A term building managers should be aware of is biofilm.
The film surrounding them is made from secretions from the bacteria. It protects them, providing a shielding effect.
This shielding effect is powerful, and this is something building managers should be concerned about. Scientists believe it can be as much as 1,000 times harder to eliminate bacteria if it is living in a biofilm shell. Further, these secretions create a powerful adhesive, making biofilm very hard to remove from most surfaces using traditional cleaning methods.
But that’s not all. Here are some more things we need to know about biofilm:
At the top of the list, they can spread disease; this can be very serious, especially if they are found growing on touchable surfaces in medical facilities, schools, or food service locations
As the biofilm colony grows and matures, it develops defenses against traditional disinfectants; this makes it still harder to eliminate.
Biofilm is very hard to detect. The yellow tarter on our teeth is a form of biofilm. Fortunately, we can see that, and it can be removed. But on a countertop, on walls and floors in locker rooms, or showers in schools, even air vents, it can be tough to detect.
It often develops in areas that remain moist a great deal of the time including leaking faucets, damp areas near and around windows, ice machines, sinks, floor drains, janitorial closets – especially mop sinks – and around toilets and urinals.
As to locating biofilm, there are technologies available that can take “pictures” of surfaces that cannot be seen by the human eye. ATP monitors can also be used. Both may be able to detect biofilm. However, what may be the most effective step to take is to prevent the growth of biofilm.
To do this, managers are urged to do the following:
Conduct a walk-through of their facilities with their cleaning contractor
Look for areas that tend to stay damp and find ways to keep these areas dry. This could include basements, areas around building mechanicals, and around heating and air conditioning systems.
Make sure your cleaning workers keep janitorial closets clean and dry.
Mop sinks must be rinsed and cleaned after each use as should mop buckets; further, mops need to be laundered and changed frequently.
Cleaning workers should store as many items as possible off the floor. This helps keep floor areas clean and dry.
But Secure Cleaning takes things a step further to protect our customer’s buildings. We are one of the few contract cleaning companies in the area that uses the EvaClean System. This is a multi-step system that applies a hospital-grade disinfectant to surfaces to help keep all types of surfaces essentially germfree. It’s just one more way we keep our client’s buildings – and all building users – healthy.
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