A Harrowing Example
A quick example for you that you might not realize – Did you know that in a hospital setting, the average surface (not those in highly infectious areas) is disinfected once every 3 hours?
This may seem like an almost acceptable frequency. Surfaces in a health care environment are one thing, but what about in your office or apartment building?
Commercial Cleaning and Surface Areas
Winter is going to be challenging for commercial cleaning, more so than ever before. The numbers for COVID and COVID-related deaths are rising across the world, including North America. Property managers need to prepare.
Property managers and commercial cleaning services need to keep surfaces clean and free of germs. These germs can lead to illness, and with SARS-CoV-2, there’s too much liability.
If you continue with 2019 systems in place, it might be outdated, as there’s been so much more research.
Understand that while COVID is an obvious obstacle, as property managers, it is essential to stay up-to-date with the latest in disinfection research.
Recent studies have also found that certain surface disinfectants are more effective than others at killing pathogens like MRSA and norovirus; today’s article concerns itself with one widely accepted and well-researched method.
Benefits of Increased Cleaning or More Efficient Cleaning
The benefits of antimicrobial quats are numerous. One is an increased quality of life as there is reduced time away from work. This translates to reduced medical costs and, thus, less liability.
Safety Concerns for Quats
Quats in professional products are highly regulated in North America.
This is important as cleaning with traditional methods such as wiping down the surface with soap and water or using bleach wipes does not kill all types of bacteria and COVID.
Not so Fun Fact
Soap doesn’t kill most germs, even on our hands; it just breaks them down and helps to remove them. Therefore, it’s hazardous not to have powerful disinfectants in place when cleaning.
It is important now more than ever when everyone is very aware of the importance of cleaning that you make it obvious that you are being as efficient and using quality control systems, as often as possible.
Nooks and Crevices
Newer surface disinfection methods such as UV lights and ozone gas are more effective than traditional cleaning at killing pathogens on hard surfaces such as stainless steel sinks, counters, desks, metal doorknobs, and toilet seats, but you’ll have to use these in areas that you know they will be constantly monitored.
If they break, there’s no backup for disinfecting, and these items can run in the thousands, and you also do not want to be stolen.
Note that these new treatments work faster than conventional methods by penetrating cracks and crevices, and it might be an advantage to use these on a rotating basis.
You need to understand that any of the methods we at iRestify discuss are always according to guidelines, as guidelines seem to change as frequently as the variants of COVID.
Know how these new disinfectants work, as well as their limitations. We want all property managers to be informed so that your buildings are protected from resistant bacteria.