With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and relaxing government restrictions on in-person gatherings, many of us are returning to workplaces we haven’t seen in months. It’s important to adopt or update our cleaning practices to keep ourselves and our coworkers safe and healthy. Luckily, some of the most effective cleaning methods don’t call for high-tech equipment, just a little elbow grease.
Ask the Experts
The CDC, America’s foremost health protection agency, is constantly updating guidelines and expert recommendations for how best to maintain a clean and healthy workspace. Most recently, the CDC has emphasized the importance of regular cleaning and disinfecting by hand, both at home and at work.
For high-impact areas like elevators and bathrooms, or frequently touched surfaces such as desks, phones, light switches, and door handles, daily cleaning is recommended to be most effective. In most instances, cleaning items and surfaces by hand using soap or detergent is enough to reduce the presence of viruses and other harmful pathogens.
For further efficacy, disinfection agents used after the cleaning process can help inactivate any virus particles. This is especially recommended in settings when a confirmed case of any virus has been present in the past 24 hours. In most situations, using traditional disinfectant methods, such as liquids, wipes, or disinfectant spray bottles, is sufficient to reduce virus exposure.
Routine is Key
Maintaining a routine cleaning practice in the workplace is crucial for promoting a safe and healthy environment and reducing the risk of illness. Daily cleaning also helps increase the lifespan of office equipment and furnishings, reducing costs in the long run.
Just as we appreciate hand-made things, there is no denying the essential practice of cleaning by hand. As we have all become more focused on our health and impact on the environment, the process of cleaning by hand necessitates paying closer attention to product ingredients and their efficacy and ecological implications.
Growing consumer awareness has resulted in a surge in the global green cleaning services market, making a plethora of products and technology available that are both safe and effective to use by hand. Many commercial cleaning products include harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Green Seal certified products used by Stratus Building Solutions’ commercial cleaning professionals are non-toxic, biodegradable, and are an equally effective, healthier alternative.
Hand it Off
Simple, daily cleaning habits do wonders to maintain the health and well-being of our workplace, so it is important that we all work together to do our part. At the same time, Stratus Building Solutions provides expert services and world-class cleaning systems to keep you and your team safe and healthy, so you have more time to focus on being back at the office.
Stratus focuses on diligent cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing services delivered by hand. Our cleaning products, equipment, and processes are selected for their positive health and environmental attributes, including color-coded microfiber cloths for different surfaces, HEPA vacuums, and Green Clean certified products.
Our well-trained team of cleaning professionals is fully prepared to tackle a variety of commercial cleaning needs. Contact us today to find out how Stratus Building Solutions can best serve your business.