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Antiviral Sanitisation and Disinfection Cleaning in Australia

Posted On: October 26th, 2020 Author: Stephen Matthews

Since we are far from being over with Covid 19, Australian Government Department of Health has come up with many campaigns and protocols to protect the entire population in Australia. This drive is not only being observed in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth but all over the country. The cleaning industry works hand in hand in the Australian Government Department of Health to come up with fantastic services that will protect all business establishments against viruses and bacteria. Cleaning technicians have undergone infection control training to achieve the best results of the sanitisation service that they are offering.

The cleaning service being used in Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth have demonstrated these of hospital-grade disinfectant. The process has proven that the treatment is effective. These fantastic services include fogging services, therapeutic goods administration of certified virucidal, and sanitisation service that uses different hospital-grade disinfectants. This virucidal is non-toxic and safe to use for both home and offices.

How do you Disinfect Surfaces for the Covid 19 Virus?

This section of the article will come in two parts. The first one is how will you mix your own disinfectant and the second part is how will you demonstrate to you how you will use your own mixture in effectively disinfecting your business.

Quick Guidance on Mixing Your Very Own Bleach Solution

We will talk to you about quick steps on how you will mix an effective disinfectant for coronavirus cleaning. It is simple, affordable, and will keep your business from deadly viruses and bacteria.
You will need the following ingredients:

  • Bleach with 3 to 6 per cent sodium hydrochloride active ingredients.
  • Measuring Cup
  • Funnel
  • Teaspoon
  • Spray Bottle
  • Protective gear like goggles and gloves
  • Tap Water

You can find the information on sodium hydrochloride of bleach percentage on the manufacturer product label. It will also show important information like expiry date. Always remember that expired bleach is not an effective disinfectant. In general knowledge, household bleach expires a year after the manufacturing date. This information is also printed on the actual bottle. We will share with you a recipe that has been recommended by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Use one teaspoon of bleach with 6 per cent sodium hypochlorite for every one cup of tap water. The mixture will depend on the percentage of sodium hypochlorite in your bleach. Different recipes for this are also available on the internet. If you are living in Melbourne or Perth, you can also send us an email, and we will be delighted to send a copy to you.

Bleach disinfectant is also known to be safe around children and pets and can also be used as an effective disinfectant at home.

  • Put on your gloves before handling any chemicals.
  • Measure one teaspoon of bleach with one cup of water.
  • Mix the solution together.
  • Put the funnel on top of the spray bottle.
  • Pour in the mixture.
  • Tightly cap your spray bottle.

This solution is now ready to disinfect different hard surfaces. You can start disinfecting light switches, horizontal surfaces in your workplace, and door handles. A friend of mine also told me that he uses the same bleach solutions in cleaning the interior of his car by disinfecting the steering wheel, gear, and other internal touchpoints.

How to Properly Disinfect Your Workstation Against Covid 19 Virus

Cleaning services in Australia offer a wide selection of sanitisation and disinfection services for almost all of the business types available throughout different states like Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Since the spread of the Covid 19 virus, many people worry about their health and safety. Someone health is put at risk. Cleaning alone will not warrant protection against diseases.

We encourage different businesses to employ a cleaning company that has undergone infection control training. Around April of this year when the Coronavirus started to spread, the Australian Government Department of Health had launched an infection control training in their website. Everyone who had undergone that training was given a certificate. The certificate includes the name of the business and the name of the cleaning technicians who had undergone the infection control training.

The Department of Health had mandated all businesses to download and register a Covid 19 Virus plan on their website. This will raise awareness that almost all businesses in Australia know how to handle the Covid 19 virus.

Cleaning and sanitising your business can be done successfully with different cleaning disinfectants available in the market. The next application that we are about to tell you will apply to both critical and non-critical areas of your office.

Some cleaning technicians use germicidal, antibacterial wipes instead of cloths. These germicidal wipes are safe to handle with your bare hands.

You need to remember to wipe the surface in one direction going from top to bottom, left to right. You can also repeat the same process with high touched surfaces. You need to clean and disinfect anything on the desk that you can touch. If you are looking at a public workstation, you will need to clean and disinfect the mouse, keyboard, phones, staplers, pens, and pencils. The wipes are moist, and you are not required to do anything apart from wiping the surface on a single go.

Repeat the same process for shared workspaces and commonly used areas like reception, toilets, and kitchen. To stop the spread of the covid 19 virus, we need to put attention in disinfecting high touch areas like light switches, door handles, elevator buttons, the car handles, etc. This also applies if you are driving a car. Give your steering wheel and your gear a good wipe every so often that it will become your habit.

