The Dirtiest Places in the Office

Bacteria that can make you and your coworkers sick thrive on commonly touched surfaces in the office. You might expect bathroom surfaces to be teeming with germs, but any common area people frequent can contribute to the spread of disease. Learn about how you can protect yourself and your coworkers with the following cleanliness tips.

Break Rooms and Common Areas

Some of the dirtiest places in the workplace listed below might surprise you:

1. Faucet Handles

With everyone touching the faucet handles in your break room, office kitchen, or bathrooms, they are a breeding ground for microbes. It’s important to wash your hands, but the faucet handles in a communal setting must be regularly cleaned.

2. Microwaves

The microwave feels like a lifesaver when you want to save time on your lunch hour. So many people use the microwave several times per week, making the handle one of the germiest places at work. Occasionally sanitize the microwave’s door and handle with a wipe before using it.

3. Refrigerators

The refrigerator is a feature of the office break room that is hard to go without. Unfortunately, the refrigerator’s doors are rarely cleaned, making it a common area where germs can spread.

4. Watercoolers

Using a water dispenser may seem safer than tap water, but your office’s mail delivery crew touches the bottles while handling them. Everyone touches the cooler’s knob to pour water into their cups several times throughout the day. Bringing your own water bottle to work can limit your contact with germs.

5. Coffee Makers

Many of your coworkers drink coffee first thing in the morning, going directly to the office coffee maker. Since the appliance isn’t cleaned frequently, it tends to harbor more bacteria than devices that get cleaned regularly.

6. Vending Machines

Many of your workers who use the on-site vending machines open their snacks and eat them on their way back to their desks. The vending machine’s buttons and receptacle are the germiest areas and rarely get wiped down. You can limit this problem by bringing your own hand sanitizer to the office. You can also set up sanitation stations and encourage coworkers and employees to use them before grabbing a snack.

7. Sinks and Sponges

The office’s kitchen sink is usually not as clean as it looks, especially the faucet handles. The sponges used to quickly clean off dishes or wipe up spills are usually filled with bacteria. The texture of a sponge provides plenty of nooks and crannies for bacteria to seep into. When a sponge is always a little moist, some bacteria can breed more quickly. Wiping a surface with a dirty sponge that appears clean will spread bacteria around instead of cleaning the surface.

Make sure you change the office sponge at least once each week to keep the bacteria population inside to a minimum. It’s also a good idea to wipe down the entire sink before the weekend.

At the Desk

Personal workstations are also vulnerable to bacteria overgrowth. When workers are focused on completing their daily tasks, they can easily forget about cleaning up or sanitizing commonly touched surfaces. Below are some of the dirtiest parts of the workstation you should be aware of:

1. Phones

Personal cellphones tend to harbor an abundant number of bacteria, but a shared office phone could be even worse. Wipe down the office phone at the end of the day using a sanitizing wipe. This way the phone will be clean and ready to share in the morning.

2. Keyboards

Keyboards get dirty quickly with workers sneezing and coughing over them. Many people spend most of their workday touching the keyboard, and some might even eat lunch or snack while working. Small food particles can fall between the keys, becoming a site of rapid bacterial reproduction.

Limit your eating time around the keyboard, and stick to the break area if you can. Clean the keyboard at your personal workstation at the end of each week with a sanitary wipe while the computer is turned off. Vacuum out any food crumbs for good measure.

3. Desktop

Along with your keyboard, touchscreen and mouse, your desk can also host a lot of bacteria — especially in the area around the keyboard where you rest your hands. Wipe your desk down at the end of the week or at least every other week to counteract this.

Throughout the Office

Other common areas where bacteria lurk include:

1. The Elevator

Elevator buttons are another high-touch surface vulnerable to bacterial overgrowth. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre conducted a study on hospital elevator buttons and found that 61% of the swabs tested had microbial growth. You can prevent the spread of bacteria in elevators by wiping down the buttons before using them.

