How To Keep Your Facility Healthy and Safe During COVID-19
As workers begin to go back to work with the threat of COVID-19 infection still looming, emphasis needs to be placed on routine cleaning and disinfecting. According to the CDC, surfaces like counter tops, desktops, phones, computer keyboards, door handles, elevator buttons, staircase railings, and other high-touch services all need routine cleaning and disinfecting.
Whether your workplace is an office, restaurant, retail establishment, church, medical facility, or industrial warehouse, hiring a qualified, commercial cleaning & janitorial service that knows what they are doing is the first line of defense to ensure that all spaces stay properly cleaned and disinfected.
The first and most important step to a comprehensive COVID-19 or virus cleaning plan is to diligently continue with routine cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are terms that are often used interchangeably and incorrectly.
Know The Difference
It’s important to know the difference between these terms in order to ensure the most effective cleaning practices are being implemented:
Cleaning typically involves soap and water and removes dust, debris, and dirt from surfaces by scrubbing, washing, and rinsing. According to the CDC, normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
Cleaning alone will contribute favorably to the health of indoor occupants because allergens and microorganisms are being removed from the surfaces of the indoor environment. However, cleaning with soap and water alone will not kill viruses (like Covid-19, influenza, and rhinovirus)
Sanitizing uses heat or chemicals to reduce the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level. Sanitizing kills and reduces the number of bacteria present by 99.9 percent, but does nothing about viruses and fungus. Sanitizing is better than cleaning alone but the reduction of pathogen populations on environmental surfaces is exponentially better when you disinfect.
Sanitizer label instructions should be followed in order to comply with the requirements for proper solution preparation, surface application, pathogen efficacy, and contact time. EPA-approved sanitizers only have claims for bacteria, while disinfectants have claims against both bacteria and viruses.
Disinfectants are the only products approved by the EPA to kill viruses on hard surfaces. Disinfecting uses chemicals or other means to kill germs on surfaces or objects, typically requires longer dwell time than sanitizing, and does not clean dirty surfaces. Disinfecting destroys or inactivates both the bacteria and viruses (like Covid-19, influenza, and rhinovirus) on hard, nonporous surfaces.
Disinfectant label instructions should be followed to comply with the requirements for proper solution preparation, surface application, pathogen efficacy, and contact time. According to Saskia Popescu, Ph.D., MPH, MA, CIC, a senior hospital infection prevention epidemiologist at HonorHealth and paid Clorox consultant, disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading germs from surfaces by touch.
Using The Right Products
The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed if you use the right products. The EPA has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are harder to kill than viruses like the one that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 Prevention Reminder
Along with routine cleaning and disinfecting, workers should continue to practice social distancing, wear facial coverings, and follow proper prevention hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Why You Should Hire Rad Cleaning Solutions
Our comprehensive commercial cleaning, janitorial, and advanced disinfecting services are competitively priced and come with quick response times. We provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for whatever reason, our 5-star quality cleaning standard is not met, we will make it right by correcting the issue within one business day.
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Once the right product is selected, the next step is to ensure that it’s being used correctly, paying special attention to mandatory dwell time and the dilution factor. Dwell time is important because if the product is removed too soon, it might not kill the pathogen as indicated on the product label. Inaccurate dilution can lead to too much of a product, which could damage surfaces and overexpose guests and staff to the chemistry. Conversely, too little product may not allow for the appropriate chemical ratio needed for proper disinfection per the product label, thus exposing students and staff to harmful pathogens. A chemical management system, such as the Flow Control Chemical Management System from 3M, can help simplify the process by ensuring proper dilution and application.
Safety also needs to be top of mind for cleaning staff when using cleaners, disinfectants and sanitizers as they often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn when using bleach solutions to protect the hands, and cleaners and disinfectants should never be mixed unless a label indicates that it’s safe to do so. Additionally, it’s important to ensure any staff members who use cleaners and disinfectants read all instruction labels and understand safe and appropriate use.
Spread Awareness, Not Germs
At the end of the day, the importance of implementing an effective cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing process during flu season cannot be overstated. However, by identifying hot spots for the spread of microbes and treating them with the appropriate products, a healthier environment can easily be achieved.
For more information on best practices for achieving an effective cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing program, please visit 3m.com/disinfection.