Covid-Safe Office Cleaning
With more and more people returning to work, it’s important to keep office facilities as Covid-safe as possible.
From sanitisation tips, cleaning, and handwashing – and maybe some tips you hadn’t thought of before – read on to find out how you can keep your premises Covid-safe!
Perhaps the most important step of cleaning happens, ironically enough, before the actual process itself begins. Before beginning the cleaning process – whether it is done by yourself, or a professional team – you should have a working plan in place. It’s generally best to keep to an adequate level of detail in order to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything important.
You should make a list of any cleaning supplies you might need, including the basics like bin bags or sponges – it’s surprisingly easy to forget the basics, sometimes. You should also ensure you are wearing adequate PPE, including shoe covers so that you can prevent the spread of germs as you clean. Devise a list of commonly touched areas and make them a priority!
The Right Stuff
Make sure you use the right stuff for cleaning. As per government guidelines, areas where a symptomatic individual has passed through for a brief amount of time should be thoroughly cleaned with the standard supplies, as usual. However, you should always use disposable cloths (or preferably just tissue rolls), and disposable mop heads, too.
You must use a detergent-disinfectant solution if cleaning after a symptomatic individual has left behind bodily fluids of any type. If in doubt, or you are confused about the various specific solutions for use, you can always call upon professional facilities management groups like SMC Premier Group. With over 35 years’ experience, including in cleaning offices, they can provide bespoke services to ensure a Covid-safe office environment. Furthermore, they can also supply you and your employees with adequate PPE. Whatever you choose, ensure you make the right call and keep your premises safe!
Prevention is Key
Cleaning more often than usual is, of course, something that is necessary. However, relying on constant cleaning is not as effective as reducing how often people touch certain things in the first place. High-traffic areas such as corridors and handles on doors and rails are fairly common vectors for the spread of Covid-19. As well as keeping these high-traffic areas as free of congestion as possible, it’s also important to limit the movement of people around the workplace as much as is feasible.
This can involve placing down social distancing markers and reducing the need for people to touch things with their hands. For example, you could install foot plates on doors to allow them to be opened with a person’s feet and propping open doors that cannot have such systems installed (unless they need to be kept shut at all times, like fire doors).
From preparing yourself, to making sure you have the right tools, following these practices will help ensure a healthy and safe working environment, and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.