Never before has kept everything clean in our environment been such a high priority. Our way of life has been changed in many ways by the global COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, this new emphasis on health and safety is a necessary adjustment in this new normal.
Here are some simple ways yet low-cost measures that you can do to help the spread of COVID-19 in your workplaces.
Clean and disinfect
The first thing you’ll want to do is to get the help of professional cleaners like JAN-PRO or asking your team members to clean and sanitize the common areas. Here’s what to do with severely affected surfaces. We are talking about places like tables, doorknobs, light switches, counters, telephones, keyboards, bathrooms, faucets, etc. You can then work on disinfection.
It is recommended that you use a registered disinfectant and follow the manufacturer’s directions on the label. For most of these products, you need to keep the surface moist for a while, wear protective gloves, and ensure there is proper ventilation while using the disinfectant.
Bleach can also be a practical option. But before proceeding with the bleach, be sure to check the label to confirm that it is intended to be disinfected and that it has not passed its expiration date. When used correctly, bleach is effective against coronaviruses. These solutions should be left on the surface for at least one minute.
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For soft surfaces
Different types of surfaces require different cleaning and disinfection methods. Here are some ways to treat your soft surfaces (carpets, rugs, curtains, etc.). Begin by cleaning the surface with soap and water or other cleaners intended for the surface in question. Then you should wash the clothes if possible. Do this according to the manufacturer’s instructions while using the proper hottest water setting. Then dry the clothes completely. Another option is to disinfect these soft surfaces with an EPA-registered household disinfectant that meets EPA criteria for use against COVID-19.
Advice for electronics
The best way to get rid of the virus is to wash our hands frequently. But we also need to clean and sanitize office computers and other electronics that we often use and hold most often. One thing you can do for your phone, tablet, and other devices is put on a cleanable case. Otherwise, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting these items. If you don’t have any directions from the manufacturer, you should use alcohol-based wipes or sprays that contain 70 percent or more alcohol.
When someone gets sick
If so, you may want to hire a professional and make sure everything is as clean as possible. Or if you want to do the work yourself, there are a few things you’ll want to make sure of.
All areas used by the sick person should be closed as much as possible.
Increase air circulation in this area by opening doors and windows. Wait at least 24 hours for cleaning and disinfection if you can.
Now you can clean and disinfect any area that person has been in. Make sure you hit everything you can. After a week, you can resume your standard cleaning and sanitizing routines.
Prevention is better than cure. Take time to follow the advice from your health organizations in fighting the spread of the virus. Simple precautions and advance planning can lead us to a healthy workplace and environment. Now, let’s do our part by putting all these into action.