Sanitizing And Disinfecting A 3 Step Process For Better Piece Of Mind
The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/) recommends cleaning each high tough space first with soap and water and then to use the sanitizer/disinfectant. Most labels on these cleaners have different instructions to follow. Its extremely important to read and review what those are before use. Below is a link to the product we use and example instructions. No point in spraying a sanitizer/disinfectant only to wipe it dry in 15 seconds if that won’t actually kill any viruses etc.
A great way to clean high touch areas except for electronic devices would be to use microfiber towels. They are super absorbent, antimicrobial, and can be color coordinated to clean bathrooms, kitchens, desks, and doors knobs, and etc.
General hand soap can be placed in a medium sized bowl and then mixed with warm water. By doing this the soap with have time to dilute in the water and thus making it easier to apply evenly to surfaces when applied using the microfiber towels. Simply take a corner of the microfiber towel and dip it in the soapy water mixture. Fold the towel keeping on side wet to clean with and the other side dry to dry the area afterwards.
Once the surfaces you wanted to clean are dry then go around and either spray or wipe with sanitizer/disinfectant and follow the labels instructions for use. Most likely, you will need to let the spray or wiped area dry at least 3-5 minutes . Leaving the space dry for that length of time might leave a streak. If it does you can go back and with a clean microfiber cloth you can buff out the streaking.
This is an effective three step process to clean the high touch spaces in your commercial building etc. Its important to review the CDC recommendations and to follow the instructions for use on any cleaner you use (file:///C:/Users/JP/Downloads/1726-2_TruShot-Disinfectant.pdf) We use the SC Johnson Hospital Grade Disinfectant. However, it is my belief that if these three steps are followed routinely spaces that may be of concern for employees, tenants, and customers etc. will help put their minds at ease. Its important to display the steps that are being taken to prevent viruses, etc. in a visible area. High traffic areas are great places to leave best practice notices.
COVID-19 Manchester, New Hampshire – Building, Office, HOA, Restaurants, Bars, Churchs, Museums, Etc.
May 4th for many businesses can’t come soon enough for many New Hampshire Businesses. I know first hand the impact that COVID-19 has had. Currently we are down 40% and because of the drastic decrease in revenue we have had to reduce hours and let employees go. We have applied and are awaiting assistance from the SBA with hopes to cover employee wages, help on paying bills, and get us prepared to start back up once the stay-at-home order comes to an end.
With so much uncertainty one thing is certain and that is the need to keep businesses clean and sanitary now and moving forward. As consumers, and employees start to go back and revisit businesses and work environments that close making sure to have a clear and concise cleaning plan in place is necessary to ease the minds of everyone. Weather your businesses uses a cleaning company or not the need to have a visible plan for consumers and employee. Concept plan 1:
- List out the type(s) of cleaning products used
- List out where they are kept
- List out how often they are used to include where they are used. Meaning are disinfectants being applied to light switches, doorknobs, glass, etc.
- Provide a point of contact for consumers and employees to reach out to with questions about the above
- Post as many best practice signs as possible in all restrooms, breakrooms, entryways, high traffic locations that you can. The posting should be informative and continue to explain best practices the CDC laid out
- Stock up on disinfectants when they are available to avoid running out and prevent the bleach/water mixture (Bleach can irritate skin, cause rashes etc. disinfectant sprays are easier on skin and don’t stain walls etc. like bleach can
For more information review the CDC guidelines and consult your local infectious disease department.
Office Cleaning – Can you clean on your own? Should you hire a professional company?
Not every business needs a cleaning company. With the proper plan in place a small office or office with less than 5 employees should be able to maintain the offices cleaning needs.
First decide what day of the week certain things need to be done. Here is an example:
- Monday vacuum and mop the office floors as needed. Heavily trafficked spaces such as bathrooms, entrances, and break areas will need a more thorough cleaning. Areas that get used less frequently can be spot checked for paper, cobwebs, and floor smudges.
- Wednesday and Fridays clean the office restroom(s) and restock as needed.
- Tuesday and Thursday clean the break room and glass if any or as needed. This would be entry way glass or interior glass such as door and wall partitions.
- Fridays remove trash and order more supplies if needed.
