For the Health of Our Planet: Pandemic Measures Call For Clean Facilities

If you own a business or commercial facility and are soon to reopen, it’s imperative that you follow the CDC guidelines for businesses to curb the spread of infection.

In addition to requiring masks and practicing social distancing, we have to make sure that all facilities are properly disinfected throughout the day.

You may be thinking, “I’ve always kept clean facilities. Shouldn’t that be enough?”

The truth is that in order to tackle the virus, you’re going to have to adopt a thorough, regular schedule for cleaning facilities. Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish this.

What Cleaners Should You Use?

When we talk about cleaning, we tend to think of removing grime and other noticeable spots from various surfaces. However, the coronavirus calls for serious disinfectants that can kill the germs we need to avoid. That means a wet paper towel isn’t going to cut it.

Instead, look for EPA-approved disinfectants for wood, concrete, and metal surfaces. Typically, the most cost-effective variety of disinfectants will contain chlorine bleach. When using products that contain bleach, make sure your facility has enough ventilation to avoid intoxication from the fumes.

If you need to clean electronics such as tablets, computers, and cash register screens, use wipes or sprays that contain at least 70% isopropyl alcohol. 

Make sure you read the instructions on your cleaning solutions. Many of them need to sit for a few minutes before you wipe them down. Failing to do so could mean that these surfaces are still not safe to touch.

What Surfaces Should You Clean Throughout the Day?

Running a business isn’t easy to do when you’re trying to disinfect the entire facility 24/7. However, there are certain areas that require special attention and should be cleaned several times a day. We call these “high touch” areas.

High touch areas are things like doorknobs, countertops, and product shelving. You should also pay close attention to the surfaces in your public and employee restrooms, like the faucets and paper towel dispensers. Think about how your business functions and what both employees and customers are inclined to touch on a regular basis and make sure these areas are cleaned at least once an hour.

If customers are using a keypad at the cash register, ask employees to wipe these down with alcohol wipes after each use, even if customers are wearing gloves. When using disinfectant wipes, dispose of them after each use rather than trying to reuse them several times throughout the day. 

How Can You Make Sure Your Facilities Are Fully Disinfected?

Chances are, your day-to-day staff are not professional cleaners. Even with the precautions we’ve listed above, you’re still going to need to deep facility cleaning on a regular basis to ensure that it is a safe environment.

Hire a professional service offering cleaning for coronavirus. At a minimum, bring them in once a week, if not more.

Keep Clean Facilities to Keep the Planet Safe

No matter what kind of business you run, it’s imperative to keep clean facilities. This is one of the only ways to ensure that your employees and customers are protected from the coronavirus.

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