With many states reopening, business owners are faced with the monumental task keeping their staff and customers safe. This entails taking the right steps to thoroughly clean and disinfect your workplace, which greatly reduces the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
With so much information circulating, it can be difficult to make the best decisions for your business. Here are a few proven methods you can utilize to ensure your reopening doesn’t come at the expense of your workers.
Places of business have numerous high-touch surfaces, including computer equipment, light switches, doorknobs, breakroom counters, and many other areas. When cleaning, your focus should be on these areas, as those are the most likely places where germs will be transmitted. And the more often these areas are contacted, the more often you should be cleaning them. While wearing gloves, wipe down these areas with soap and water. This won’t kill all germs on surfaces throughout your workplace, but it can make for a more efficient disinfecting process, which comes next.
Make sure you’re using the proper disinfectant to ensure germs are eliminated. You can read the label to determine whether the product is effective against coronavirus. In general, products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency can kill COVID-19 and many other viruses. When using these products, make sure the area is well-ventilated and that your skin and eyes are properly protected. Also, consult the label to ensure you’re not mixing chemicals that pose a safety risk.
Any areas contacted by the worker should be blocked off from others. During this time, staff should be sent home until it’s safe to reenter the business. It’s best to wait at least 24 hours if possible before cleaning contaminated areas. During this time, open windows to increase air circulation in the area.
After 24 hours has passed, take the same cleaning and disinfecting steps as listed above. Clean all areas contacted by the person, including breakrooms and bathrooms. After these areas have been properly disinfected, it will be safe for others to enter the space. However, other employees who came into contact with the ill worker should be quarantined for at least 14 days before returning to work.
Under ideal circumstances, having your business professionally makes for a more pleasant, efficient process. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, professional service ensures a safe and secure workplace for all. Since 1951, Maintenance Service Systems, Inc. has assisted business owners throughout New Mexico maintain clean and sanitary workplaces. We’re well-versed in the right tools and practices to efficiently and effectively clean high-touch surfaces.
With our assistance, you can enter into reopening with the knowledge that your health and safety is in good hands. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services online or call 505-219-26855 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable representative about your needs.