It only takes one infection to send your workplace into a world of chaos. And it doesn’t help that it’s easy to brush your hand against a germ-infected surface, rub your eyes, and run the risk of getting Covid-19 or other viruses. So you’ll want to know what cleaning steps you can take towards sanitizing and disinfection. That way you’ll lower the risk of sickness and prevent your workplace from becoming a health hazard.
How Can Covid (Or Other Viruses) Affect Your Job?
The major thing is people will need to stay home so they don’t infect other people. But this multiplies the workload on all employees, leading to more stress and ironically, increasing the chances other people get sick as well. So for this reason alone, it’s important you take any and all steps needed to keep you, employees, and co-workers, in a hygienic work environment. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to go off who’s showing symptoms of illness. For example, some people with Covid are asymptomatic, meaning although they have the virus, they don’t show any symptoms. This seems okay until you realize they can still pass it on to other people. And in many cases, people get extremely sick from Covid.
So if you want to be truly safe, you can’t assume telling people to wash their hands or use sanitizer will be enough. Though important, it’s also crucial to go the extra mile to clean and sterilize your work environment on a daily basis. And for extra virus-prone surfaces, you may want to go further and do multiple cleaning passes per day on them.
Now let’s go through all the important steps needed to keep you and your workplace free from Covid and other viruses below.
What Needs To Be Cleaned?
You’re going to want to focus your sanitizing and disinfection shared spaces and high-traffic areas. The reason for this is covid is primarily transferred through people themselves, so when people are bunched together the chances of it spreading are greater. For example, if you have an office area, you should make sure to clean and disinfect that area at least once per day. The same rule applies to bathrooms, lunch areas, and other “people places” as well.
Are There “Danger” Areas You Should Be Cleaning?
Yes, and you’ll want to “up” the cleaning frequency for these high-touch surface areas. For example, shared computers could be a problem you’ll want to pay attention to, as keyboards can transfer things like Covid, too. But there are lots of small things to consider cleaning extra as well, including: doorknobs, stair rails, pens, handles, counters, desks, light switches, and plenty of other easy-to-miss things.
This all depends on your workplace, so keep an eye out for these risky objects and areas, because you’ll want to give them extra attention for sure.
How Do You Go About Cleaning?
Depending on the level of sanitizing and disinfection you’re doing, it may be smart to first pop on some rubber gloves, open the windows, and even throw some protective eye equipment on for good measure. This is because disinfectants that are effective against viruses like covid can be harsh on the human body. So it’s better to be safe than sorry in cleaning situations like this.
Now, when you choose your cleaner, make sure it’s for both cleaning and disinfecting. If your product only disinfects, first go over any surfaces with soap and water to clean it up, then go over it with disinfectant afterward. You’ll want to do this at least daily, and more for high-touch surfaces like those mentioned above.
How Can You Stay Safe When Cleaning?
Aside from proper ventilation and protective gear like gloves and eyewear, you’ll want to make sure you follow the directions on your disinfectant bottle. Some require watering down, so be aware of that. You’ll also want to make sure you don’t mix and match your disinfectants. That could lead to nasty fumes being created, which could be dangerous to inhale. And as a general rule, keep disinfectants out of reach of kids and animals, as mere skin exposure can be harmful. Basically, read and follow the directions of your cleaning products and you should be a-okay.
What If Somebody Has Or May Have Covid?
The most important thing here is to quarantine the area they work in. You’ll want to wait several hours before you approach the area for cleaning as well – a full workday should be long enough. When cleaning time does come, make sure windows are open, you’re wearing gloves and a mask, and you focus primarily on the workspace they occupy and items they interact with, like keyboards and other office supplies they rely on. And if the area is carpeted, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter for best results.
Keep Your Workplace Covid Free
When it comes to cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of your workplace, you should consider professional help from the team at Save the Day Restoration. Our dedicated and fully licensed crew will take care of the entire cleaning process so you can go to work with zero health threats looming over you.