2. The Printer and Copier

Your photocopier could easily become one of the germiest areas if it gets used frequently enough. Since the start button is one of the most bacteria-laden areas, you can limit your contact with bacteria by wiping it specifically.

3. Pens

Sharing pens around the office is always a help, but it’s always advisable. NSF International, a public health organization, listed pens as a common source of Staphylococcus aureus — or the bacterium that causes staph infections — in one study.

How to Maintain a Healthier, Germ-Free Office

You want your office to be up to code and sanitary, but how can you maintain a clean workplace with so many people constantly entering and leaving? Below are some sanitation tips for keeping your office free of germs and the team healthy:

  • Ask employees to get involved: Your employees and coworkers can sanitize their stations and the common room occasionally to keep the workplace hygienic.
  • Hire an office cleaner: A cleaning service can professionally sanitize your office using the most efficient cleaning tools for the job.
  • Regularly clean shared areas: Common areas should be disinfected regularly to prevent the spread of disease. High-touch areas and floors are especially vulnerable to unwanted bacterial growth.
  • Keep cleaning supplies at hand for employees: Cleaning your office space regularly is important, but supplying sanitizer and wipes can also make a big difference. Encourage employees to clean up after themselves and hang signs reminding them to wash their hands.

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Dwight has spent his entire career in the facility service and maintenance industry, holding various positions, including Integration, Human Resources, Accounting, Purchasing, and Information Technology. He prides himself on working alongside our partners and management teams on a daily basis.

Since 2015, Dwight has led the integration of over 25 transactions in the facility service space, including both platform and bolt-on opportunities.
Dwight’s responsibilities at The Facilities Group include business integration, operational due diligence, system synergies, project management, strategy execution, and day-to-day operational support and oversight.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Management from The University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). On the weekend, you may catch him on the golf course or at a local sporting event.



An experienced business leader with a successful track record of maximizing value to customers and internal stakeholders through driving innovation and growth within highly dynamic, technology-enabled mobile workforces.

Adam has held multiple positions over his 20+ year career with a focus on creating an engaged workforce, while supporting them with real-world solutions that are focused on an optimized process, technology, and conversion of data to information, with a blend of human and technical systems.

Some of Adam’s prior leadership positions include SVP US Operations at ABM and President of Unifi (formerly Delta Global Services), where Adam oversaw over 22,000 employees in nearly 200 airports performing multiple services including full ground handling, aircraft cleaning, security, cargo, facilities management and janitorial.

Adam received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and his MBA from the University of Georgia.



Paul Gargagliano has over 20 years of experience in finance, public and private accounting, and has held several high-level financial positions within the janitorial and professional services industry. Paul’s experience also includes service in the United States Coast Guard for over 20 years where he retired as a Master Chief Boatswainsmate.

In addition, Paul also served in the Airborne Infantry of the United States Army. Paul has led teams at various levels and believes in the importance of culture and people for the success of all organizations.

Paul graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the States of California and Florida as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Paul was the previous CFO of Diversified Maintenance and Hill-Ward Henderson.



An experienced leader and executive, Dave has spent over thirty years in the facility management & service industry. This includes ten years as a facility manager as well as twenty years as a building service contractor executive.

Across his career, Dave has spearheaded operations & sales in several market segments such as janitorial, high rise window cleaning, painting, waterproofing, and caulking. During his time with The Facilities Group, Dave has successfully completed fifteen acquisitions, leading operational integration & processes, sales strategies, philosophy and most importantly culture.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of South Florida, and earned his Real Property Administrator (RPA), and Facility Manager Administrator (FMA) from BOMA in 1998, 1999, and his Green Cleaning Certification from the Green Clean Institute in 2005.



As the CHRO & Senior Vice President of People –Strategy and Solutions, Vivian Smith leads People functions that support both our business objectives and growth to ensure the success of the organization. She has proven abilities in developing and leading human capital management programs and People operations that allow for effectively advancing human capital to its highest potential while generating a culture of engagement and inclusion.

