The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has highlighted the importance of cleaning and disinfecting households, communal spaces, community facilities, and establishments, may it be public or private. As the transmission of COVID-19 occurs when there is close contact with an infected person, either directly or by touching contaminated objects or surfaces, it’s all the more important to keep everything extremely clean and sanitized to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Cleaning for the coronavirus is not so different from sanitizing for other viruses, like the flu or the common cold. However, public health officials offered a piece of advice that may be useful to both businesses and individual households: increase the frequency between cleaning sessions, using disinfectant products that are considered effective, disinfecting “high-touch” areas, and making hand sanitizer available and accessible.
Since the coronavirus is still fairly new, there is no universal protocol in place as to how one may choose to deep clean spaces with high foot traffic. For now, the best you can do is up the ante when it comes to commercial cleaning. You shouldn’t have to deviate from the way you used to clean your home or establishment, but you should be mindful of the cleaning agent you utilize and the process you take when it comes to sanitizing.
Be wary of the cleaning agent you use
Cleaning agents are integral to your sanitization efforts. Look for cleaning products and agents that can kill the pathogen. The CDC suggests that for non-porous surfaces, detergents, soap, and water should be used prior to disinfection. As for sanitizing, the most common EPA-registered disinfectants should be effective. You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning products with regard to concentration, application method, contact time, and more.
You may also opt for diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1000 ppm sodium hypochlorite) for cleaning surfaces. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the application process and allow proper ventilation during and after application. One thing you should never do is mixing bleach with ammonia and any other cleanser as it can create toxic fumes.
For porous surfaces like carpeted floors, rugs, and drapes, the CDC suggests that you remove any visible contamination present and clean with appropriate cleansers created explicitly for use on these surfaces. After commercial cleaning, ensure that the items are laundered.
The proper cleaning and sanitation process
Pathogens like the coronavirus can live for up to nine days outside of a host on inanimate surfaces. Your commercial cleaning process must involve the necessary steps and the proper wait times to ensure that your sanitizing agent can eradicate the virus. Removing the agent before the recommended dwell time or using an agent that is past its expiry date may result in a false sense of security concerning exposure and risk.
If you want a reputable commercial cleaning service based in Medicine Hat that understands the importance of keeping your space sanitized and can address all your cleaning needs, get in touch with us. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and how we can help your establishment fight COVID-19.