Again, these are examples, but after each day put someone in charge of that days cleaning. Five days in a week with an office that has five employees means each day another person gets a turn to clean. After everyone gets a turn rotate the days. If someone cleans on Monday move them to Tuesday, the following week or month and so on. If the office has less employees, you would either clean less frequently or divide the cleaning duties with the corresponding employees.
Cleaning companies may charge anywhere from $15 hr. to more than $50 hr. A small office can save money not having to pay a professional to clean the space. Just remember communication is key with regards to having everyone understand that day(s) they clean, what is expected for the cleaning, and understanding that this helps the office not have to spend money in this area. (Money that could be used for other areas)
If the above doesn’t look appealing to you and your office than a professional should be used. Remember that proper sanitation in NH can help prevent the spread of germs. Also, a clean office can help boost morale.
The common areas of an apartment or commercial space see a lot of wear and tear. While some routine cleaning can and should be done by the building’s management, there are certain things that are best left to a professional cleaning company. Learn where you need to hire a professional cleaning company and why it can actually save money in the long run.
Floors and Walls:
In an office building or apartment, each tenant is responsible for their own space. Before visitors like potential clients can get to the tenant’s space, however, they likely have to walk through a common area. With plenty of foot traffic, these common areas are prone to scuffing, staining, and overall deterioration. If common areas are not cleaned regularly, then they are a visual signal to visitors and prospective tenants that the place is not worth their time. Keeping the floors and walls clean is an investment in the attractiveness and thus the overall value of the building. Not only that, but a regular deep clean of carpets is important to remove dirt and bacteria that can pose a threat to health.
Modern Cleaning Products and Techniques:
Cleaning products today for floors and walls can be highly specialized, but that often means that those who use them need to know what they’re doing. Instead of letting building staff experiment on valuable fixtures and wall covers, or use products that aren’t up to the task, it’s often cheaper and wiser to hire a cleaning company with trained individuals who know how to match the right tool to every task. This will produce longer-lasting results, sooner.
Rather than leave a building’s upkeep to in-house staff, or rely solely on an outside cleaning company, many managers and superintendents go with both on a carefully developed schedule. In-house workers can manage the daily tasks like sweeping and tidying up. A professional cleaning company will usually work out a service contract for regular monthly, quarterly, or even annual tackling of heavy-duty jobs. They can also clean tough areas like bathrooms, break rooms, and office kitchens.
Titan Cleaning Services is your trusted professional cleaning company for any and all important tasks. From commercial cleaning services and office cleaning to pressure washing of exteriors, there’s no job too big. Our family-owned and operated business helps ensure everything in your space is clean and fresh, so you can focus on what matters. Contact us online or call 603-785-6741 for a free estimate today.
Winter in New Hampshire means non stop salt and sand for your office. Here are a few ideas to help increase the life of your office’s carpets and hardwood flooring.
1. Vacuum often
This means every other day or weekly depending on the amount of foot traffic you have in your work space. Why so often? Do you see what salt and sand mixtures can do to pavement and concrete? If left alone salt and sand will start to deteriorate carpet faster than normal becasue carpet fibers wern’t meant to withstand excessive amounts of calcium or potassium chloride (ice melt). The fibers in most carpets aren’t meant to withstand heavily walked on spaces that have added calcium chloride to the mix (ice melt). Vacuuming up excess salt and sand will prevent the fibers in your offices carpet from wearing down. The cost to remove and replace carpeting because it turns unsightly can be more than the labor needed to vacuum those areas.
Hard wood flooring wasn’t meant to have calcium chloride left on it either. Again, think about what ice melt does to pavement and concrete by means of deteriorating it. The finish on your office’s hardwood flooring isn’t immune to ice melt and it will start to loose the finish faster. That means eventually needing to sand and refinish the floors sooner. That can be costly and inconvientant to your office staff. Espessially if furniture needs to be moved.
2. Mop often
After the floors get vacuumed it is important to mop the space with a synthetic floor cleaner (neutrilizer). This will rinse the floor and clear up the ice melt residue better than water and soap. Also, synthetic floor cleaner is safe for all floor types and doesn leave a chemical fill. Mopping every other day or weekly will help your office’s hardwood flooring retain its finish longer.