This blog is part 3 of our 4-part series on everything you need to know to reopen your business post COVID-19 closures. Part 1 covers how to create your business reopening plan; part 2 covers what should be done once you’re open; this post is all about the different cleaning methods you could implement; and part 4 is about finding a partner to help you do it all.
We used to think that a spray bottle and towel, plus a little elbow grease, was enough to keep things clean. However, COVID-19 forced us to redefine what clean means. Facilities and businesses can no longer just look clean, they need to be fully disinfected down to the micro level to protect employees and customers. Here’s a review of some of the cleaning and disinfection methods that businesses can implement.
Paying a janitor or employees to wipe down a counter every now and then used to be sufficient to keep your business “clean.” In the age of COVID-19, that’s simply not going to cut it. You need highly trained and licensed disinfecting services.
Businesses need solutions that provide ongoing disinfection to protect their customers and employees.
Understand the Different Types of Cleaning Services
Most businesses haven’t given this area much thought prior to COVID-19, so here’s a quick rundown of the different types of cleaning services.
|Traditional Cleaning||The Standard Disinfection Method||The Advanced Disinfection Method|
|Services||“Deep cleaning” is intended to make spaces look clean but don’t include the requirements needed to properly disinfect.||Standard disinfecting services clean and sanitize at a more molecular level.||Advanced disinfecting services use products that not only clean and disinfect at the moment they are deployed but use antimicrobial technology to keep surfaces sanitized for weeks afterward.|
|Execution||Cleaning products must sit for 1-30 minutes to be effective. Traditional spritz-and-wipe methods aren’t sufficient to sanitize.||Sprayers are used to disperse EPA-registered disinfectants across environments, but coverage is typically inconsistent.||Advanced atomizing technology evenly disperses EPA- registered disinfectants with a molecular charge to create a lasting bond.|
|Personnel||Standard janitorial staff||Trained janitorial staff||Licensed technicians trained to ensure proper execution|
|Coverage||Traditional methods cover less than 40% of touchable surfaces.||With inconsistent coverage and drying times, it’s hard to determine effectiveness.||Atomization covers 99% of the environment.|
|Effectiveness||May look clean but depending on the use of cleaning supplies may not be fully disinfected.||Surfaces are only clean until the next touch.||Advanced antimicrobial technology keeps surfaces clean for up to 45 days.|
Find a Disinfecting Partner
Implementing effective disinfection methods within a business is daunting if you’re trying to do it in-house.
- How is the disinfecting being done?
- When is it being done?
- Who is doing it?
- Are they doing it consistently and correctly?
- How do we get the right supplies?
- What products are best?
- How often does it need to happen?
Finding a disinfecting partner removes that stress. The right partner will be able to help you develop and implement a reopening plan that prioritizes customer and employee safety. With a focus on cleaning and disinfecting procedures, they will be able to not only provide the services needed but also ensure that disinfecting is completed correctly.
Without a disinfecting partner, you’re constantly chasing the white rabbit when it comes to keeping environments clean.
The Best Disinfection Method for Your Businesses
The best disinfection method for your business depends on a variety of factors; however, we find that most businesses benefit most from using advanced disinfecting methods. These methods are able to cover your environment and keep it protected for up to 45 days. As employees and customers come in and out of your business, finding a disinfection method that includes ongoing protection is the only way to truly keep everyone safe.