Covid-19- what does it all mean? The do’s and don’ts of finding the right cleaning

As much as we might all wish to forget this pandemic is happening, the reality is that we will be dealing with the ramifications for a long time. As businesses begin to reopen, the cleaning industry has a vital part to play in controlling the spread of the virus.

Ensuring the health and safety of others is what we do year-round, but it has never been more important than now. We have spent the past few months researching the latest information about how to effectively tackle this, from government guidance  to the latest updates from WHO.

Here are the top three key topics we have identified about eradicating the virus, and how to avoid those who may be taking advantage of the situation:

Virucides

This word, along with biocides, has become a hot topic in the response to Covid-19. But what exactly does it mean? Basically, it is a chemical that will effectively kill* the virus. Covid-19 is surprisingly easy to kill once it has come in contact with the chemical, but to slow the spread this needs to eradicate every trace of the virus and have regular cleans to avoid multiple infections. Chemicals such as bleach and strong disinfectants are strong enough to do the job, and any alcohol based cleaning agent over 70%.

Don’t- trust companies selling a ‘wonder chemical’ that will destroy the virus in one go. These are likely to be overpriced and possibly ineffective.

Do- invest in effective and regular cleaning with the appropriate chemicals.

Cleaning schedules:

As mentioned, the best way to reduce the spread is to CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN! As businesses reopen, many to the public, the chance for infection will rise significantly. Areas such as bathrooms will see more use as people wash their hands more frequently, so it is necessary to regularly clean these surfaces.

Don’t- trust someone to just do a one time deep clean. Especially if they are telling you this will be sufficient- it won’t be! These are important, but long term planning needs to be implemented.

Do- find a cleaning company to conduct an assessment of the areas that will be used most frequently and who will ensure their cleaners will be focusing on these spaces. We also offer additional cleaning equipment and training for businesses who do not have cleaners on site all day so that their staff can clean any specifically dangerous areas throughout the day.

Staff Safety:

The safety and wellbeing of our staff is always incredibly important to us, and working on the frontline of this virus we have to ensure that our workers are safe. As an industry there are concerns that staff will be putting themselves and others at risk as they will be closely working with potentially infected areas across multiple sites. Most cleans happen when businesses are otherwise empty, however cleaners need to be able to social distance from each other where possible.

Don’t- allow a company to limit the number of cleaning staff on site, this will increase the workload of those who are working and may lead to delays in cleaning leading to exposure to more people. Also, in most working environments PPE can be as basic as gloves and masks and remain effective. Do not assume full hazmat PPE is required for every role, and question companies recommending this if it seems unsuitable for your workspace.

Do- Ensure staff are equipped with the correct PPE and enough of it to be regularly replaced throughout the clean. Ask to have dedicated staff for each site where possible to limit the transmission between workplaces. Trust your cleaning company to provide sufficient support to cover any staff absences and keep cleans as efficient as possible.

We have done the research, and know how to tackle this virus. If you feel your cleaning company is not meeting these requirements, they are not protecting you.

We are ready to keep you safe! Contact us now

* ‘kill’ is a divisive term in this case as some scientists argue that viruses are not ‘alive’ so cannot be ‘killed’. It is used throughout this blog as an indicator of the effectiveness of the cleaning in removing the virus from surfaces and limiting infection.

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