Vivian spent the last 16 years in a Senior HR Leadership role with ABM before joining The Facilities Group. She provided overall strategic HR leadership at corporate and subsidiary companies. Directed, implemented, and ensured compliance while fostering a workplace environment consistent with company values. Oversaw the development and administration of compliance and reporting functions, mergers and acquisition transitioning, organizational structure changes, performance management, training and development, employee relations, diversity, and inclusion. She directly oversaw the Houston, TX ABM HR Share Services office and ran point on all items related to People during the GCA acquisition where she successfully onboarded over 37,000 employees. Over the course of her time at ABM, Vivian spearheaded HR functions for 5+ acquisitions across the country, all with employee counts north of 2,500.



Jeff Hawkins has spent the past 20 years as a Sales and Marketing leader in the janitorial and facilities maintenance industry. He has led successful teams from local support offices to multi-million dollar national sales organizations. Jeff is an experienced leader in Franchising and working with Corporate Owned offices throughout the United States with Jani-King for 10+ years.

Prior to joining The Facilities Group, Jeff lead the National Sales Team at City Wide Franchise Co. His leadership and drive secured national partnerships with some of the largest companies in the transportation industry increasing organic growth from $8 million to $74 million in less than 3 years. His experience in Hospitality, Automotive, Logistics, Medical and Education vertical markets provides our companies with the education, training and support for future growth.



Keaton is an Information Technology (IT) professional with 15 years of progressive experience. Prior to joining The Facilities Group, Keaton was a Sr. IT Consultant with Leidos, a fortune 500 company, for eight years where he successfully led multiple large-scale development, implementation, upgrade, optimization, and sustainability projects for his clients with budgets exceeding $100M+ and project teams of 100+ members. Earlier in his career Keaton worked at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and previously interned at industry leading companies Ernst & Young, State Farm and Publix.

Originally from Indiana, Keaton earned his bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from the Indiana State University Scott College of Business and his master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, which is ranked in the top 25 among US business schools.

Keaton holds various certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation.



Scott Henley is the Chief Operating Officer for The Facilities Group National Division. Scott joined a TFG subsidiary, Excel Building Services, in 2012 as VP of Operations. Scott developed and built the ISP division at Excel, which now services over 2000 locations nationally.

Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in Facilities Management. Scott studied Business Management at Augusta College, where he played baseball, and Georgia State University. Scott has been involved with both PRISM and ISSA for over 20 years. Scott resides in Fayetteville, Georgia, with his wife Amy and their two children.


David Hammond

Since 2014, David Hammond has led as CEO of CSI International, Inc., Horizon Publishing, and Opulence International Realty, showcasing his versatile leadership across diverse industries. With a rich background that includes roles as COO, Executive VP, Sales Manager, and Director of IT, David possesses a deep understanding of various business sectors. His journey to CEO was preceded by six years as an elected officer, enriching his leadership portfolio. David’s diverse experience extends beyond the corporate world; he was a proud member of the 1987 America’s Cup team, Stars and Stripes, and dedicated six years to the US Navy Submarine service. Currently, David contributes his expertise to several boards, including the Boca Ballet Theater, South Florida Manufacturers Association, and Florida Gold Coast Swimming, reflecting his commitment to community and industry excellence.

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Alfu Miah serves as Group Chief Operations Officer at The Facilities Group. He is responsible for enabling business scalability while driving increased value through account management,  customer retention, topline growth, and enhanced profitability.  

At University of North London, he studied engineering and started his career in the automotive industry, designing and manufacturing cars. Since then, he has applied his continuous improvement mindset to drive substantial revenue growth across a variety of global industries-leveraging ample experience in facilities management, commercial operations, solutions design, and business transformation. He brings to TFG decades of proven success in the design, implementation and execution of compelling business growth, strategy, and solutions for some of the most respected companies around the world.

