Commercial Surface Cleaning and Disinfecting in the Workplace
Cleaning your office, warehouse or other commercial floor surfaces has always been a major part of most commercial cleaning routines, however deep cleaning and disinfecting are more critical than ever before. Your employees and customers deserve to feel safe when stepping into your facility, so it’s very important to exceed those limits on cleaning and disinfecting your surfaces. To begin, it is ideal to first have a complete understanding of the differences between cleaning and disinfecting your commercial floors. These outlining measures are perfect for any industry and will help businesses worldwide in fighting the spread of coronavirus.
Clean and Disinfect: Understanding the Difference
How Floor Cleaning Machines Can Help Businesses Combat Viruses like COVID-19
Quick Tips for Cleaning & Disinfecting Other Surrounding Areas
- Before cleaning the floor, remove loose soil, debris, and other substances.
- The Genie Magic Floor Scrubber can be utilized to perform a thorough floor cleaning, removing stubborn soils and organic materials that can be hospitable to microorganisms.
- Allow your commercial floors to completely dry before continuing, then select a disinfectant surface cleaner to apply to your concrete floors.
- Be sure to always wear the appropriate personal protective gear and safety equipment when preparing and using a disinfectant solution.
- Following the label directions, properly prepare the disinfectant solution and carefully follow the label directions for the official application to ensure effectiveness.
- Restrict any form of immediate foot traffic while treating these areas and be sure to use appropriate safety protocols, such as using prominent safety signs to avoid slip and fall accidents while the surfaces remain wet.
- Ensure the disinfectant remains in contact with the floor surface for the required time, allowing the surfaces to air dry following application.
- Drain containers and tanks of remaining disinfectant solution immediately after use.
- Rinse and clean your floor scrubbing machine with water using conventional scrubbing to remove any product residue inside to reduce the potential for spread.
- Domestic workers should wear disposable gloves and aprons for cleaning.
- Once worn, the gloves and aprons should be double-bagged. Store them securely for 72 hours (risk of infection is likely to be reduced significantly after this time)
- After 72 hours, dispose of the bag in a regular waste container.
- If using manual cleaning methods, use disposable cleaning cloths and mop heads.
- Clean hard surfaces with warm soapy water. Then disinfect these surfaces with the cleaning products you normally use. Avoid splashing or spraying as you clean.
- Steam clean upholstered furniture or carpeted areas.
- Pay particular attention to frequently touched areas and surfaces, such as bathrooms, grab-rails in corridors and stairwells, and door handles
- If you suspect an area has been heavily contaminated, such as with visible bodily fluids, from a person with coronavirus (COVID-19), be sure to use protection for the eyes, mouth, and nose (like visors and masks), as well as wearing gloves and an apron. Staff must be trained in how to fit and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly.
- Make sure all employees continue to wash their hands regularly. Always use soap and water and also clean your hands for 20-30 seconds. You must also wash your hands after removing gloves, aprons, and other protection used while cleaning to reduce the risk of infection.