Create Cleaner Work Spaces

Your Office Hygiene Guide

In these unprecedented times, employers and facility managers feel a heightened sense of concern for employee well-being.
Kimberly-Clark Professional is here to help. Use this guide to prepare your office for new hygiene standards.

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Hygiene Expertise for Hygiene Excellence

While your office building enacts new measures to protect valued employees, co-workers and clients, Kimberly-Clark Professional can help you provide a more hygienic environment. As an industry innovator and leader in hygiene products for more than 100 years, we’ve got the tools, solutions and guidance to help meet your needs.

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A Whole New Workplace

Offices are experiencing major shifts in both operational and cultural norms, all due to the need to help limit the spread of germs. And as offices reopen for people to share spaces, equipment and amenities, workplace hygiene takes greater priority than ever before.

It has now become vital for offices to plan and prepare for the following measures:

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Be open to new ways
of working.1

Consult with your manager about whether it makes sense for you to continue to collaborate remotely or adopt flex work. When you are in the building, be mindful of the safety of others.

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Limit the number of people you interact with.

Take advantage of technology. When in-person meetings are required, put empty chairs between people and limit the number of people to 10.

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Adjust to new
social norms.

Consider adopting a handshake-free greeting and continue to maintain a distance of six feet when you interact with others.

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If you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other symptoms, stay home and seek medical advice.2

Do not come into the building.

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Try to avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.3

If you have to, wash your hands before or after doing so.4

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Don’t share devices.5

This includes keyboards, computer mice, headsets and other equipment.

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10-Step Building Hygiene Checklist

If you’re just reopening your building, review this checklist to help ensure you’ve considered everything.

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Hygiene Hot Spots in the Office

Here’s a quick guide to areas where hand soaps, sanitizers and disinfectants should be put to work.

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Hygiene Insights

Germs: The More You Know

Think you’re informed about workplace germs? Here are some stats that may surprise you.

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Surface Surprises

Studies show keyboards harbored 8,900 bacteria6 and mobile phones harbored 6,300 bacteria7.

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Face the Facts

In the span of 24 hours, the average adult touches 7,200 surfaces8 and touches their face 552 times9.

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Help Your Hands

Nearly 95%10 of adults do not wash long enough to thoroughly clean the germs from their hands.

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The Dirt on Desks

The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.11

If you’re alarmed by these numbers,
know that you’re not alone.

It’s important to understand what you’re up against every day, so you can protect the
people in your office. Get prepared with a solid workplace hygiene strategy.

Proactive Measures

Win in Key Action Areas

Among the many actions we can take, two important steps are more critical than ever: washing hands and disinfecting surfaces. They go a long way to help curb the spread of germs and help create a more hygienic environment.

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Hand Hygiene

In any office building, there are many places where hands can pick up and leave behind germs. From door handles to telephones, from reception counters to sink fixtures, and from refrigerators to coffee makers. It’s vital to provide ample hand soap, water and disposable paper towels, as well as alcohol-based sanitizers (containing at least 60% alcohol) throughout the workplace. Post visual reminders that hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds frequently during each day, but especially at these times:

  • After using the restroom
  • After coughing, sneezing or nose-blowing
  • Before handling food and after eating
  • After cleaning up messes or disposing of waste

While soap and water are easily made available in office restrooms and kitchens, hand sanitizer can be placed in other high-traffic areas like entryways, reception desks, breakrooms and printing stations.

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Hygiene Hint
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in the trash to help limit the spread of germs.12

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Hand Washing Guide

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Hand Sanitizing Guide

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Hand Hygiene Routines

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Sanitation

To do more than just scratch the surface of office hygiene, it’s vital to frequently clean and disinfect certain areas. Not only do desks require attention, but also common rooms, shared equipment and high-touch items like elevator buttons and stair rails. Disinfecting these surfaces several times during the workday, with EPA-approved products, helps improve workplace hygiene.

Kimberly-Clark Professional offers disposable cleaning cloths, or wipers, as a more hygienic alternative to reusable towels or rags. We also offer pre-saturated sanitizing wipes for hard, non-porous surfaces, and a closed-bucket wiping system for critical tasks.

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Hygiene Hint
Cotton towels were shown to reduce disinfectant strength by up to 85%.13

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Surface &
Hand Hygiene

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Cleaning vs.
Disinfecting

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Keeping Hygiene
Front & Center

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Communication

One key component to successful office hygiene is communication. As office management leads the way in establishing new protocols, it takes every individual to put them into practice. Employees at your office are relying on leadership to prioritize hygiene in critical times. They need to know what’s being done and what’s expected of them, via clear, detailed and thoughtful company announcements about safety measures. Print and display the following visual cues to inspire a sense of security and encourage cooperation.

