As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, business owners and managers are understandably scrambling to take all necessary precautions to protect their employees and customers. However, amid all of the panic and chaos, it’s important not to forget about one of the most fundamental elements of running a business: keeping it clean.
It’s easy to overlook the importance of keeping your work environment clean when you’re focused on more pressing matters, but we wanted to remind our readers of some simple ways to maintain a clean workspace – especially in light of COVID-19. Even if you don’t think your workplace is at risk of contamination, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! In this blog post, we’ll provide some tips for keeping your office clean during these uncertain times.
Clean & Disinfect
Cleanliness is important for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and everyone must continue to prioritize it, especially as new variants of the virus continue to dominate headlines. From the moment an employee walks into the building to when they leave, their hands should be disinfected before interacting with any surface. Employees must keep all work surfaces clean and disinfected daily using the proper tools. This will ensure any dirt, bacteria, germs, or other harmful substances are significantly reduced on desks, phones, keyboards, and so on. Again – it’s much easier to prevent COVID-19 than trying to remove it later!
As a professional commercial cleaning company, here are the steps we take when disinfecting.
Step One: Surfaces are cleaned first, using a microfiber cloth, with a peroxide based chemical, at proper dilution, to break down the soil load.
Step Two: Using a disinfectant chemical, at proper dilution, we spray all surfaces with enough chemical to stay wet for 10 minutes. (It is especially important that these areas stay wet for the proper dwell time of 10 minutes, to properly disinfect).
Step Three: After the 10- minute dwell time, we come back and wipe all surfaces with a clean, microfiber cloth, which is damp with ONLY water. If the disinfectant is not properly rinsed at this time, it will begin to deteriorate the surfaces sprayed.
You can watch our CEO, in this video, provide our custodians training on how to properly disinfect surfaces.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
The World Health Organization recommends utilizing surface virucidal disinfectants, such as 0.05% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) and ethanol-based products (at least 70%). It’s also important to properly dispose of any cleaning products when they are finished being used, so you might want to consider investing in a larger container of cleaner that doesn’t require constant refills. Employees should avoid coming in contact with any disinfectants if possible and always wear gloves when cleaning.
Establish a Routine & Stay Consistent
Maintaining a clean office is not something that can be done once and forgotten about – it’s an ongoing process that requires discipline and consistency. Employees must be on the same page when it comes to cleaning protocols so that none of the surfaces or areas are missed. Furthermore, it’s important to establish a routine and stick to it so that everyone knows what is expected of them. This will help minimize confusion and ensure that no corners are cut when it comes to keeping the office clean.
A lot can happen in less than twenty-four hours (especially while COVID-19 is infecting people all over the world). To keep your office as clean as possible, it’s important to be proactive in your approach. This means taking preventative measures every day, such as using proper cleaning supplies and following our tips. It’s also helpful to schedule regular deep cleanings for common areas that may be more difficult to keep tidy on a daily basis.
We hope these tips will help our readers maintain a clean workplace during these uncertain times. And as always, we are here for you! We know how hard these times can be, and we want to help. For more information on our commercial cleaning services or if you require a quote today call us at (403) 879 3846!
Picture Perfect Cleaning is a leading provider of janitorial and commercial cleaning services in Canada. We offer comprehensive and affordable cleaning solutions for businesses of all sizes, and we have a team of experienced and qualified professionals who are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service. Visit our website today to learn more about our services, or call us at (403) 879 3846 for a free quote.