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.