States across the country are in varying phases of reopening, allowing business owners to bring employees back to the office it works for their business. While state and federal health officials provide guidelines for reopening, ultimately, it’s up to business owners to decide how and when they will begin welcoming back employees and customers.
By now, we all know the importance of implementing new office layouts to promote social distancing as well as maintaining a clean and sanitized office environment. This is an important task because recent studies show the coronavirus can live on various surfaces for hours or days!
Health experts recommend regular cleaning and disinfecting to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses in your office. Here are the tasks you’ll want to tackle daily and weekly to combat the spread of viruses and germs.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Common Areas
Every office is different and presents a unique set of challenges when creating an office cleaning checklist. Common areas are high-traffic zones where most people who come into your business spend at least a short amount of time. This can include conference rooms, breakrooms, hallways, stairways, a copier alcove, or a reception area.
Doorknobs, handrails, chairs, coffee makers, and copiers are all places where viruses can live and easily spread from person to person. If someone in your office becomes sick and tests positive for COVID-19, it may be difficult to pinpoint when they were last in these common areas, and who may have come along and touched a contaminated surface after them.
To prevent the spread of illness, high-traffic common areas should be wiped down daily with disinfecting wipes that are compatible with the specific type of surface. Wipe down commonly touched surfaces and allow to air dry, according to product directions. Usually, the drying step requires several minutes. Don’t skip this important step by using a paper towel to dry the freshly cleaned surface. This will cut down on the effectiveness of the disinfectant.
Problems With Public Restrooms
Restrooms are the common areas of common areas. Not only will everyone in your office visit the restroom several times each workday, but bathroom toilets can become superspreaders for germs and viruses.
Studies show that when toilets are flushed, tiny particles of contaminated toilet water shoot into the air and can hang there long enough to be inhaled. The potentially harmful water spray also shoots several feet in every direction, contaminating every surface where it lands.
Consider installing lids on all bathroom toilets. This can help contain the plume — if users remember to close the lid before flushing. You should also make sure that restroom exhaust fans are working properly to remove contaminated air.
Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms should be a daily task to tackle all that toilet spray contaminating everything in its path. As part of your daily office cleaning checklist, use cleaners or wipes to disinfect surfaces, including toilets, handles, faucets, sinks, counters, and doorknobs.
As a commercial cleaning company, Enviro-Master Services can make your life easier with our weekly Restroom & Hygiene Service. Our trained technicians clean away any odor-causing bacteria and the coat fixtures with a germicidal barrier. The final step uses our Virus Vaporizer™ electrostatic spraying service, which provides week-long germ-killing protection. Between weekly cleanings, you simply need to wipe down fixtures with a damp rag to keep restrooms clean and tidy.
Offices and Cubicles are Not Immune
Just because employees have their own space doesn’t mean that desks and offices can’t become breeding grounds for germs and illnesses. The typical office desk is home to more than 10 million bacteria.
Of course, most bacteria are harmless, but some can be a threat to your employees. Dangerous bacteria can contaminate cellphones, coffee mugs, paper tablets, purses, and anything else an employee may carry to other areas of your business.
Your office cleaning checklist should encourage employees to throw away papers and fast-food containers they no longer need. They should also wipe down desks, phones, computer keyboards, etc., with disinfecting wipes. Our weekly Virus Vaporizer Service also can be used outside of restrooms to kill 47 different disease-causing pathogens — including the coronavirus.
Let the Experts Take it From Here
If you are a business owner or office manager, we understand that you feel responsible for the employees and clients who come into your business every day. While you’re creating a thorough office cleaning checklist and trying to lead by example, another step you can take is to partner with a commercial cleaning service that focuses on office disinfection services. Contact your local Enviro-Master technician today to learn more about the services we offer to keep your employees safe and protect your business.
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