Deep Cleaning During The Coronavirus Outbreak
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) keeps spreading across the globe, performing a deep office cleaning is crucial, as people can easily become infected from germs that fall onto any workplace object, like a phone or water cooler. According to Visually, a marketing content creation website, office phones can accumulate up to 25,000 germs per square inch and 25% of water cooler buttons are deemed a severe risk for disease transmission.
Additionally, bacteria levels can increase by up to 31% daily on surfaces that aren’t routinely disinfected.
Given that the symptoms of the coronavirus (frequent coughing, fever, and shortness of breath in certain cases) are similar to those of the flu, it’s important to take adequate precautions – especially because these signs may not appear until (up to) 14 days following exposure. In the United States alone, more than 800 coronavirus cases
have been reported (as of March 10) and 27 people have died from the disease, from New York to Washington state. Some states have ordered states of emergency or other extreme containment measures. According to Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease’s director, a coronavirus vaccine
may not be deployed for at least another year to 18 months (approximately).
Aside from regularly washing hands and actively insisting sick employees stay home, here are some deep cleaning initiatives you can take in 2020 to fight the coronavirus in your workplace.
Vacuum And Dust Off Shelves & Carpets
Perhaps one of the simplest cleaning tasks you can do is vacuum your office floor regularly (at least twice a month). You can also use a dust roller. Any rugs in the office should be shaken off and cleaned with a squeegee to remove any excess water. (Use this tool solely in the direction of the rug’s threads for best results) Be sure to let both sides of the rug dry.
Also, be sure to move and meticulously wipe down all office furniture, including chairs and couches. Dispose of all trash that has been piling up, including food, cans, bottles and shredded documents.
Use Wet Cloths And Disposable Wipes
Depending on the surface area, use a wet rag, cloth or disposable disinfectant wipes (e.g. Clorox) or even just paper towels. Keyboards, desks, doorknobs and remote controls are some frequently touched surfaces to routinely wipe. A great tip for cleaning windows and other glass surfaces is to use vinegar, as it is completely anti-bacterial and non-toxic.
Don’t neglect to clean your company (or floor’s) bathroom. Mop the floor and scrub down all toilets, urinals, and sinks. Redo the caulk around sinks and toilets if necessary.
There are other parts of an office you may not think to routinely clean that can easily become nesting grounds for dust and bacteria. These include light fixtures and air vents. Additionally, you can clean all the cables and power strips.
According to MRO Supply, the cleaning industry in the U.S.
(which is primarily made up of commercial cleaners) could see total revenue grow by as much as $2 billion by 2023.
The World Health Organization has also noted that Ultraviolet (UV) lamps don’t eradicate the coronavirus, so you can simply clean this as a habit but not to prevent the disease from spreading.
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