Cleaning and disinfecting your workstations is advisable during the day when you come in the morning and before you start your day. Follow that up with a quick wipe after lunch.
Some businesses also hire commercial cleaners that will disinfect their common areas and elevators every four hours. It includes services like disinfecting elevator buttons and handrails.

How can I Protect Myself and Others When Using Disinfectants?

The Australian Government Department of Health had come up with a list of approved disinfectants that are proven to kill and stop the spread of the Coronavirus. This information is available on their website. Cleaning technicians are free to use it to secure your workplace against germs and viruses. These products are proven to be hospital-grade disinfectants, and their treatment is effective on all surfaces. Your own staff can administer the sanitisation of your office as it is safe. Now, how can you protect yourself, your employee, or even your cleaning technician against the danger of mishandling disinfectants, detergent, different range of certified virucidal and other non-toxic products that are used in a property? Do not put yourself at risk and learn the proper way of handling these products in Sydney.

Choose the Right Detergent or Cleaning Chemical.

Always make it a habit to read the manufacturer’s label. The label will include all the instructions and to which type of surface is it safe for you to use on. Sanitising is a sure way to get rid of viruses, bacteria, diseases, and infection. By choosing the right product, you can promise that the treatment is effective. There are four factors that you need to consider in handling non-toxic cleaning chemicals. They are:

  • Simple to use – the instruction should be straightforward and easy to understand.
  • Risks – is it safe for your team to use it with your bare hands, or will you be required to wear masks and gloves?
  • Dwell Time – disinfection and sanitisation chemicals need to follow a specific dwell time to work effectively. This is the only way for it to kill the Coronavirus on surfaces.
  • Effectiveness – The manufacturer’s label will say which pathogens, germs, and viruses will the chemical kill. Your customers will benefit on this if you can choose the appropriate and certified virucidal.

Never Mix Chemicals.

It is a big no to mix sanitising detergent with other cleaning chemicals. A lot of cleaning technicians had fallen into this trap. Different chemicals have their own properties that can cause risks when mishandled. It can emit toxic fumes that are unsafe when inhaled. Apart from the risks that it poses, it also affects the potency of the sanitising chemicals. It will be dangerous for your hands as well as for your customers.

Follow the Right Ratio.

Again, this information is on the manufacturer’s label. You need to follow the proper ratio suggested on the label and do not decide on your own. You are putting your customers at risks, and at the same time, the potency of the treatment will be affected.

Clean before sanitising or disinfecting.

This is one of the mistakes that people make. Cleaning, sanitising, and disinfecting are three different things. For the sanitising and disinfecting to work effectively, you need to make sure that the area is clean and free of dust, dirt and other impurities. This will also make sure that the treatment is effective.

Focus on the High-Touched Points.

We all know that the spread of the Coronavirus is generally coming from the commonly touched surfaces. You need to clean and disinfect this at least every four hours to kill the germs and viruses. The high touch surface is home to infection and viruses.

Always Prepare a Fresh Cleaning Solution.

Always prepare a new cleaning solution, mostly if you will mop hard surfaces. The answer can be contaminated and be a home of viruses and bacteria if not changed regularly. For commercial cleaning, cleaning technicians are suggested to replace mop heads every after four rooms.

Use Microfibre Cloths and Mop Heads.

Microfibers are magic when it comes to cleaning. It can suck up water, moist, dust, virus, and bacteria with no sweat.

Always use Appropriate Protective Gear.

This is the basic rule that all technicians follow. As simple as wearing masks and gloves will do.

Covid 19 is not just a challenge in Australia. It is affecting all countries all around the world. With proper cleaning and disinfection, we will be able to win this. Commercial cleaning companies offer many services like fogging and routine cleaning that can improve the health and safety of your workplace. We want to hear how you are able to do your sanitising method in your business. What antiviral chemicals are you using and where did you get it? Drop us a comment below and let us create a useful community.

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This is Stephen from Clean Group. I work as a full-time commercial cleaning manager and part-time writer with Clean Group - a commercial cleaning company based in Sydney, Australia. I have over 10 years of experience in working with different cleaning companies around Sydney, providing as well as managing office cleaning, carpet cleaning and other commercial cleaning jobs for both households and individuals in Australia. I also share cleaning tips and write about my experience on this website.

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