As the reality of the COVID-19 Coronavirus spreads across the world, the importance of good cleaning has of course come to light in an effort to try and control the spread of this virus.
In addition to basic personal hygiene issues, the way that spaces are cleaned and maintained are key in order to try and stop this spreading further.
Although the actual cause of this outbreak is still unknown, with no known vaccination, this still shouldn’t stop every effort to keep items and people clean in order to reduce the risk if it spreading.
Therefore, here are seven immediate factors to consider. These are very broad- brush, and applicable for your own personal cleaning or through a professional cleaning business.
But no matter what your situation is, or how this outbreak develops, these will help bottom-out the key points in whatever circumstances you’re in:
1. Getting on Top of Business
If you run a cleaning business then there are various business matters and Health & Safety documents to now update - if you’re benefiting from these as a customer, then these are ones to ask any credible cleaners for.
Updated Risk Assessments may be required, with policies on issues such as communication and continuity, and how services would continue if employees of the business were themselves effected.
2. Ramping up the PPE
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the clothing and gear that people will need to wear when carrying out cleaning - certainly more important with businesses , but also at home.
So, disposable gloves and maybe masks are key, but also others like aprons, over sleeves, and hair ties.
Plus, even for regular PPE that can’t be thrown away, make sure the cleaning of these is effective and regular, with as much hot water being used as possible.
3. What a Load of Rubbish
Correctly disposing of rubbish is key in order to ensure any potentially infected items are safely got rid of.
Therefore, bins need to be emptied regularly, ideally with limited hand contacts by using things like pedal bins, and of course special arrangements for more risky items like sanitary ones.
Also, the volume may well increase with additional use of items like wet-wipes, paper towels, and tissues.
4. Limited Personal Contact
This is becoming a bigger issues with talk of self-isolation of people with potential symptoms, keeping two-metre distance between people, and a period of near lock-down in society.
This therefore needs to be catered for and Lone Worker arrangements looked at.
Even simply using a tablet or phone by other people can increase the risk.
5. Going the Extra Mile
Stating the obvious, extra cleaning is essential now in order to keep on top of things.
The priority is higher-risk areas like bathrooms and communal areas, but also items like door handles and worktops which people will be handling and breathing and touching more.
Full disinfectant cleaning may also be required, but make sure this is done correctly and that any cleaner’s insurance covers this all.
6. The Most Handy Point
If people need to drill down into just one key area, it’s probably going to be their hands.
Whether that’s through regular washing in hot and soapy water, or simply not allowing hand-shakes and contacts, this is absolutely key.
Even official advise is that coughing, which is a common symptom as well as high temperature and sneezing, tends to be managed by people using their hands, and therefore ideally done through tissues or even your sleeve instead.
In short, try not to expose your hands to others and potential symptoms, and keep them regularly cleaned during the day and when in different areas.
Therefore, all kinds of hand washes and anti bacterial sprays and wipes are all very popular at the moment.
7. Notification and Communication
In addition to general procedures and policies being needed, the right updates and reminders need communicating to the right people.
This might be staff briefings and updates, or individuals and occupiers within a building.
There may be letters and emails flying around, or notices placed on site both home-made and standard NHS and government ones.
Reducing the Risk or Coronavirus Spreading
As the whole world is looking to control this outbreak, the way people keep themselves and areas clean is key, hence the above seven points designed to help focus on some of the main issues to consider at the moment.
And if in doubt, call in the professionals and use good old common sense.