Essential Cleaning Tips to Keep You Safe at Home or Work
COVID-19 is a complicated. Thankfully, staying safe at home and work isn't.
Parks, offices, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, golf clubs, gyms and on and on: many public services and spaces adhere to the guidelines set out by the CDC. Over time, as our knowledge of how COVID spreads has changed, so, too, have public protocol and guidelines changed, including those set out by the CDC.
So for small businesses and homeowners, the question remains: what should we be doing to stay safe? Read on for a breakdown of some of the CDC’S most consistent, essential tips – guidelines to protecting yourselves at home AND at work.
1. Develop Your Plan
The first thing to think about is your game plan. Keeping your facilities as clean and sterile as possible is thankfully not too complicated. By simply forming a plan and continually executing it, we set ourselves up for success. Consider the types of surfaces which need to be protected the most: at home, think stovetops, sinks, doorknobs, staircases, bathrooms, and the like. For businesses, anywhere people may gather frequently such as conference rooms, break rooms, bathrooms, or cubicles. These types of areas should be cleaned routinely, either by yourself or by hiring a team to professionally oversee the sanitization (such as MSU!). Some areas at home or work should be okay to clean less intensely. For example, areas such as a private deck or patio are a lower risk as they are outside. Viruses on surfaces thrive in closed off spaces with little ventilation, so places with open air and direct sunlight are safer on average. Data suggests that areas which go unused for days at a time are also relatively sanitary. A janitor’s closet gets less traffic than a conference room. Similarly, the attic at home or a patio in the winter poses a smaller risk than a dining room. Some viruses die within hours of contact, so spaces of infrequent use don’t need to be a top priority. Disinfectants use many different types of chemicals to kill germs. Check what you have at home. Some very well-known products you may have stocked in your cabinets do well to fight germs and bacteria, though it is important to read the labels to make sure you use them properly! Most products don't kill viruses instantly, meaning you must let it saturate the surface for several minutes before wiping dry. This is known as dwell time.
Once you evaluate high touch points in your home or office and select an effective cleaner which effectively disinfects (not just cleans), it’s time to set your plan in motion.
2. Implementing Your Plan - Germs Begone!
Plans are pointless until we follow through with them, so let’s talk action. A small amount of discipline goes a long way; when it comes to safe disinfection the key is an established routine and full compliance with your product’s usage guidelines, and a few simple personal precautions. Set a certain time each day to make your pass over high-volume touch points, such as early morning or afternoon. Starting with a mild soap cleaner, remove the top layer of dirt/dust/grime on surfaces within your home or office; too much buildup could make it difficult for disinfectants to completely scrub out viruses. Should you have a crew coming in on a regular basis, don’t be afraid to ask specifics about the way they treat your space: which surfaces they are treating, how often they plan to revisit, and whether or not they are following proper guidelines of their preferred products. There are some areas which may require special attention, such as carts and self-service stations at grocery stores, or waiting rooms and public restrooms in offices. Areas such as these need multiple daily passes - make sure your plan takes this into consideration! As you use these disinfectants you also take care to wear gloves and not breathe in chemicals too deeply. Consider having people vacate the rooms as you clean so there is room to work. Though EPA-certified, many common disinfectants contain abrasive chemicals which damage skin upon contact and harm lungs if inhaled. Wearing certain PPE such as face masks and gloves reduces exposure. We often forget: your skin is the largest organ in your body!
3. Maintain Your Plan - Keep It Current
The pandemic has affected all corners of the globe, but business is back on the upswing. As your business changes and grows, update your sanitation plan! Inevitably people will begin gathering again at homes and at work. Whether you decide to scale up your own efforts or hire a team to handle the job, make sure that your facility is ready for the increased traffic. Several other important practices can also help protect ourselves and others from the viral pathogens. Practice the following to make the greatest positive impact on your community: - Social distance: maintain 6ft distance between yourself and others while in a shared/enclosed space
- Face masks: consistent science shows us that facemasks stop large droplets from spreading disease
- Cleaning: creating a routine for disinfection at home, and at your workplace
- Washing hands frequently and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer (many have moisturizing properties!)
- Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth and STAY HOME IF FEELING UNWELL!
We'll say it one more time: daily disinfection is the key to staving off viruses in our familiar environments. It's the simplest solution, and the best one as well. Antimicrobial treatments help to give your home or office added protection: read more on that below. As our knowledge about COVID-19 and modern superbugs changes, there will likely be more suggestions to come. Taking this into consideration, know that if you follow the guidelines listed in this article then your chances of coming into contact with (or spreading) these germs is dramatically decreased.
- There you have it! The essential tips for promoting health and safety at home and at work. At MSU, our goal is to forge a safer world day by day. Spreading knowledge is the easiest way to stop the spread of viral pathogens. Here's to a safer tomorrow!
Does daily disinfection sound like a chore? We won’t lie to you - it sort of is. Not to mention costly. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to simplify your game plan. Stay healthy AND productive - call MSU now and ask about our effective treatment plans to help you escape the excessive disinfection cycle. (314) 295-2625 for more information!