Office Cleaning Practices To Keep COVID19 Away

working in the office during a pandemic
For your employees’ safety, you must ensure the office is well sanitized.

As the WHO declared Coronavirus, or COVID-19, a pandemic, millions of businesses have been affected. The virus has hit all industries and crashed the economy and the situation came to a point where businesses can’t afford to keep their offices closed despite the imminent unseen threat.

Offices are slowly starting to open and one of the things all companies should do is to take a serious look at the in-office policies, especially those involving organization and cleanliness to contain the spread of the virus. 

Beyond the usual health advice, here are the following office cleaning practices that you could use to keep COVID-19 away:

Limit Surfaces That Employees Need to Touch

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 could spread by touching infected surfaces. You can defeat this by limiting the surfaces the employees have to touch. Making changes such as having swing doors, motion sensor bathrooms, and motion lights may do this job

One-Way Wipe Down

When we clean, we usually wipe down surfaces in a circular or back and forth motion. This way of cleaning may redeposit the germs you just wiped up making your cleaning useless.

Instead of doing this, practice the one-way wipe down as you wipe your surfaces, and the usually touched objects like the doorknobs, phones, and desks. By doing this, you could ensure that germs and bacteria are removed, and your things are safe to use.

Color Code Your Cleaning Solutions

There are times that we use the same towel for cleaning different surfaces. This practice may cause contamination and spread of germs.

Try having your cleaning solutions color-coded from towels to other cleaning tools such as brushes to avoid contamination. This will also assure you that all areas have a designated cleaning material that you can use.

Clean Your Phones

According to a 2017 study published in the infectious diseases journal, Germs, screens that are usually handheld such as phone screens are playing host to different viruses and bacteria including E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus. The more you use it without cleaning, the more you get susceptive to viruses and bacteria that are lingering on your phone.

To clean your phone follow these steps:

  • Remove your phone from its case and turn it off
  • Use a microfiber cloth to polish it
  • Use a disinfectant and wipe on-screen avoiding the ports
  • Air dry your phone up to 5 minutes
  • Wipe it down again
  • Repeat the steps 2-4 times with your phone case

Handwashing Warnings

Handwashing – with soap and water, is a powerful weapon against germs and viruses.  Unfortunately, not everyone follows the rule of proper handwashing and would just splash and dash. Posting handwashing signs may remind your employees to wash with water and soap for at least 20 seconds and thoroughly dry it to prevent germ spread.

You may also want to create a reminder for everyone to make sure to have alcohol or alcohol-based sanitizers for instances where you need to eat or touch your face but don’t have soap and water to use to clean your hands.

Practice Small Cleaning Tips

Practicing small cleaning tips could go a long way. Avoiding cleaning mistakes such as wiping in a circular motion or back and forth motion would not eliminate any germ but may further spread it instead.

In dusting, do not use a cotton cloth, whether it is dry or wet (soaked in water). Instead, use a microfiber cloth damped with disinfectant. It is eco-friendly and it could get rid of the virus better than cotton cloth.

During these trying times, it’s imperative to install cleaning innovations like hand sanitizers and disinfectant sprays on most of your entrances like your front door entrance and your bathroom entrance to ensure your employees use it regularly. If you have enough resources, it’s best to provide disinfectant wipes for your employees. This may encourage them to use it and create a habit among the office to clean their hands occasionally.

Hire Professional Cleaners

To ensure that your office space is disinfected entirely, hire a professional cleaner. Limiting surface contact could be a good practice but to keep things from getting infected, you need to get help from the cleaning experts.

These cleaning experts would not just clean the commonly touched surfaces but disinfect the whole area, even uncommonly seen but high-touch of high-foot-traffic-spaces.

Carpet Cleaning

Professional carpet cleaning services include carpet steaming which is relevant in the case of Coronavirus. With the high temperature from the steam, deadly viruses may not survive.

If your office has carpets, conduct steam cleaning on your carpets. This will help to effectively kill viruses from the carpets.

High Dusting

High dusting is cleaning areas that are not easily reachable and are too high to clean during routine cleaning. These include your air conditioning ducts, which are moist and the most probable habitat of germ and bacteria.

If you are using air conditioners during the outbreak, make sure that the ducts and air conditioner units are disinfected prior to use.

Window Cleaning

There’s so much to know about window cleaning than just simply wiping them and it’s best to work with a professional when it comes to window defrosting. This is to make sure that buildings are cleaner and virus free inside and outside.

Power Scrubbing

Some professional cleaners offer power-scrubbing services. This type of cleaning service makes sure that all areas are free of stains and contamination from chemicals, fluids, and other substances that could be a habitat for viruses and bacteria.

Power scrubbing is a thorough cleaning method that makes sure that the floor and other surfaces are clean and virus free. Having a clean surface is less likely to have viruses.

Floor Cleaning

The most frequent and immediately infected area in your office is your floor. Your employees’ shoes have probably been to a lot of places – which can be infected. With floor cleaning, you can make sure that the infection does not spread more.

With professional cleaning, or with just your regular cleaners, make sure that the floors are regularly and frequently cleaned with the right cleaning tools and products to tackle the virus.

To fight the virus, you need more than just to wash your hands, wear masks, and quarantine yourself. You need to make sure that your place – home and office is pathogen-free to avoid COVID-19’s further widespread. 

There are many simple practices that you can do regularly to keep the virus at bay and while you can certainly do these among your employees, you can hire professional cleaners to clean and disinfect your place efficiently. With the help of these cleaning experts, you are guaranteed that your office is thoroughly cleaned.