Your teen’s study desk should be kept clean to ensure their health and safety. Here are ways you can help them accomplish a germ-free desk.
Did you know that the average workstation contains almost 400 as many microbes as a toilet? What does that mean when it comes to your teenager’s study desk?
The importance of a clean desk
A clean desk can boost your teen’s productivity and help to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills. According to a survey, 50 percent of parents said their teens completed their homework faster when their desks were clean. Thirty percent of parents noticed that their children were more creative and 25% observed better problem-solving skills. Two-thirds of parents said that a clean desk led to better grades. Many parents saw that their children were less stressed when their work area was tidy and clean.
How to ensure your teen’s study desk is kept clean
Keeping your teen’s study desk should be top of mind when it comes to ensuring they have a safe place to study.
- Office equipment should be regularly disinfected to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Bear in mind that some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours!
- Bacteria levels on desks increase dramatically throughout the day, peaking after lunch. Food spills can support mini eco-systems. Your teen should never eat at their study desk.
- Hands touch everything. If the hands are dirty, it’s a guarantee that every other surface is, too. Minimise your teen’s risk of contracting viruses by encouraging them to wash their hands regularly.
- Buy your teen a pack of alcoholic wipes they can use on their desk, phone, computer mouse, and keyboards. Bacteria levels can be reduced by 99% by cleaning with disinfecting wipes.