We are all concerned about coronavirus, which is now officially called a pandemic and it is reasonable for all of us to be apprehensive. The number of new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is increasing daily and we all know these numbers are likely to be going up still further.
There is no cure for coronavirus. But there are steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the infection. We want our customers to know what steps we are now taking to keep your facilities not only clean, but healthy and open for business.
Addressing the Coronavirus Situation
For instance, especially now with coronavirus, we have worked with our entire staff, reminding them how to use disinfectants properly. This includes the following:
Clean first. We clean surfaces first and then disinfect, a two-step process. While there are one-step disinfectants, currently, we are recommending that for heavily touched areas in facilities, we follow the two-step method. Cleaning removes soils, allowing disinfectants to clean more effectively.
Dwell time. All disinfectants must dwell on surfaces for a few minutes to ensure they work properly. Our staff has been reminded of this and its importance.
Appropriate disinfectants. We are providing our staff with hospital-grade, EPA approved, broad-ranged disinfectants. These are designed to kill most viruses and pathogens. We will continue to follow the Environmental Protection agency if they issue new guidelines as to what types of disinfectants to use.
Proper dilution. Our staff has been reminded to follow proper dilution procedures when using disinfectants. For all cleaning solutions to work effectively, they must be diluted properly. Fortunately, many of the facilities we clean also have auto-dilution systems installed, helping to ensure all disinfectants and other cleaning solutions are diluted properly.
High-touch surfaces. Our staff has been instructed to put extra emphasis on properly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, such as those listed below. This will help prevent the potential transmission of viruses from hard surfaces to people and consumable food items. We are also working with staff members to conduct high-touch audits. This way, we can make sure our staff is well aware of all such surfaces in your facility that should be cleaned.
High-touch surfaces in your facility that might harbor coronavirus germs:
Door handles and knobs
Sinks and faucets
Water fountain control knobs
Break room tables, chairs, and counters
The handles on kitchen appliances and coffee machines
Copier machine controls and all shared electronics
Cabinet and file drawers
Desks, especially shared desks in open space offices
Cleaning’s Role. For years, Secure Clean has believed our most important job is to clean for health. Never has this been needed more. We have and will continue to remind everyone working for our company of just how important their role is.
We want all our customers to know we are doing everything we can to help you through this very challenging time. We will continue doing everything now proven effective to help fight the spread of this infection and be sure we follow any new recommendations immediately upon their release.
Please revisit our website frequently. Our plan is to keep everyone updated on ways to protect their own health and the health of building users.
Rick Vanderkoy, President of Secure Clean Building Services.
The Secure Clean blog is designed to help building managers keep their facilities cleaner, healthier, greener, and safer, in the most cost-effective ways possible. To learn more about us, please take a few minutes to explore our website at www.securecleanbsi.com, contact us here, or at 888-609-1410.