For many folks the struggle is real: Covid-19 fatigue. The pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, finding seemingly endless ways to frustrate. Even though the virus may be hanging around a while, production and work must go on. Which means businesses should do their part to keep the workplace clean and safe. In extreme cases an illness in the office can shut down an entire operation. For new or re-opening businesses this may seem daunting, right? Don’t worry, because here are some pro tips for disinfecting your office.
Tip #1 for Tackling Disinfection: A Clear Mind = Focus and Clarity
Before we begin, let’s take a therapeutic moment to vent, reflect and flip this virus the proverbial bird. In the early days of the pandemic maybe your personal hygiene plummeted. Inactivity made the numbers on the scale skyrocket. The work-from-home party wasn’t fun. Then variant D showed up unannounced. Both unwanted guests refused to leave. If only we could ghost them. Show them the door. Let it hit them on the backside on the way out. Call them an Uber ride…. to anywhere but here.
Feel better? Now breathe easy because now you’re going to formulate a plan for disinfecting the office. Because yes, we’re still(!) in this Covid fight!
Cleaning vs Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. But they work in tandem to keep a workplace germ-free. Knowing the differences can help keep your cleaning efforts efficient and effective.
Tip #2 What Does Cleaning Your Office Really Do?
Cleaning is essentially using soaps or detergents paired with water to remove things like germs from surfaces. Therefore, daily cleaning does help reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Cleaning removes dirt, grime, oils, and bacteria. Important note: cleaning removes and reduces these contaminants, but it doesn’t necessarily kill anything.
The Covid-19 virus can survive on hard surfaces. Yes, it’s possible for people to become infected if they touch a contaminated surface and then shortly after fiddle with their mouth, nose, or eyes. But the risk is relatively low when compared to infection via airborne virus inhalation. (Breathing in an infected person’s cough, sneeze droplets, or spittle during speech). Either way, being thorough with the routine cleaning will help keep your facility cleaner and safer.
Here are a few examples of cleaners:
PH Neutral Floor Cleaners
Toilet Bowl Cleaners
Stainless Steel Cleaners
Tip #3 What Exactly is Disinfection All About?
Disinfecting refers to the use of chemicals that are specifically formulated to destroy viruses, germs and bacteria. They kill on contact. However, disinfectants don’t emulsify or break down commons oils, dirt and other stubborn debris that can soil surfaces. This is what cleaning products do. Cleaning breaks down or softens dirt and grime making it easier to remove and wipe away.
Disinfectants are the most effective and strongest germ killing agents. Sanitizers do kill many common germs, but are not formulated to be as aggressive.
Here are a few examples of disinfectants:
Tip #4 How to Disinfect Your Office
-Provide sanitizer for customers and staff. This is a proactive move. Plus, it’s great for optics and morale as you’re displaying a commitment to health and safety. Lobbies, restrooms and kitchen areas are great locations to place complementary hand-sanitizer.
Planning on disinfecting surfaces? Here are a few preparatory steps to consider.
-Ventilation: before disinfecting, consider opening outside windows to let in fresh air and promote air circulation. Many disinfectant products have strong odors and heavy inhalation can pose health risks.
– SDS Sheets: always read the and consult a disinfectant product’s SDS sheet (safety data sheet) before using the product. The SDS sheet will include chemical use instructions, safety precautions, and other vital information.
– Training: make sure your employees are trained on proper disinfection practices. This is important for reducing health and safety risks. If your commercial cleaning company is able to come in and do the disinfecting, even better.
-Always utilize proper PPE (personal protective equipment). Examples included N95 mask, nitrile or latex gloves, goggles, etc.
-Make sure chemicals are properly diluted per the label. Do not mix chemicals.
Tip #5 What to Disinfect at The Office
Focus on high-touch surfaces. These are routinely and commonly touched surfaces in high-traffic areas. The most effective and simplest method to disinfect these surfaces is to use a spray bottle properly filled with hospital-grade disinfectant. You would then wipe the surfaces down using microfiber cloth as the applicator. Spray directed into your cloth rather than on the surfaces themselves. Examples of high-touch surfaces includes counter tops, light switches, touch screen electronics, stair rails, elevator buttons, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
So there you are, a few pro tips for disinfecting your office. Now you’ve got a plan. No biggie. You’re calm, cool, and collected. You got this. Happy sanitizing!
If you have questions or need disinfecting help from the pros, contact one of our service consultants today.