Best Practices for Coronavirus Cleanup
- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On March 30, 2020
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Most of the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex is under “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders. This is in keeping with much of the state, which now finds itself in what feels somewhat like a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film. Downtown streets that would typically be bustling on a Monday morning look relatively abandoned. Residential streets are filled with the vehicles of employees who are working from home. School and daycare center parking lots are empty.
Meanwhile, those the state considers “essential personnel” are busier than ever. Hospital workers are pulling extra shifts. Many companies, forced to lay off contractors and part-time staff, are putting the additional strain on the employees that remain. Cleaning companies are sweeping through schools, offices, and industrial buildings throughout the city to perform the most thorough disinfecting process most buildings have ever seen. In fact, workers at one distributing company in New York are on strike this morning until management agrees to have the whole facility disinfected after one worker tested positive for COVID-19.
There’s a lot of fear circulating. But much of our fear can be kept at bay with a bit of understanding. In the cleaning industry, and especially at Sonlight Cleaning Services, we’re combating fear with sound information about the best practices for protecting your facilities from COVID-19. Here are just a few of those best practices in the industry:
- Disinfecting chemicals should be approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the particular strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
- Focus on disinfecting all high-touch surfaces like bathrooms and door handles. The most thorough and efficient way to do this is through electrostatic technology, which distributes disinfectant with 360-degree coverage.
- Cleaning staff must use personal protective equipment (PPE) and be thoroughly trained in proper disinfecting procedure — at Sonlight Cleaning, this has always been our standard, world-wide pandemic or no.
- Surfaces must remain damp until the proper dwell time has elapsed, per the guidelines on the disinfectant being used. Without this dwell time, disinfectant will not reach its full effectiveness.
- If an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, wait 24 hours before beginning disinfecting procedures, preferably with extra ventilation provided to the area during that time.
- Disinfect in a clean-to-dirty order. This includes removing trash and vacuuming or wiping away visibly soiled areas before beginning the disinfecting process. High traffic areas and high-touch points should be disinfected last.
People who three weeks ago were still making jokes about washing their hands are now acutely aware of anything they touch… because it suddenly matters more than it ever has in our lifetime. As you make plans for disinfecting your facility, you can count on Sonlight Cleaning Services to take care of you.