With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cleaning and disinfection have become increasingly more important. Maintaining a clean space is important not only for yourself, but to protect other people from COVID-19.
In the workplace, there are often larger amounts of people present, including employees, customers, and visitors. They occupy the same enclosed areas and come into contact with the same objects and surfaces. This makes businesses a setting where it can be easy for people to get sick.
To better protect those individuals who go to commercial properties, business owners can hire disinfection services to work on their property. Some people might feel hesitant about hiring outside professionals to do cleaning, though. After all, many businesses already have janitorial staff who conduct regular cleaning. But commercial disinfection services are more thorough than that and are a great idea if there has been a suspected or confirmed coronavirus case in the building.
Continue reading to learn more about coronavirus and how commercial and office cleaning and disinfection services protect businesses from COVID-19.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. It is a bio-aerosol, meaning the virus spreads through the air. Sneezing, coughing, talking, and even breathing can spread the virus and get others infected. This is why face masks have been commonplace during the pandemic.
Generally, the virus can travel six feet and last 15 minutes in the air. But COVID-19 can last longer on porous and non-porous hard surfaces, lasting for as short as a couple minutes to as long as a few hours.
How Can COVID-19’s Spread Be Prevented?
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and reduce the potential for infection is to wash your hands regularly. The proper way to wash one’s hands is to use warm, soapy water, washing for at least 20 seconds. The amount of time you spend washing your hands is important, because the soap may otherwise be ineffective against the virus and other germs present on your hands.
Additionally, the recommendation for employees is to wash their hands every two hours.
In the event people are unable to wash their hands, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is an acceptable substitute. However, actual hand washing is still the preference.
Another important action to take in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to frequently sanitize high-contact surfaces.
Here are some examples of surfaces you should sanitize often:
- Doorknobs and handles
- Touch screens
- Light switches
These surfaces can be sanitized using various products, but some will be more effective than others. Alcohol-based products that are more than 65% alcohol (isopropyl or ethyl) are effective at sanitizing surfaces. The alcohol content makes it flammable, though, so be wary of how and where you use it.
Bleach-based products are also effective and work quickly. However, such products are especially irritating to skin, so wear gloves whenever using it.
Cleaning products that contain quaternary amines are another effective sanitization method. These products are not as irritable to skin, and they are typically not flammable. The downside to quaternary amine-based products is that they take longer to work.
How Do Disinfection Services Protect Businesses from COVID-19?
Having your own janitorial staff conduct standard cleaning on a regular basis is good, but it is not the same as hiring cleaning technicians who are trained and experienced with deep cleaning and proper disinfection. As a business owner, you can give your employees, customers, and visitors some peace of mind during an uncertain time by hiring commercial disinfection.
With professional commercial and office disinfection services, qualified technicians can do a thorough cleaning of your business no matter how big or small the property is. Professionals have the necessary disinfection products, equipment, and systems needed to conduct effective cleaning.
Furthermore, technicians properly use personal protective equipment when cleaning. It not only provides protection, but PPE also prevents cross contamination.
Professional Commercial Cleaning and Disinfection Services for COVID-19
At ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell, as well as at our sister service, ServiceMaster of Albuquerque and West Mesa, we offer coronavirus cleaning and disinfection services in Azusa, CA, the surrounding areas of Southern California, and all of New Mexico. Our office disinfection services provide cleaning and disinfection for commercial properties who want preventative and proactive cleaning conducted. We can also provide services for businesses where potential COVID-19 exposure has occurred.
We employ well trained technicians who are experienced with conducting cleaning, having done so during previous virus outbreaks. Our professional technicians will wear personal protective equipment and follow our disinfection and COVID cleaning procedures. We will use hospital-grade disinfection products to clean the property. We also provide updates on the progress.
With help from the coronavirus cleaning and disinfection services at ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell, businesses in Azusa, other areas of Southern California, and all of New Mexico can feel better knowing their properties are clean and safe for employees, customers, and other visitors.