After the COVID-19 pandemic, people had to take extra precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus and to reduce the risks of infection at homes, schools, offices, and practically everywhere else.
Those precautionary measures include the frequent washing and sanitizing of hands, cleaning floors and surfaces more often, and reducing close contact with people in general.
Since no one knows when and if the pandemic will come to an end, regular cleaning and disinfecting has become the new normal of cleaning which only took place once or twice weekly in common places, and only washing hands when they feel dirty.
But now, it became a matter of health and safety to continue cleaning and disinfecting places and taking care of personal hygiene. And until we have a clue on when the pandemic will come to an end, these precautions are our only hope to control and contain the virus spread.
Increased Hygiene Protocols Are a Must
Since COVID-19 is something that we might have to live with for the foreseeable future, hygiene and cleaning measures have been developed to contain the virus from spreading between people, these measures have now become the new standards and not just the exception.
Workplaces, schools, and healthcare facilities must now hire professional cleaning services to maintain the cleanliness of the shared space without disturbing employees, healthcare staff, students, or visitors.
This means that cleaning and disinfecting should be carried out regularly and frequently depending on the nature of that space and the number of people who walk in or use the services you provide.
Service teams must be flexible with their cleaning schedules as healthcare facilities and most workplaces have changing needs depending on their flow of visitors. Service teams must also adapt to this new situation and take every precaution needed for their safety.
Cleaning and disinfecting areas more frequently will help reduce the risks of infection between staff. While increasing hygiene measures will decrease the risks of individuals catching the virus.
Some of the professional cleaning services offer to use technology to optimize their services. By tracking how often an area is used and build their cleaning schedules accordingly to maintain the high traffic areas’ cleanliness and safety.
Everyone Must Participate
Before the pandemic, patients, visitors, students, and employees did not have a role in maintaining the hygiene of a facility. However, by educating them about the necessary precautions, they all have a role to play.
Everyone must adhere to the new standards of personal hygiene, facilities are now urged to place educational posters about personal hygiene around the entire facility to act as training aids or reminders for people visiting the facility.
Facilities must also ensure they provide their employees with enough stock of hygiene supplies, such as hand sanitizers, gloves, and face masks. Health and safety education would be useless without the necessary resources to implement acquired knowledge.
Effective cleaning of healthcare facilities, schools, and workplaces will only be useful if visitors and employees have sufficient information on personal hygiene protocols to follow. Focusing on one while neglecting the other will not be effective.
Single-Use Items Are a Must
Some cleaning and sanitary items must only be used once such as face masks and gloves. However, other single-use items such as mops and cloths can be used more than once but with regular washing and disinfecting after each use.
Cleaners must be always cautious not to pass the infection from one place to another by using the same cleaning material without disinfecting after moving to a different area.
For instance, when cleaners are working in the kitchen area, they use mops and cloths to properly clean the floor, the refrigerators, and microwaves. But they cannot casually move to clean a meeting room with the same material.
This could increase the risks of infectious agents moving from one place to another. Therefore, mops and cloths must be always changed when moving from one area to another or even one surface type to another.
Professional Cleaners Are Essential
This pandemic has shown us how essential cleaning staff is when it comes to ensuring health and safety everywhere, whether it is in schools, or healthcare facilities, keep your workplace’s germs free. Professional cleaning services have been the front lines in fighting the pandemic and they are crucial to survive and overcome the virus.
When it comes to healthcare facilities, in particular, the nursing and doctors staff must ensure they have trained and given all the resources, equipment, and knowledge needed for their cleaners to act effectively in maintaining a hygienic and clean facility.
The New “Normal” Cleaning Tips
- Ensure cleaning surfaces first as they are touched daily and frequently by many different people. Dust, vacuum, and mop all surfaces and use water and soap to clean off grease, grime, and dirt.
- Use disinfectants such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or alcohol-based compounds as they are proven effective in killing microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.
- Follow the instructions on the disinfectant you are using as some products require you to stay on surfaces more than others to kill germs effectively. Make sure to reapply the disinfectant if the surface dries out before the required time on the instructions label.
- Disinfect counters, tables, floors, toilets, and sinks while focusing on high contact areas such as doorknobs, telephones, keyboards, flushers, fridges, and cabinet handles.
- If you are using bleach, make sure to ventilate the area you are cleaning by opening windows and limiting your exposure to breathing fumes, you can turn on the fan or wear a mask for better protection.
- Wash towels, sheets, and bath rugs and disinfect them properly.
- Always take off your shoes before walking into your house to avoid dragging in germs and dirt.
While this pandemic has been hard on everyone, we must take the necessary precaution measures to ensure the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. Following the health and safety protocols will drastically lower the risks of infection.