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O’Connell brings extensive facility service leadership experience to the role, having served on the Board of Directors at The Facilities Group since October 2022. Prior to joining TFG, he was the CFO of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS).
O’Connell also held multiple executive leadership positions including CFO and CEO of the North American division at ISS, one of the largest facilities management companies in the world. He also led the sale and integration of Pristine Environments following its sales to KBS, a national janitorial company.
O’Connell, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from the University of Limerick, has been recognized by industry colleagues for sound financial leadership throughout his career. He specializes in implementing successful growth strategies, operational excellence, and effective change management.

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Mark Borge

Mark Borge has been a driving force in the facility services industry as the Principal and Co-founder of Best Facility Services since August 2004. Under his leadership, the company has grown to become a recognized name in the field, providing top-notch services that consistently exceed client expectations. Mark’s extensive background, which spans from sales at Swifty Printing/Redstone Visual Impressions to Vice President of Minuteman Press Arlington, has equipped him with a profound understanding of business operations and customer service excellence. His venture into real estate investment in 2008 further showcases his adeptness in identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities, strengthening his portfolio and contributing to his comprehensive skill set in both business management and investment strategies.

Mark Borge’s active and prior involvement in esteemed organizations like Lifestyles Unlimited, The Entrepreneurs Organization, and the United States Green Building Council showcases his dedication to professional growth and community engagement. His diverse interests are backed by a solid education, holding a Bachelor’s in Business Administration – Finance from UTA. Mark has held leadership roles in various boards, emphasizing his commitment to organizational success.

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Scott Paul

Scott Paul is the past president of The Facilities Group Hawaii, LLC (formerly known as Kleenco Group), a commercial building maintenance and janitorial company founded in Hawaii in 1971.  Scott acquired Kleenco Group in 2012, and over the subsequent nine years more than doubled revenue and quadrupled earnings. In 2021, Scott sold Kleenco Group to The Facilities Group.  Scott led the integration of Kleenco Group with its sister company, Armstrong Building Maintenance (acquired by The Facilities Group in 2020), when the two companies merged to form The Facilities Group Hawaii with 600 employees.  Scott led the combined company through 2023 and continues as a partner and advisor to The Facilities Group. 

Prior to acquiring Kleenco Group, Scott was president & CEO of Hoku Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed solar company based in Hawaii and majority-owned by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.  Scott first joined Hoku in 2003 as its VP business development & general counsel.  In 2008, Scott was promoted to chief operating officer, and in April 2010 became chief executive officer and joined Hoku’s board of directors.  Scott resigned as Hoku’s CEO in June 2012 but continued to serve on its board of directors as chairman of the restructuring committee until July 2013. 

Before joining Hoku, Scott was a corporate attorney and business development professional in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1998 until July 2003.  Scott worked as director of business development and associate general counsel at Read-Rite Corporation, a publicly traded multi-national company acquired by Western Digital Corporation in 2003. Previously, Scott worked as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, and Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (now Reed Smith), law firms, where he represented high tech emerging growth and large-cap public companies, and their investors and underwriters, on financing and acquisition transactions. 

Scott earned his JD cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1998 and his BA in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995.  He has served on the board of trustees of Temple Emanuel in Honolulu since 2016 and has been a volunteer faculty member at the Punahou School Academy since 2015 where he co-teaches a business course. 

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A proven leader and business owner, Bryson understands first-hand the hard work and determination required to build and run a successful enterprise. He started his first company at nineteen years old, cleaning medical offices and banks during the evening while attending college in the daytime. Since 2010, he has completed 47 transactions in the facility service & maintenance industry across the country.

In 2014 the Tampa Bay Business Journal awarded Bryson as one of Tampa Bay’s Up and Comers 30 Under 30. In 2018, he sold his companies and founded The Facilities Group. Fast-forward to today, he helps companies improve efficiency and achieve growth by acquiring, merging, selling, or restructuring.

His strong suits include operations, due-diligence, back-office oversight, and creating powerful business strategies custom tailored to each entity situation.

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