As coronavirus takes over the world, maintaining high hygiene standards and cleanliness is more important to control the spread of infection. The virus is easily transmitted when a person may be in close proximity to another person or when a person who is infected coughs and sneezes (and doesn’t cover their mouth). Respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes can then land on mouths and noses of people but it can also be spread through contaminated surfaces or objects. The virus can live on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and other surfaces for up to 24 hours showing just how important proper sanitation and disinfection is.
The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting
There are important differences between cleaning and disinfecting or sanitizing. While surfaces may look clean on the surface, they may not necessarily be hygienic.
Cleaning works to remove germs and dirt at surface level however sanitizing works to ensure the germs are killed to reduce the spread of infection.
While thorough cleaning can be effective at decreasing the spread of infection, fully disinfecting areas with chemicals can decrease the risk even more.
How to Clean and Disinfect Effectively
To ensure harmful germs do not pose a risk to people, surfaces should be cleaned using effective chemicals and solutions. This means using disinfectant cleaners that are proven to kill germs and bacteria when used correctly and safely.
How to Use Disinfectant Cleaners
Safety is top priority when it comes to using disinfectants. In order to use products safely and to ensure maximum effectiveness, instructions should clearly be followed, and individuals trained properly on how to use them.
What should you disinfect?
Hands are one of the main culprits when it comes to the spread of infection. Many studies have found that people do not wash their hands for long enough to effectively remove germs and bacteria. Therefore, while people may be practicing proper hand hygiene, measures to control the spread of infection shouldn’t stop there. It’s essential that commonly touched surfaces are disinfected on a daily basis including phones, keyboards and door handles throughout your commercial property.
Depending on your facility, other surfaces should be disinfected such as walls, restrooms, sinks and shower stalls.
How Often to Clean and Disinfect
While more regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, this is not always practical and disinfecting more frequently than required can actually cause negative affects amplifying the corrosiveness and toxicity of the chemicals. Therefore, it is advised that frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected at least daily – pandemic or no pandemic.
What Chemicals Should My Business Use?
During times like these, it is recommended that you use a Hospital-Grade Disinfectant in your facility.
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