Workplace infection is a big threat to people going in and out of any facility, both those who visit and those who work there. Cleanliness is very crucial to reduce the spread of diseases and prevent people from acquiring new infections, such as the COVID-19 virus.

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Below are some simple yet essential tips in cleaning a workplace facility to secure the safety of both employees and customers/visitors.

Start from the cleanest areas

The most common mistake in cleaning and disinfecting is starting at the dirtiest areas first before cleaning the other locations. This cleaning pattern will likely increase the chance of spreading pathogens and other microorganisms throughout the rest of the facility. To correct this mistake, start in areas less traveled or occupied first.  Then, finish focused on the frequently touched areas, high traffic, and dirty surfaces & areas.

Don’t forget to disinfect, it is what kills the germs/bacteria/viruses

Cleaning alone will not protect against harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses. Instead, always disinfect using an effective antimicrobial disinfectant like Dr. Joe’s Pro BioVex/Oxine Disinfectant. In choosing a proper disinfectant, make sure to look at the safety profile and the effectiveness of the product to prevent damages on the surfaces upon application. In addition, make sure it is EPA approved and on the N-list for COVID-19. Using a disinfectant is an effective approach in killing germs and preventing them to thrive longer, especially on high-touch and high traffic areas.

Use proper personal protective equipment

Even if your disinfectant does not require PPE, in doing a thorough cleaning and disinfecting, it is important to protect yourself from acquiring any infections or viruses. Make sure to wear proper PPE such as protective eyewear, face mask, and latex gloves. In between the cleaning process, make sure to change gloves as well to prevent cross-contamination. Most importantly, wash your hands before and after cleaning the facility.

Most effective practice of disinfecting

There are several practices that work, but the most effective is nightly thorough cleaning with foggers or electrostatic sprayers, along with hitting high traffic and high touchpoints throughout the day.