Along with the winter season comes flu season. Pair that with COVID-19, and keeping a clean work environment becomes more important than ever. Although many people are working from home, there are a lot of people who have gone back into the office on a full-time basis. Here are some tips on how to keep a clean office, how to disinfect it, and what to do if someone is sick.
The Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting, And Sanitizing
The above three terms are used a lot, but they aren’t interchangeable. To clean something means to remove things such as dirt, dust, and crumbs from an object. This is usually done with soap and water. This process doesn’t necessarily kill any germs, it just lessens the amount of germs on the surface.
Disinfecting requires the use of chemicals, such as bleach and alcohol, to kill the germs, viruses, or bacteria on any surface or object. In order to allow the disinfectant time to kill the germs, it often needs to be left on the surface or object for a designated amount of time before being wiped off.
The sanitizing process lowers the amount of germs to a safe level, which will vary depending on the public health standards of your workplace. If your business is a restaurant, this could mean using a specific product that sanitizes dishes while inside the dishwasher.
Protecting Your Office From Germs
The most important step to protecting your office during flu season is doing all you can to prevent the spread of germs in the first place. This means that all employees should be regularly washing their hands and covering their mouths when they cough, even if they’re wearing a face mask. Additionally, regular cleaning procedures should be performed on surfaces that are touched often, like door handles, light switches, refrigerator doors, and elevator buttons.
Employees can contribute by regularly cleaning their desks, keyboards, and phones with a general household cleaner, as well as washing their hands or using hand sanitizer after touching most surfaces (at their desk and throughout the office). However, cleaning common areas like kitchens, breakrooms, and restrooms, should be left to a professional cleaning crew. Additionally, if employees are feeling sick, they should be encouraged to stay home.
What To Do If Someone Gets The Flu
You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your office during flu season. Everyone becomes at risk if someone gets sick in the office, not only for the flu, but for contracting COVID-19 due to a weakened immune system. ServiceMaster of Baltimore has over 60 years of experience developing our deep cleaning services and is available 24/7. If someone in your office has gotten the flu (or COVID-19), call us at 410-780-1700 to help you protect your office from spreading these viral diseases.