Disinfecting and Sanitizing Your Business

Looking for a way to protect your employees from COVID-19? Here's everything you need to know about disinfecting your business with office sanitizing services.
While some employers plan to keep their employees working remotely for the remainder of 2020 and beyond in some cases, there are others that have started bringing employees back to work. Notably, many colleges and universities, daycares, and K-12 schools have returned to in-person instruction this fall. Some churches are holding in-person worship services and restaurants are starting to allow indoor dining once again. One of the most important components of a return-to-work plan is keeping employees safe. From PPE to social distancing to office sanitizing services, any plan to bring employees (and customers) back to your business in person must consider the safety of all involved. If you want to learn more about disinfecting and sanitizing your business, read on.

Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing

Although these terms might be used interchangeably, they are three different processes and should be used in conjunction with each other.

The first step is cleaning. Cleaning is the process of removing surface dirt, crumbs, stains, etc. from surfaces such as counters, desks, shelves, etc. While cleaning does remove surface dirt, it doesn't kill any viruses or bacteria that may be present on the surfaces.

Disinfection, on the other hand, does kill any viruses or bacteria. It doesn't necessarily clean, so you need to clean firs then disinfect. Pay attention to the directions on your product container, as disinfectants need to be wet on a surface for a specific period of time (called dwell time) in order to work effectively.

Finally, sanitizing, if necessary, should be the third step in the process. Sanitizing removes and reduces the number of germs to acceptable levels, based on public health guidelines. Sanitizing might not be necessary for all businesses, but is necessary in places like hospitals, daycares, restaurants, etc.

Regular Cleaning and Disinfecting

One of the most important things to have is a plan for your business. How often will regular cleaning and disinfecting happen? Who will do it and what will they use?

You need to identify the items and areas used regularly that must be cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized, including:

  • Doorknobs and door handles
  • Light switches
  • Tables and desks
  • Bathroom surfaces
  • Break room surfaces (counters, refrigerator and microwave handles, faucets)
  • Faucets and paper towel dispensers if they are not automatic
  • Keyboards, mice, and phones

These areas should be cleaned regularly throughout the day and thoroughly each night or when the business is closed.

Provide Appropriate Supplies

Your employees should have the proper supplies to clean their spaces as well as keep themselves safe. Signage requiring masks and social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, plenty of handwashing supplies, and cleaning wipes or products to allow employees to clean regularly should be provided.

There should also be protocols for how often areas must be cleaned and instructions provided on how the cleaning and disinfecting should take place. You should also have a plan in place for the cleaning necessary if an employee does test positive for COVID-19. In this situation, you may want to consider a company that specializes in office sanitizing services to make sure the space is clean and safe.

Office Sanitizing Services to Keep You and Your Employees Safe

Keeping your office clean for all who enter is an important part of reopening and staying open. Following proper cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing will help keep your employees healthy and reduce the chance for the virus to spread via surfaces.

If you would prefer to outsource your office sanitizing services, we can help. EverWell provides commercial and residential disinfecting and sanitizing. We use a three-step system to quickly eliminate germs and bacteria. If you are ready to learn more about what we cand do for you, contact us to book an appointment.

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