There’s no bigger turn-off than a musty smelling hotel room or restaurant. Beyond that, visible mold or mildew can be the absolute kiss of death.
For many of us, more time is spent in the workplace than anywhere else. It is not surprising that offices, factories and other workplace facilities have germs spread all throughout their environments. Exposure to these germs can cause illness which can adversely impact productivity, operational costs, health care costs, morale and most importantly the health of employees. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that up to 80% of all infections are spread by hand contact with contaminated surfaces and direct human contact. The Journal of Environmental Medicine (JOEM) suggests that respiratory illness alone can cost as much as $134 per employee per year and 1.4 hours of lost productivity per day. Some bacteria can live for two hours or more on a hard surface while others can remain for much longer periods of time. Research has shown that greater than one-third of employees are germ conscious and care about the health and cleanliness of the workplace.