How to Properly Clean and Disinfect Your Orlando Building, Facility or Workspace
The outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, has drastically impacted both essential and non-essential businesses. All Orlando buildings, facilities, and workspaces will require proper disinfection before individuals can return to work full-time. Disinfection is the use of EPA-registered disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces such as cubicles, desks, chairs, and conference room furniture. This process must be used in conjunction with cleaning (the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities) in order to lower the risk of spreading the infection. Here’s what you should know about properly cleaning and disinfecting during this time.
How to start cleaning and disinfecting
If you’re an Orlando business owner, or Orlando facility manager, you may not know where to start. That’s perfectly natural – this is the first major pandemic in the last century. When an employee in the building, facility or workspace has been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is best to engage a third-party vendor (rather than employees themselves) to help clean the space. This CDC recommends that these steps are also taken:
- Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting areas used by the infected person to minimize the potential for exposure to respiratory droplets
- Open outset doors and windows to increase air circulation
- Instruct third-party staff to clean and disinfect all areas with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces
How to continue cleaning and disinfecting
Whenever you have people in a space, you must engage in ongoing cleaning and disinfecting to maintain safety. Thus, establishing a standard operating procedure for cleaning and disinfecting is essential. The following is a good rule of thumb for how many times you should clean each surface in your office space.
- Public entry doors (i.e. handles, surface area, push bars) – 4 x day
- Public counters in lobbies/receptions – 2 x day
- Stair handrails – 2 x day
- Elevator buttons – 3 x day
- Appliances (copy room, breakroom, kitchen) – 2 x day
- Light switches – 2 x day
- Employee workspaces (cubicles, desk, chairs, conference room furniture) – 3 x day
- Common areas – according to specific directives
As always, consider the type of workplace, facility, business, and layout of the building when establishing cleaning and disinfecting protocols. For example, if all of your light switches are automated, they may not require extensive sanitation as outlined above. However, if your common areas are among the most highly utilized spaces in your office, then be sure to have the directive reflect that. Your goal is to keep your staff safe by instituting these cleaning protocols.
What type of products should be used?
Your janitorial staff should be using cleaning agents specifically used for disinfecting. The best way to ensure they’re effective is to follow the instructions on the label. The following are solid options for coronavirus protection:
- EPA-registered disinfectants
- Diluted bleach solutions (must be appropriate to the surface)
- Alcohol solutions with 70 percent alcohol
However, if you visit any given grocery store, these household cleaners and disinfectants are generally sold out. So, what do you do? If you visit here, the CDC has information on how you can make your own bleach solution from household bleach. They can also have information on how to clean furniture (not always the easiest task!).
While the specific time length is unknown, it’s suggested that the virus can live anywhere from a few hours to several days on any given surface. Cleaning and disinfecting your Orlando business furniture will ensure that you help to keep everyone in your office safe. During this time, Interior Contract Services is still available to help outfit offices in and around Orlando, Florida. Visit here for more information.