As COVID-19 continues spreading all over the world, scientists, organisations, and governments are providing businesses and individuals with continually updated advice. One factor that has continued to remain consistent is the requirement for having strict hygiene practices and protocols. Those measures will increasingly make deep cleaning for coronavirus a necessity. The priority for business owners must be the duty of care they have to the health of their employees. A deep clean will help you balance this by keeping your business open and operating and to ensure the safety of the jobs of your employees.
Risk Areas in Offices
So where are the hot spots in offices in terms of spreading a potentially dangerous and harmful virus? They are the areas where multiple individuals come in contact with equipment. Hot spots for bacteria on desks are the PC mouse, keyboard, and telephone mouthpiece, which can all potentially harbour the coronavirus. Shared areas like print rooms, reception rooms, meeting rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens all have crossover space that can be contaminated by people through contact. Those areas are the main spaces that a coronavirus deep clean focus on. Those areas clearly cover most of the layout of an office. That is why it is so critical to maintain your office’s hygiene.
Understanding the coronavirus
As a business owner or employer, you have probably read quite a bit about the coronavirus. You should tell your employees to self-isolate if they show any symptoms. Instead of flu-like symptoms, this virus actually has two major indicators:
- A continuous, new cough
- A high temperature
What is Deep Clean?
It is a process that cleans all spaces intensively at the same time. Regular cleans focus on various parts of an office but pay less attention to the overall area. However, following a deep clean, an office clean is completely disinfected from the top to the bottom. Speed is clearly critical when you are deep cleaning as a response to contamination. You also need to be confident in the deep clean methods and will provide you with reliable disinfection results.
Electrostatic Deep Cleaning
This is an innovative deep cleaning method where electrostatically charged particles are sprayed over equipment and surfaces. These positively charged particles adhere to surfaces aggressively, which allows the process to more accurately sanitise and coat. Electrostatic spray cleaning of surfaces is 50% faster to use compared to traditional deep cleaning methods. That makes the application require less personnel and is more accessible. So, you can expect to get good results at a lower cost.
Timing of Deep Clean
Businesses can make the decision to deep clean due to coronavirus after an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19. Or you can have a deep clean done as a precautionary measure for coronavirus. If you have made the decision to have your employees work remotely, then this is the perfect time to get your preventative deep clean scheduled. When you do this, after your staff returned to your office, the chance of the virus contamination experiencing a resurgence will be much lower.
Current Advice for Businesses
Currently, government advice is to not close workplaces, but wherever possible encourage remote working. So, unless staff has displayed symptoms, they should be able to work in the office. However, numerous businesses have directed their employees to work from home whenever possible. The direction business owners will take clearly will depend on their remote working infrastructure and the type of business they have.
What Does the Future Hold?
There has been the suggestion from some experts that in future years that seasonal coronavirus illness might become commonplace. That means workplaces might need to respond by having increased office hygiene requirements. A general approach is to maintain a high office cleanliness level to prevent illness from being spread between employees. Therefore, your regular cleaning schedule should include scheduling a deep clean. In future years, the timing of it might be planned to coordinate with coronavirus.