Maintaining a clean and sanitized facility is crucial in the face of a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cleaning and disinfecting will help in limiting the survival of the virus on surfaces and airborne.
While cleaning means removing germs to reduce the risk of spreading infection, disinfecting is focused on using specific disinfectants to kill germs from surfaces and prevent them from multiplying. There is a big difference between sanitizing and disinfecting.
Ready to sanitize and disinfect your facility? Here are some tips to start.
Start with frequently touched surfaces
According to experts, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, tables, light switches, and desks is a priority than any other areas in the facility. It is also important to note that before using an antiviral cleaning agent, you should conduct a thorough pre-cleaning on any hard surfaces first.
Use EPA-registered antimicrobial disinfectant
For disinfection, using an EPA-registered and N-list approved commercial disinfectant like Dr Joe’s Pro BioVex/Oxine Disinfectant is an effective approach. Disinfectants rapidly kill contaminants within seconds to minutes on any surface that simple cleaning cannot do. It is also vital to always read and follow the directions on the product label to ensure safe and effective use. There are many sanitizers and disinfectants that are dangerous, including Quaternary Ammonia’s (Quats), bleach, alcohol, and others. Over time, they can damage valuables and cause skin, eye, and airway irritation.
Practice preventive measures
Although consistent routine cleaning in facilities is an important practice this year, adherence to hygiene will also help in maintaining a sanitized facility. Remember to wash hands frequently, before and after cleaning, eating, and using communal areas. Always sanitize your gadgets and work area. Equipped with the right cleaning and disinfecting products, you now can start plotting a cleaning schedule that will meet your facilities goals.