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COVID-19: 7 BEST PRACTICES FOR CLEANING AND SANITIZING YOUR BUILDING

03/17/20MEAGHAN KELLY5 MIN READ



As the coronavirus (COVID-19) makes its way across the globe and into the United States, it’s important for building management professionals to understand the proactive steps they must take to prevent the spread of illness in their facilities.

In this article, you’ll find seven best practices to follow throughout the year to minimize health hazards and risks, and protect your building’s occupants against contaminants — even after COVID-19 isn’t an immediate concern. Follow these sanitation protocols to keep occupants healthier, happier and more productive.

1. Seek resources and education from trusted organizations.

Misinformation can be dangerous in a health crisis, especially in the early stages of a pandemic. Remember to seek information only from credible organizations. For the most current information on the latest health and safety precautions, turn to the following organizations as a starting point.

The World Health Organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2. Order an audit of high-touch areas in your building.

High-touch areas of your building can harbor millions of bacteria and should be regularly cleaned and disinfected to encourage a healthy workplace. Order an audit that notes any surfaces in your building that are most likely to harbor germs. Use the following list to jump start the investigation.

Appliances

Chairs

Coffee stations

Computer mice

Desks

Diaper changing stations

Door handles

Elevator buttons

Keyboards

Kitchen surfaces

Light switches

Railings

Reception areas

Sinks

Tables

Telephones

Toilets

TV remotes

Vinyl furniture

Water cooler handles

3. Clean and disinfect identified high-touch areas in your buildings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifies that there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning solutions are great for removing dirt and grime, while disinfecting solutions work to kill germs and bacteria. If you’re looking to properly sanitize contaminated surfaces in your building, you’ll need to use a combination of a cleaning product and sanitizing product, or find a cleaning solution that specifically performs both functions.

PRO TIP: Do not immediately wipe off the disinfectant from a soiled surface. Most disinfectants need to sit for five to ten minutes to eliminate illness-causing bacterias. Have cleaning personnel check the labels of their cleaning products to learn how long they should wait before wiping off the solution.

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