Covid-19 has hit many countries and cities hard and unprecedented times call for unprecedented action. As the coronavirus spreads across any city, more and more Facility Managers are looking to commercial disinfecting services to reduce the risk of transmission and offer employees a concrete sign of their commitment to their health and safety. Businesses are crucial to the state’s progress and are at the forefront of this crisis.
Despite the impact Covid-19 has on us all, how businesses deal with this pandemic will have a lasting impact on their reputations. Do not be caught off guard by a crisis. Commercial disinfecting services can reduce the risks and provide you with the assurance that your business is protecting the health of your employees.
Understanding Commercial Disinfecting
It is crucial to understand the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing when it comes to keeping your facility clean and safe. These terms are often confused or misunderstood.
- Cleaning: We would all like to believe we do. Surprisingly, cleaning is not about removing visible contaminants from a surface.
- Mechanical Cleaning: Mechanical cleaning uses physical actions like pushing, scraping, or scrubbing to remove dirt from surfaces or objects.
- Sanitization: Sanitizing is the act of reducing germs to a safe level. It is not the same thing as cleaning. Hand sanitizer is not magically clean. It can be used on dirty hands but it will still leave them feeling clean. Before a surface in your building can be sanitized, it must be cleaned. Sanitizers are substances that kill most bacteria within a very short time.
- Disinfection: Disinfecting is the act of killing almost 100 percent of germs that are on surfaces or objects. If used correctly, disinfectants can kill all organisms within 10 minutes according to a test approved by the EPA. This is where disinfectants’ efficiency is crucial. In a hospital setting, for example, or with the threat from the coronavirus now, it is more important to kill all germs, even if it takes longer than most germs.
- Sterilize: The autoclave is required to sterilize anything. It can also be used with something equivalent to ensure a 100% kill rate against viruses, microorganisms, and fungal spores. If you’ve ever used an autoclave, you will know that it isn’t practical for cleaning large buildings. It is therefore only used for medical and dental tools.
What does my facility need?
What cleaning products do you really need? Normal cleaning would include sanitizing, disinfection, and mechanical cleaning. To clean floors, for example, they would be mechanically scrubbed to remove dirt and leave them looking their best. The break rooms and office kitchens would be cleaned and disinfected. We are not in “business as usual” mode right now. A global pandemic is raging and has been particularly affected. We are all trying to find ways to decrease the risk of transmission while still keeping our world functioning.
It is strongly recommended that disinfection services be used throughout the facility. A disinfecting service requires EPA-certified solutions to destroy germs rather than simply reduce them.
Commercial disinfection can also utilize electric chemical atomizer fogging units that coat areas with a clear drying fine mist of an EPA-certified chemical known to be effective against other coronaviruses. This can offer blanket protection where you most need it. It is important that your janitorial service use the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved disinfection methods and EPA certified chemicals. The CDC currently recommends minimum disinfection areas as counters, tabletops; workstations; keyboards/mice and phones; bathrooms fixtures; toilets; as these are the most vulnerable areas.
Do you need some help? We have a plan
Do not leave your reputation and the safety of your employees to change. We at commercial cleaning services in Dallas can help you remove hazardous contaminants from any facility. We use CDC-approved disinfection methods and have many years of industry experience. We offer commercial disinfection, restroom cleaning, disinfection service, industrial cleaning, medical disinfection, and many more services. For customized disinfection and deep-cleaning plans for your facility, call us today.
Allied Facility Care is a complete facility care company. Allied specializes in janitorial, landscaping, and maintenance solutions.