As companies transition from remote work to reopening their offices, the focus is on how to manage and address everyone’s cleanliness concerns. Understandably so. The spread of COVID-19 is significantly caused by poor handling of sanitation requirements.
Everyone’s thinking about it. Your clients are thinking about it. Your employees are thinking it: What are you doing to safeguard their safety and well-being in the workplace as far as cleanliness is concerned?
Whether the solution is professional disinfection, maintenance cleaning, or an improved policy on office sanitation practices, it all comes down to the right equipment and a solid plan.
This checklist will help you obtain the right service and the tools you need to maintain clean and safe spaces:
Hire Specialist Help
Nothing is quite as comforting as a sight of experts in Hazmat-looking suits spraying down your floors and counters. If you want a cleaning solution that’s more direct and fail-proof, preventative sanitation services are guaranteed to keep your surfaces clean and protected for 30 days.
Cleaning technicians will use special sanitizing solutions with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties to eliminate risks. You can resume operations with complete peace of mind, so will your employees.
Create a Safety Plan
If you’d rather do things on your down, the very first step is making sure you have the right cleaning tools.
- Microfiber towels or paper towels
- Trash bags
- Nitrile gloves
- Eco-friendly cleaning spray
- Disinfecting wipes, spray, or a bleach solution
The next step is developing a cleaning routine. A large part of this is examining common areas and office hotspots where viruses and bacteria are easily transmitted.
- Maximize space usage so that contact with the same areas is minimized
- Take note of the high-touch areas/surfaces: countertops, doorknobs, chairbacks, tables and desks, cabinet handles, light switches, etc.
- Other high-touch surfaces include elevator buttons, phones, mice/keyboards, desk accessories, kitchen service items, etc.
Knowing the tools you need and identifying the critical areas in the workplace give you a better picture of what your cleanliness and safety plan should look like.
Make sure to follow a regular cleaning schedule. No single schedule fits all, but cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas and sanitizing surfaces daily is an excellent place to start.
Mind the Dust
Make dusting a habit. We tend to focus only on areas our hands come in contact with, but dust is an effective vehicle for airborne diseases. Dusting not only limits the spread of the virus, but it also improves indoor air quality, creating a healthier environment for employees and clients with asthma and dust allergies.
Increase Office Cleaning Frequency and Intensity when Needed
There are instances where you might have to increase or intensify your cleaning and disinfection routine. These include:
- At the beginning of the school year, when there’s a rise in common colds
- When there’s a local outbreak of transmissible illnesses and diseases
- During office events that have a large attending: board meetings, holiday parties, etc.
- When an employee gets sick from something they contracted in the office
Coming up with a plan is a significant first step in promoting and maintaining a cleaner workplace. Once you’ve developed a plan, the next step is to sustain a culture of cooperation and enthusiasm within the office. Make cleaning a part of your overall wellness initiative, and get all the help you need if necessary.