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Hygiene Tips & Tools for Tenants

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Cleaning and Disinfecting Checklist

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Safe Distance Reminder Signage

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Hygiene Etiquette Reminders from the CDC

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Assessment

To set up a successful office hygiene strategy, there are certain essential items to consider. Note your level of preparedness in each of these areas, then determine your action steps. For more guidance, connect with a Kimberly-Clark Sales Professional to arrange a virtual hygiene site walk.

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Assess Your Situation
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Get Restroom Hygiene Right

Restroom cleanliness is a crucial piece of the workplace hygiene puzzle. Since measures taken here can have a huge impact, consider these key restroom opportunities:

Maximize soap and sanitizer.

Keep hand soap in good supply to encourage proper hygiene. We deliver rich formulas containing moisturizers that help condition skin, promoting good hand hygiene and increasing restroom satisfaction. For an extra germ-killing step, provide sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Kimberly-Clark Professional also offers fragrance-free and alcohol-free options.

Optimize your hand drying method.

Kimberly-Clark Professional single-use towels help reduce the spread of germs. Their highly absorbent material means it takes fewer towels to dry hands. Our portfolio includes hard-roll and folded towels, as well as jumbo rolls and center-pull paper towels ideal for high-capacity areas. Space-saving and efficient dispensers, with touchless technology options, provide the solutions that suit your office.

Prioritize your toilet paper needs.

Kimberly-Clark Professional offers hygienic, fully enclosed toilet paper and dispenser options, plus disposable seat covers with dispensers that are fully enclosed for sanitation. We also offer options for maximum efficiency, as well as brands that deliver a more home-like comfort.

Did you know?

Using a jet air dryer disperses 1,300 times more germs than drying with paper towels. Faced with a choice of drying methods, 90% of people showed a behavioral preference for paper towels over jet air dryers in the washroom.

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Hygiene Hint
Drying with paper towels reduces bacteria on fingers by up to 77%.

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Hygiene Solutions

We've Got You Covered

Whatever your office hygiene needs, Kimberly-Clark Professional has a range of solutions and bundles to help you create a cleaner, more hygienic workplace.

Discover our recommended products, like touchless dispensing systems, and the areas where you’ll find them most useful.

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Scott® Pro Electronic Roll Towel System

29739/ 25700

The dispenser is 99.99% jam-free*, so you can count on its reliable, touchless operation. Plus, with hidden sheet mode, only touch the towel you take – promoting hand hygiene.

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Scott® Pro Electronic Skin Care System

32508/ 91592/ 91590

The Foam Skin Cleanser with Moisturizers provides a rich, creamy lather. Install sanitizer near entry/exits for use when door handles are present.

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Scott® Pro High Capacity Coreless Tissue Dispenser

09606/ 47305

Our longest single-roll bathroom tissue system delivers 1,100 sheets of two-ply bathroom tissue per roll. It offers 100% roll utilization. More sheets, fewer changes, no waste.

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Scott® Control Hygienic Bath Tissue System

40407/ 48280

Hygienic, no-touch dispensing design. Install near entry/exits to help provide a hygienic barrier and disposable solution for opening and closing doors.

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WypAll®
X60 Cloths

34790

A versatile reusable cloth to replace assorted rags; absorbs 2x faster than rags for efficient cleanup.

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Kimtech Prep Wipes for the WetTask Wiping System

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Closed-bucket wiping system for saturated wiping with sanitizers, bleach and disinfectants; just pour in the cleaner you choose.

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Kimtech Surface
Sanitizer Wipes

58040

Portable, pre-saturated wipe that kills bacteria on hard, non-porous, non-food contact surfaces.

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Scott® Control
Slimroll Electronic
Towel System

47259/ 47302

Compact, touchless dispensing system that promotes hand hygiene. Pair with Elevated Scott® Design for an easy restroom upgrade.

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Kleenex®
Facial Tissue

21270

Promote good hygiene with America’s #1 facial tissue.

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Kleenex Reveal Ultra Moisturizing Foam Hand Sanitizer

34604

Effective against the most common bacteria that can contaminate surfaces and cause infection.

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Talk With Our Experts

Request a Virtual Hygiene Site Walk

Our experts are here to guide you every step of the way in choosing the right mix of products and solutions for your facility. With your request for a virtual hygiene walk, a Kimberly-Clark Professional Representative will contact you to schedule a phone call or video consultation to view your facility virtually.

We will:
• Identify key areas to consider hygiene upgrades
• Recommend the right mix of germ fighting solutions for your facility
• Share tips & best practices on communicating changes and gaining compliance