While government advice continues to be that your business should allow your workers to work from home where possible, shutting up shop or having your entire workforce working remotely from home simply is not feasible for some organisations. If you are reopening your business, then deep cleaning before you open is essential and should be followed by daily office cleaning.
Scientists and governments agree that businesses should follow stringent hygiene practices and protocols to meet their duty of care to their staff’s health. A thorough deep clean before reopening fits well with this advice and sets a hygienic standard that can then be maintained through regular contract cleaning.
How Is A Deep Clean Different To Your Regular Office Cleaning
Intensive deep cleaning differs from your regular office cleaning by paying attention to the whole office space, disinfecting from top to bottom. A deep clean sterilises hotspots for possible virus and bacterial contagion. These hotspots include any object or equipment that is used by multiple people. For example, keyboards, telephones, desks, printers, draw handles are all places that can harbour viruses, such as Coronavirus. This cleaning method tackles all shared spaces such as meeting rooms, kitchens, toilets, and receptions.
Whereas, regular office cleaning focuses on specific office areas, with appearance and tidiness traditionally being the focus. Typically, this will include hoovering, dusting, and removing rubbish.
A great analogy is the difference in the attention you pay at home between your regular cleaning routine and your intensive spring clean.
We recommend deep cleaning before reopening and then on a regular basis as a precautionary measure, with a schedule appropriate to the number of workers using the space and the type of business and activities conducted. Decontamination should also take place following any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.
When symptomatic or confirmed cases occur, all objects, equipment, and surfaces visibly contaminated by bodily fluids are disinfected. This includes all high-contact areas such as door handles, toilets, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, secure entry keypads, and telephones. Care is taken to ensure the disinfectant remains on the surface for the required virus kill time.
Disinfection fogging is also possible, and this technique kills airborne traces of the virus as well as creating a protective barrier on all surfaces and equipment.
Keeping Your Workplace Clean & Hygienic
Keeping your workplace clean and hygienic with deep and regular contract cleaning is only part of the picture. As an employer, it is vital that you promote good hygiene behaviours as directed by the government and scientific research. In addition, it helps to regularly remind your employees to:
- Cover their mouths and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Place used tissues immediately in a bin
- Refrain from touching their face, nose, and eyes, if their hands are not clean
- Regularly wash hands using soap and water or a hand sanitiser
- Avoid close contact with anyone who appears unwell
To arrange a bespoke deep clean or to schedule ongoing office cleaning, please contact our team on 0800 297 2887.