With the current COVID-19 situation, there has been an even greater emphasis on keeping the office clean. While a clean workspace can help to keep your employees healthy and promote productivity, the over emphasis on this right now may start to feel overwhelming.
In today’s post, we’ll share some guidelines to make it easier to keep your office space clean during this unprecedented time. Total Office Solutions has the expertise in cleaning products and protocols to make sure your office is clean and safe.
Office Cleaning Supplies
Make sure you are equipped with basic office cleaning and janitorial supplies to make things easier. Anti-bacterial wipes and personal disinfectant wipes make disinfecting common contact surfaces including desks, phones and keyboards easier. Since COVID-19 has been around it may be harder to get a hold of certain cleaning supplies so be sure to contact Total Office Solutions to make sure you have an ample supply. Different surfaces require different products, so ask a Total Office expert to make sure you are using the correct cleaning products.
Sanitizing, Cleaning & Disinfecting
Kimberly-Clark, a leader in cleaning supplies, has defined three main processes that work for keeping the office clean and safe.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as determined by public health standards and requirements. Countertops also should be sanitized twice a day. A multi-purpose cleaner can help kill germs in your work areas. Sanitizer can be used in common areas where it’s difficult to always keep surfaces and technology clean. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends using an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Make sure your facilities are stocked with plenty of hand soap in the breakroom and bathrooms. Different areas including office furniture and various surfaces require different types of cleaning products, so contact us to speak directly to one of our cleaning experts. – Contact Us.
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Develop Your Cleaning Plan
Evaluate the workplace to determine what kinds of surfaces and materials make up that area. Most office furniture surfaces will just need normal routine cleaning. Frequently touched surfaces and objects, including light switches and door knobs, will need to be cleaned and disinfected to further reduce the risk of germs on these surfaces. Once the cleaning plan is determined the next step is the cleaning protocol.
Along with Kimberly-Clark, we encourage guidance from the CDC who uses a two-step clean and disinfect process. Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
- Step 1 – clean the surface with a detergent or soap and water.
- Step 2 – disinfect the surface using
EPA-registered disinfectants. The CDC also recommends providing disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
Clean and Decluttered Office Spaces
A clean workspace can reduce sick days and increase employee productivity. It also gives
a good impression on visitors to your office. Electronic devices and appliances are touched often and will need to be cleaned often too. You may need to invest in antibacterial screen cleaning liquid, wipes, polish, and specialized computer cleaning products for screens and monitors.
A clear surface area makes it easier and faster to dust or wipe things down. Keep things that you don’t use all the time in desk drawers or cabinets. Encourage employees to eat at their desks vs. a shared breakroom. This might lead to extra crumbs and debris around desks, so make sure you have cleaning supplies on hand for them to clean desk areas.
On the positive side, a clean and organized workspace reduces stress and clears space for creativity and innovation. A clean and cleared desk can make employees less distracted and more efficient.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Help is Here with Total Office
Total Office Solutions is here to help you with all your office cleaning needs. We provide all the products, service and expertise to manage keeping your office clean and safe.