The Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time to sit back and take stock of the blessings of family, friends, food, and a free country. We have much to be thankful for! (And here in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, we can add to that list that we’re thankful we aren’t shoveling snow like our northern neighbors.)
We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating this season with loved ones. As you well know, Sonlight Cleaning Services is passionate about keeping businesses, churches, educational facilities, medical facilities, and office buildings clean. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we also honed in on our top-of-the-line disinfecting methods to ensure that your doors could remain open as much as possible. We’ve learned a lot these past few years and we wanted to share with you a few tips for how to keep your holiday celebrations safe this season:
- Disinfect, don’t settle for sanitizing – As you’re preparing the poultry, keep in mind that food-borne illnesses don’t take the day off for Thanksgiving. You’ve heard us say it before and we’ll keep saying it — there’s a big difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. Sanitizing only lowers the number of germs on a surface. Disinfecting kills germs. Don’t risk sending your guests home with salmonella; make sure to follow all steps to disinfect countertops thoroughly. Clean first, apply chemical disinfectant, read the product label to understand proper dwell time.
- Mop up spills right away – You’ve heard us say before that high-traffic facilities benefit from our day porter service. A day porter ensures messes are cleaned up in a timely manner and not left until end of day. Designate a “day porter” for your family gathering to ensure that spills especially are cleaned up quickly. The last thing you want is for a loved one to slip and fall!
- Use indoor and outdoor mats to minimize messes – This goes back to the last tip, but the best way to prevent an avoidable fall is by keeping floors clean. You probably already have a mat by your entry door. Before guests begin arriving, add a second or even third mat to your usual lineup. Each additional mat offers another barrier against bringing the outdoors in.
- Help everyone with handwashing – I was at a party recently where the guest bathroom did not have any hand towels! Don’t accidentally send the wrong message to your guests; ensure that bathrooms are well-stocked with all the essentials for encouraging great hand hygiene. Refill soap dispensers and have a restock on standby. Consider adding a roll of paper towels or stack of decorative paper towels next to the sink (some people prefer not to use a communal hand towel). Even pop over to your favorite home decor store for a cute “wash your hands” sign for above the sink. The number one thing you can do to help everyone go home without catching a cold (or worse) is by encouraging good handwashing habits.
At Sonlight Cleaning Services, we are thankful for all of our clients. From long-term to brand-new, we’re thankful for you!