On Tuesday, March 2nd, Governor Abbot removed restrictions on Texas businesses, thereby allowing 100% occupancy in every building in the state. Regardless of how you personally feel about mask restrictions being simultaneously lifted, it is time for facilities managers everywhere to take stock of what this new ruling means for you.
As soon as Wednesday, March 10th (when capacity restrictions and mask mandates are lifted) you need to be prepared for higher traffic in your facilities. Whether or not this mandate directly impacts your place of business, you will likely notice that increase. For example, if you manage a medical facility, you may notice more people comfortable making appointments for well-checks as their sense of normalcy returns. If you manage a financial institution, you may realize that people eager for face-to-face interaction (namely, older people who have now received their vaccines) will more often choose in-person banking rather than online banking.
The people may be returning to normal, but the need for disinfecting has just increased.
Just like the CDC suggests a multi-layered approach for more effective masks, Sonlight Cleaning Services suggests a multi-layered approach for more effective COVID-19 cleaning protocols. That is, the most effective approach to keeping your facilities clean is to utilize several methods for doing so. As some might say, attack the problem from various fronts.
- Clean, clean, clean. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, it is essential to clean before beginning disinfecting procedures. Without a thorough cleaning first, germs and bacteria can “hide” under dust and dirt particles, meaning that they are shielded from the chemical disinfectant, rendering it useless. As your facility capacity increases, you may need to shift from a once-a-day janitorial service to a day porter service.
- Disinfect throughout the day. I recently took my son on an outing. I was honestly shocked by the number of people who were also there. But I was quite comforted when I noticed a day porter walking around the facilities and disinfecting benches as people got up from them.
- Use electrostatic disinfecting after hours. Dwell time is the amount of time a chemical disinfectant needs to “dwell” on a surface (damp) in order to kill the number of germs it is proven to kill. Daytime disinfecting, though absolutely helpful for sanitizing (remember: sanitizing means lowering the number of germs on a surface) is not enough. Electrostatic disinfecting after hours is a step that ensures surfaces have a 360-degree cleaning at least once a day.
As traffic increases in your facilities, call Sonlight Cleaning Services, your partner in creating a multi-faceted germ-killing plan!