How Do You Define Clean During a Pandemic and Beyond?

How Do You Define Clean During a Pandemic and Beyond?

After months of uncertainty, every American is undoubtedly ready to get back to work – from business owners and property managers to the employees, vendors, and clients who occupy their facilities.

There’s one big question on everyone’s mind? How to do it safely? 

The prospect of reopening can seem daunting. But, there’s good news. It’s possible to step up your cleaning during a pandemic and beyond. There are simple ways to keep common areas and workspaces safe by cleaning and disinfecting thoroughly and properly. 

We have some tried and true helpful tips to show you how!

Meeting Expectations

Do you know the number one thing owners and managers can do to elicit confidence from their employees and customers? Have a clear and concise plan that outlines the steps they are taking to ensure everyone’s safety, and then, communicate it. 

New standards for cleaning and disinfecting should be a top priority. Although cleaning and sanitizing aren’t new practices, the cleaning methods of the past may no longer be enough in a post-COVID world. There are new, stepped-up standards your stakeholders will expect you to meet. 

One example? Your cleaning plan in the past might have featured routine nightly cleaning and stepped up disinfection weekly or bi-weekly. These days, that’s not enough. 

In response to COVID-19, daily cleaning with disinfection is the new norm to keep shared spaces and frequently touched surfaces sanitary. Employees will welcome the new addition of cleaning throughout the workday as an extra precaution.  

How to Step Up Your Pandemic Cleaning Measures

Ready to get started on your new, improved cleaning and disinfecting journey?  Start by ensuring all cleaning staff has the right PPE. Be sure they’re wearing properly fitting disposable gloves, gowns, and masks for all tasks — plus protective eyewear whenever there is a risk of splashing from products.    

Know the difference between cleaning and disinfection. Cleaning comes first – it rids surfaces of dirt and debris and helps reduce germs. Disinfection follows and kills any germs that might be lingering. 

Clean with a basic soap and water solution, followed by a rinse with plain water. 

Apply disinfectants according to the label’s instructions. Then, leave the cleaning formula on the surface for the recommended amount of time so it’s fully effective. Always use an EPA approved disinfectant proven to kill COVID-19 for disinfection. 

Reduce the spread of COVID-19 by checking that your facility always has proper ventilation. Plus, it’s essential during the disinfecting process. Review your ventilation system to make sure it’s in top working condition and bring in additional fans or keep windows open if possible.

Conduct cleaning and disinfection sweeps during business hours, addressing all common areas, including but not limited to the following: 

  • Reception Areas
  • Kitchens and Break Rooms 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Meeting Areas 
  • Shared Supply & Task Rooms

Empower employees to address their workspaces throughout the day. Also, be sure to provide the materials they’ll need, such as disposable gloves, wipes, and trash receptacles. 

Reserve off-hours, like nights and weekends, for stepped-up sanitation practices. This is a good time to consider hiring a professional team specially trained in COVID-19 cleaning at the corporate level to come in and conduct a deep sweep. 

At Jidan Cleaning, our employees learn to address areas you might not even consider when putting your pandemic cleaning plan in place. We can provide an additional layer of protection from pathogens at your facility using the latest cutting-edge techniques like electrostatic disinfection. Contact us today for your free estimate.