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Workplace Cleaning Best Practices

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With the health of employees & visitors in mind, it’s important to keep the workplace clean. Here are some best practices to accomplish this task

 

Increase the frequency of cleaning

 

It’s essential to keep your workplace clean and tidy. According to the WHO, COVID-19 can linger for more than 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel surfaces, less than 4 hours on copper and around 2 hours on hardwood.

 

Pay attention to contact points

 

To avoid any risk of contamination, regular disinfection of all your contact points is particularly important:

  • Door handles, sliding doors, stair railings

  • Switches, telephones, electronic devices

  • Lift and exit buttons

  • Push buttons and toilet flushes

  • Dispenser touch screens

  • Water fountain buttons

 

Don’t forget the floors!

Floors need to be cleaned regularly and rinsed with water and a disposable cloth. They also need sufficient drying time before they are walked on again.

 

Choose the right maintenance products, machines and cleaning accessories

 

Check your detergents

 

Alcohol-based detergents are highly effective when it comes to combating viruses. Make sure these products contain a minimum of 70% alcohol or bleach

Finally, consider what products and surfaces are best for each kind of workspace, especially for:

  • Plastic floors

  • Carpets

  • Parquet floors

  • Tiles

  • Desks

  • Toilets

  • The kitchen and catering area

Stick to a color code

Find a system you can use to differentiate between surface types and provide cleaning materials that are suitable for each surface.

 

Opt for wet cleaning

 

To avoid becoming infected, use wet cleaning. This method prevents microorganisms on surfaces from being suspended in the air for all to breathe.

 

Take simple steps to reduce your potential for dust generation. Examples of this include avoiding the use of dusting cloths and opting for moisture-embedded wipes, steam cleaners, single-disc scrubbers, hot water generators or wet & dry vacuum cleaners.

 

On-site infection- If the premises become infected, we would advise that you contact a professional team to resolve the problem.

When a case of infection is detected in your office, you need to air out the room before cleaning–in order to help properly disinfect it following a professional cleaning service.