Stay clean, stay safe.
It's no surprise that 2020 has changed a lot of minds about keeping things clean. Generations from now, our great-grandchildren will hear stories about the Clorox and hand sanitizer shortages of 2020. Jokes aside, the importance of keeping a sanitary environment during a global pandemic can't be overstated, and that's had an impact on the world of professional cleaning.
Adapting to the demands posed by COVID has required a lot of companies and workplaces to rethink their sanitary practices. While abolishing the "5-second rule" is a good start (and probably long overdue), there's a lot more work that goes into keeping professional environments clean than normal. We thought it would be helpful to go over some of the cleaning practices that have become common in the workplace.
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Normal Best Practices
The first half of 2020 was subject to a massive torrent of occasionally conflicting information about COVID transmission. Since then, a general consensus seems to have emerged about what some of the best practices are for keeping places sanitary.
The CDC encourages people to practice social distancing in public and limit their social exposure to people from other households whenever possible. Additionally, it recommends frequently washing your hands and wearing a mask graded for respiratory droplets whenever in public.
Several disinfectants have been approved by the EPA for sanitizing surfaces. When these are not available, alternatives can be used, such as soap and hot water, along with water that has been mixed with bleach at a rate of 2.5 fluid ounces per gallon. Soap and hot water have been recognized to effectively "kill" COVID-19, denaturing it by eliminating the viruses' outer layers.
Areas like re-opened offices and colleges have been turning to professional cleaning services, which usually give a degree of sanitization that's challenging to DIY. Professional cleaners almost always use EPA-certified and hospital-grade disinfectants to wipe down surfaces, prioritizing ones that have a high volume of human contact. Professional cleaning isn't just about making sure that an environment looks nice, it's about minimizing the risk of transmission to the highest degree possible.
Professional Deep Cleaning
Cleaning of this intensity is typically done if a location has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if it's an indoor location with a highly vulnerable population. Due to the sensitive nature of this cleaning, professional teams will usually deploy in full protective gear and wet down EVERY contact surface with hospital-grade disinfectants. Additionally, most severe deep cleaning services will use chemical foggers to further disinfect the area and completely remove the possibility that COVID could be transmitted through lingering particulates in the area.