Commercial Cleaning Guide During Covid 19 Outbreak
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Commercial Cleaning Guide During Covid 19 Outbreak

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COVID Cleaning

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Cleaning Effectively All You Need to Know

The global Covid 19 pandemic has people all around the world scrambling to
protect their homes and businesses from becoming contaminated with the
virus. Nobody wants to spread the virus to his or her friends, family, or
coworkers, which is why many of us are practising social distancing,
wearing face coverings, and following public health regulations.

One of the most effective ways you can keep the people in your life safe
during this time is by maintaining a strict and thorough cleaning protocol
and disinfection schedule. The Covid 19 virus can survive on surfaces,
which means that any surface that is routinely touched can become a
transmission point.

To help you completely understand how you can keep your space safe during
the age of novel coronavirus, we will go over everything you need to know
about industrial cleaning and sterilisation.

What is Covid 19?

The coronavirus disease 2019, or Covid 19 as it is commonly known, is a new
strain of novel coronavirus that was first identified in China. While
scientists and health experts are learning more about this virus strain
every day, we know that it is highly contagious and has the ability to
survive on surfaces.

The virus can generate symptoms that are associated with respiratory
illness, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and more. While
person-to-person transmission seems to be the most common way the virus
spreads, it is still critically important that we do what we can to keep
our workplaces and homes clean and safe. Surfaces and belongings can become
contaminated with Covid 19 if an infectious person coughs on, sneezes near,
or directly touches them.

While practicing personal hygiene is our first line of defense, it is
really important that we also employ proper cleaning and disinfecting
techniques in any shared space.

Cleaning in Relation to Covid 19

If a person were to contact a contaminated surface or item and then touch
their nose, eyes, mouth, or face, Covid 19 transmission could occur. This
is why it is so important that we increase the frequency of cleaning with
the correct techniques to reduce the spread of the virus.

The first thing you should know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two
different processes.

Cleaning:
This refers to the process of physically removing germs, dirt, and various
organic matter from surfaces.

Disinfecting:
Involves using chemicals to kill any germs that may be present on a
surface.

A combination of cleaning and disinfecting is necessary when you are aiming
to reduce the spread of Covid 19. It is important to clean surfaces before
disinfecting them due to the fact that organic matter and dirt can reduce
the ability of a disinfecting chemical to kill the virus and other germs.
Unless the surface has first been cleaned, there is a chance any
disinfectant application that follows could be ineffective.

What Are Routine Commercial Covid Cleaning Practices?

During the Covid 19 outbreak, all types of workplaces should aim for a
daily surface cleaning routine. Naturally, extra attention should be given
to surfaces that are touched often. These areas could include door handles,
shared keyboards, light switches, desktops, toilets, kitchen countertops,
cupboard handles, and much more.

Once these high-traffic surfaces have been cleaned, they should be
disinfected to make sure that they are sterile.

How Often Should a Workplace Be Cleaned?

The frequency of cleaning will depend on the type of workplace. High
traffic workplaces, especially those that host customers and clients, will
need to clean and disinfect throughout the day. By contrast, workplaces
that only have a small crew that operate with little interaction with
others might only require a daily cleaning and disinfecting routine.

Essentially, it comes down to common sense. Any areas that house large
numbers of people that are sharing equipment and touching the same surfaces
will need a more thorough and aggressive cleaning strategy.

What Does the Cleaning and Disinfecting Process Look Like?

While cleaning techniques can vary somewhat, the following is a
step-by-step breakdown of how a person could clean an environment to
prevent the spread of Covid 19:

  • The cleaner should wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE).
    This means appropriate disposable gloves that are discarded after each
    cleaning session. Hands should also be thoroughly washed after each
    cleaning session, even when gloves are worn.
  • surface should be thoroughly cleaned with a detergent and water
    mixture. Clean surfaces should be cleaned before those that are dirtier to
    prevent the transfer of germs and grime.
  • a suitable disinfectant, we would recommend a broad-spectrum
    antiviral disinfectant, on the cleaned surfaces using a disposable cloth or
    paper towel.
  • Allow the disinfectant to sit on the surface long enough to be effective.
    The manufacturer should specify the length of time on the instruction
    label, but usually, it is around 10 minutes.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Various Surfaces

Depending on the type of surface, the cleaning and disinfecting techniques
could differ.

Hard Surfaces
such as wood desktops and tile floors, can almost always be effectively
cleaned using a detergent and water mixture. You can also disinfect hard
surfaces quite easily by using a disinfectant that has an alcohol
concentration of at least 70%. You also have the option to use chlorine
bleaches that have a concentration of 1000 parts per million.

Some commercial brands even offer disinfecting wipes and sprays, which can
be convenient when you are cleaning uneven surfaces and objects, such as
computer keyboards.

Soft surfaces
such as the fabrics and leathers you might find on a chair, require a
more delicate approach. Detergents can usually be used to clean fabric
surfaces, but you will want to check any labels to make sure they will not
damage the material. Removable covers can often be cleaned in a washing
machine.

Disinfecting soft and porous surfaces can be difficult. It can be really
difficult to properly disinfect fabric surfaces without damaging them. For
this reason, it is best to try and avoid sharing chairs and sofas in the
workplace wherever possible during the outbreak.

Cleaning Hard Floors

Hard floors should be cleaned and sanitised regularly. The frequency of
cleaning could be anything from a daily or weekly clean it would depend on
how much traffic or use the floor area gets and also how dirty it gets.

However, in the fight against COVID 19 we would recommend that the floors
in canteens and toilets are cleaned and sanitised daily. Nowadays cleaning
hard floors is easy using the new generation of floor cleaning machines
that vacuum, wash, scrub and dry the floor in one go! One such machine that
we recommend, and use in our office, is the Bissell CrossWave 3-in-1
Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner
there is also a cordless version available too.

We are not fans of traditional vacuuming and mopping. It is
labour-intensive and mops tend to splash and move about dirty water leaving
a thin film of emulsified dirt when the floor dries. There is also a slip
risk until the floor dries.

Safety Concerns for Cleaners

Although it is necessary, the cleaning process itself can pose some level
of danger. Make sure that cleaners are provided with the correct PPE and
understand how to use any disinfecting chemicals safely.

PPE should be washed after each use, or better yet, disposed of. Masks,
gloves, and goggles can all be used to make sure the cleaner is protected
throughout the cleaning process.

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