Whether your doors are open or closed, the Coronavirus outbreak has taught every business the importance of cleanliness and sanitation…
Whether your doors are open or closed, the Coronavirus outbreak has taught every business the importance of cleanliness and sanitation throughout the day. You need to protect your employees and customers from the various germs, bacteria, and viruses that are spread daily.
Now is a great time to analyze your current cleaning procedures to ensure your business meets standard requirements both during and after this difficult time has passed. Let’s see what you can start doing today to create a better tomorrow for your customers and employees.
Are You Cleaning or Are You Disinfecting?
When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting, the two terms are used interchangeably by most people. They do, however, hold a distinct technical difference that often gets lost in translation. It can also be the difference between keeping your employees or customers safe and leaving them exposed to harmful germs.
When you hear the term cleaning, it’s technically referring to the removal of dirt, debris, germs, bacteria, etc. It won’t necessarily mean killing those germs, but simply lowers the risk of it spreading by removing it.
On the other hand, disinfecting refers to killing the germs by using chemicals. This is typically done after the surface or area has been cleaned thoroughly.
Everything Needs Different Care
Cleaning your business has to be something that’s done continuously, throughout the day — every day. Your focus should be on high-traffic areas and things that are touched often, like doorknobs, tables, electronics, light switches, handles on cupboards or cabinets, and bathrooms.
For hard surfaces, use a soap or detergent to clean the surface thoroughly. Once cleaned, use an EPA-approved cleaning chemical to kill any leftover germs. You can also mix 4 teaspoons of bleach with a quart of water for your own disinfecting solution.
For soft and porous surfaces like carpet and drapes, disinfect them separately with a cleaning solution suitable for porous surfaces. Use warm water and make sure they dry completely before re-displaying.
Electronics can easily be disinfected by using EPA-approved wipes (Lysol, Clorox, Purell). These wipes can be stored anywhere, making it easy to keep highly-used items like doorknobs, phones, and computer equipment clean.
Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands
Your hands are one of the most vulnerable places for germs, bacteria, and viruses. Not only do they touch almost everything you come in contact with throughout the day, but they also frequently make contact with your face, mouth, eyes, and nose.
Employees should make it a regular routine to wash their hands several times throughout the day. This will especially be true for bathroom breaks, lunch break, and after touching anything that’s prone to germs. It’s what needs to be done to keep your business coronavirus-free.
When cleaning and disinfecting, make sure you wear gloves to avoid getting any bacteria on yourself in the process. You must ensure that you save your gloves for this reason instead of wearing them around everywhere. Wearing gloves around everywhere serves no purpose because you’ll still be spreading germs from one place to another.
The best defense is to wash your hands frequently, not wear gloves frequently.
“Cleaning and Disinfection for Households.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 Mar. 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html.
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