Hygiene Hacks for Pet-Friendly Offices


5 December 2017

Our pets hold a very special place in our hearts and leaving them at home so we can go to work, is a very difficult thing to do for most of us. Leaving them in the care of family members or caregivers is great but can sometimes comes with its own challenges. This is the reason some workplaces allow their employees to bring pets, making for quite an adorable experience.


The downside is that we all have a different grasp of hygiene and no matter how well-trained our pets are, accidents can and will happen. So, it is vital to have a cleaning system in place as extra caution may be required when keeping pet-friendly offices safe and hygienic. This is to ensure that everyone is happy and no illnesses are passed on from the furry friends onto staff. The cleaning process may get a little complicated for your cleaning staff, so bringing in your pet-owning staff should also be considered.

Paws for Thought

A pet-friendly office means that overall hygiene will need to be turned up a few notches than it would in an office where pets are not allowed. Deep-cleaning and regular surface wiping will need to happen more frequently. Employees need to wash their hands and use hand sanitiser after touching pets.


Doggy Business


Cleaning staff should handle mishaps promptly, as dog feces may have a range of parasites like Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and worms. They should also vacuum up hair and dander, if not handled promptly, some staff members may experience allergic reactions, we advise you use a high-quality vacuum cleaner. Hard floors, like wood and ceramic tiles may require a special kind of cloth for efficient cleaning. Alongside our wide selection for high-quality hygienic wipes is our electrostatic cloth which is crafted to pull with stubborn dirt with great ease.

Hello Purrfect Kitty


Similar rules apply when handling cats. Food preparation areas must be thoroughly cleaned before use. As with dogs, cat hair and dander, if not handled promptly, some staff members may experience allergic reactions, we advise you use a high-quality vacuum cleaner. Cat litter may have toxoplasmosis that has serious ramifications for staff members with weak immune systems. Cat litter trays must be scooped at least once a day, and the litter changed completely every 7 days. Cats can pass toxoplasmosis by walking on their litter and then walking on counters. Your cleaning staff should make sure that they use a clean cloth every time they make rounds to wipe surfaces.


You may be asking yourself why we only covered dogs and cats? It is simple, they are the most common. Often the cleaning principles apply on other pets as well. Get in touch with us on info@steiner.co.za or 0860 10 11 80 for a wide selection of solution for your pet-friendly office.

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