With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across nations worldwide, many have had to rethink their personal hygiene and cleaning habits to curb the spread of germs and pathogens. Offices in Australia and elsewhere are taking the matter seriously by performing deep cleaning which can effectively kill bacteria and viruses in office common areas such as kitchens, corridors, and bathrooms. Here are some deep cleaning tips that can help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria in the workplace:
Clean as Normal
Before beginning any deep cleaning work, it’s best to prepare the office by completing a thorough routine clean of the entire area. This will ensure that further deep cleaning work takes place in a clean environment, free of clutter and rubbish.
Go for High-Touch Areas
Think about all of the door handles, knobs, and contact surfaces that see frequent use by multiple employees such as microwaves, kettles, light switches, and more. Using a bleach-based disinfectant, deep clean all of these surfaces. Bleach is effective at killing bacteria and droplets from germs and viruses, but it’s also a potent chemical, so use proper safety equipment prior to applying bleach.
In extreme cases, such as for neutralising the potential of coronavirus to spread, superheated steam treatments are also effective. This type of deep cleaning equipment is not always easy to acquire, so hydrogen peroxide or bleach are recommended if superheated steam treatment isn’t possible.
Use PPE In Areas of Suspected Coronavirus Cases
Safe is better than sorry when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus. If a case has been suspected, it’s recommended that cleaning staff use disposable suits, eye protection, and N95 respirators whilst working. Disposable gloves and shoe coverings are also recommended.
If N95 respirators are not available due to supply shortages, any mask is better than none.
Avoid Organic Cleaning Materials and Use Bleach-Based Cleaners Instead
When it comes to dealing with viruses and germs, bleach-based chemical cleaning products are more effective at killing bacteria and germs than most organic compounds. Although many organic products may be better for the environment, don’t compromise the health and safety of you and your employees and opt for more powerful bleach-based products instead.
Dispose of Rubbish Safely
Black, all-purpose trash bags were fine to use for rubbish before the global pandemic began, but now more thought will need to go into how potentially infected refuse is handled. Improper handling can lead to transmission of the disease by collection services and spread quickly, so dispose of rubbish properly by using double bagging or more durable bags to prevent rips and tears which can expose the handler to aerosol droplets or germs.
Separating medical waste, such as N95 respirators or face masks and disposable gloves from other waste is more important than ever. Employees should have easy access to separate waste bins for medical waste which may be contaminated from ‘normal’ rubbish bins and ensure that all waste is separated and bagged in durable (or double) bags.
Clean Your Office Professionally with Dom Care Cleaning
For added peace of mind and to reduce the spread of germs and illnesses, consider having your office professionally deep cleaned by the experts at Dom Care Cleaning. The cleaning industry is garnering a lot of attention due to the coronavirus pandemic, so don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can help your business stay safe and healthy now and in the future.