Commercial Cleanings Smallest Big Problems
When you think of commercial cleanings biggest problems you probably think of dirty offices, high-traffic floors, or heavily used restrooms. Those are all huge tasks but some of the biggest problems in commercial cleaning are electronic devices and indoor air quality.
In nearly all commercial buildings, you’ll find computers, scanners, laptops, smartphones and other technologies all over the place. Did you know the average computer keyboard harbors more germs than a public toilet seat? Even more so, those same computer consoles and dirty keyboards can lead to cross-contamination and the spread of infectious pathogens when there are multiple users per electronic device.
Professor Kelly Reynolds of the University of Arizona notes some of the bacteria found on electronics match bacteria found in the typical kitchen sponge. A good rule of thumb is to clean and disinfect your electronics daily..
An infection control plan practices 3 stages of cleaning on a regular basis.
Cleaning – removes germs, dirt, and debris.
Disinfecting – kills germs.
Sanitizing – lowers the number of germs to a safe level.
To properly clean electronic devices do the following:
Disconnect devices and remove smartphone and tablet covers
Remove all visible particles - food or otherwise using a dry cloth or vacuum cleaner with appropriate attachment
Swab with a well wrung commercial pre-moistened disinfecting wipe.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is a major concern to businesses, building managers, tenants, and employees because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of building occupants. Poor indoor air quality has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble focusing, and asthma. In addition, some exposures such as asbestos and radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years of exposure.
The EPA estimates that poor indoor air may cost the nation tens of billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and medical care.
Controlling indoor air quality involves integrating three main strategies.
Management – manage the sources of and exposure to pollutants
Ventilation – dilute pollutants and remove them
Filtration – clean the air of pollutants
Using the right materials and equipment to control indoor air quality include:
Vacuums with HEPA filtration systems
Cleaning products with no/low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), fragrances, irritants and flammable ingredients.
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