opening a bag of crisps and eating them – after having typed that email!

Like all surfaces you touch throughout the day, your keyboard and mouse are places where dirt and germs can collect.  If you share a computer, this problem can be multiplied.


Such bacteria can cause any number of ailments and illnesses, such as diarrhoea and other stomach upsets.  The main cause of a bug infestation is eating lunch at our desk along with poor personal hygiene, such as dodging the hand washing basin after going to the toilet – yes, there are some that do this!

Health Hazard

Despite the obvious health hazard of a dirty keyboard, how often people clean their computers, varies widely.  One in ten people say they never clean it, with a further 20% admitting to never cleaning their mouse either.

The good news is that preventing these kinds of health incidents is pretty easy.


Regularly clean your workspace, especially your keyboard and mouse.

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