Tips for Cleaning Your Building During COVID-19

During these times, sanitation of surfaces and buildings has become a major topic of conversation. Keeping employees and tenants safe and protected is now at the forefront of the minds of all building owners, but how can you tweak your maintenance plan to suit the needs of the new landscape?

Following CDC recommendations and guidelines for disinfecting services RIA website page for EXCELLENT information that McMahon is following for COVID disinfecting services: https://www.restorationindustry.org/cleaning-and-restoration/covid-19

Restoration PDF guide on recent updates to coronavirus disinfecting services: https://www.restorationindustry.org/sites/default/files/docs/covid-19-professional-cleaning-and-restoration-industry-fifth-edition-1026-2020.pdf

Recommended Cleaning and Disinfecting Routine

Routine cleaning can help prevent the spread of COVID19. If you run a business or own a building it is especially important to clean and disinfect all surfaces, especially those that are frequently touched.

  • High contact areas can vary by location, but typically include doorknobs, light switches, railings, counter tops, drawer handles, tables, sinks, faucet, bathroom fixtures, elevator buttons, water fountains, remote controls, etc.
  • Offices and cubicles must be wiped down daily. Wipe down desks, chairs, phones, keyboards, computer mice, monitors, etc.
  • If your business utilizes vehicles, wipe down door handles (both inside and outside), steering wheels, window buttons, locks, arm rests, seat cushions, seatbelts, drink holders, etc.

How to Disinfect

Use a disinfectant that is EPA approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. The other alternative is a bleach solution consisting of 5 tablespoons of bleach per 1 gallon of water. To begin cleaning:

  • Always wear gloves and protective clothing when cleaning any type of surface.
  • Remove any visible dirt before using disinfectant.
  • For hard surfaces:
    • Clean all surfaces with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • Let items air dry between each cleaning, and ensure that all areas are thoroughly cleaned.
  • For soft of porous items (clothing, bedding, carpets, rugs):
    • do not shake or “hug” the item - this can spread the virus or other dirt and bacteria.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, and use a steam cleaner if possible.
  • Cleaning electronics:
    • For tablets, touch screens, keyboards, etc. follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection of products.
    • Use wipeable covers if possible.
    • Alcohol based wipes are great for electronic devices - just make sure they contain at least 70% alcohol.
  • Clothing and linens:
    • Again, do not shake dirty laundry. This can cause the virus or bacteria to release through the air.
    • Follow instructions by the manufacturer, but use the hottest possible setting.

Keep Yourself Safe

Above all, safety of the cleaning staff is most important. Follow these steps to keep yourself as protected as possible when cleaning and sanitizing buildings.

  •  Always wear gloves when cleaning and handling sanitizing tools.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you experience any symptoms like fever, coughing, shortness of breath, or more, consult your doctor.

Call McMahon Services for Cleaning Services

At McMahon Services we are here to help with your sanitation and cleaning needs. Instead of worrying about keeping your business sanitized and disinfected, let us do the work for you. Contact us today, and we’ll be on our way.