As a business owner, it's important to keep your commercial space clean and healthy. However, people often make errors while cleaning and disinfecting. We’ve put together five common mistakes to avoid when cleaning your commercial space and what to do to ensure optimal cleanliness in your facility.
Mistake #1: Confusing Cleaning and Disinfecting
At first, glance, cleaning and disinfecting may appear to be two sides of the same coin, but their distinct roles and functions set them apart. Cleaning, the trusty sidekick, focuses on sweeping away dirt, dust, and grime from surfaces using soap or detergent and water, leaving surfaces looking polished and well cared for. Disinfecting, our superhero, bravely battles against germs, bacteria, and viruses. It annihilates these invisible foes by using potent chemicals that are specifically formulated to neutralize harmful pathogens.
Remember, a thorough cleaning is merely the precursor to effective disinfecting. A dirty surface can impede the disinfectant's ability to vanquish germs fully. So, make sure you're equipped with the proper cleaning products and tools and follow manufacturers' instructions to achieve that coveted balance of a squeaky-clean and germ-free space.
Mistake #2: Not Using Cleaning Products Properly
In the diverse universe of cleaning products, it's essential to choose wisely. Some cleaners may be too harsh for delicate surfaces, while others may not pack enough punch to tackle stubborn grime and germs. Always follow the instructions on your cleaning tools and supplies, paying careful attention to dilution rates for concentrated cleaners. Remember, more isn't always better, and using too much of a product may result in residue, wasted resources, and potentially harmful effects on humans or the environment.
To ensure a truly healthy environment, make sure you're using EPA-approved disinfectants, which have been rigorously tested and proven effective against specific pathogens. We recommend our line of Cleaning Concentrates, which are EPA-approved and come with easy-to-follow instructions. Additionally, respect each product's "dwell time" - the amount of time a disinfectant needs to remain on a surface to work its magic. By following these guidelines, you can achieve the perfect balance between cleanliness, safety, and efficiency.
Mistake #3: Being a Cleaning Procrastinator
In the realm of commercial spaces, frequent cleaning and disinfecting are vital for the well-being of all who dwell within. Establish a regular cleaning routine that includes daily tasks, such as wiping down high-touch surfaces and tidying common areas, as well as weekly deep-cleans, which entail a more thorough scrubbing of floors, walls, and fixtures. To make this process smoother, consider implementing a color-coded system for different cleaning tasks, and assigning specific tools and supplies to avoid cross-contamination.
Rally your team to uphold the schedule and ensure that everyone understands the importance of their role in maintaining a clean environment. Regular team meetings can provide an opportunity to discuss any challenges and celebrate successes. Remember, consistency is key, and a clean workspace is a shared responsibility.
Mistake #4: Neglecting Areas That Aren't Frequently Touched
The fourth mistake to avoid is neglecting spaces that aren't necessarily your normal high-touch areas. High-touch areas in commercial spaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and elevator buttons, are hotspots for germs and viruses and are often the first, and sometimes only, places that get a thorough cleaning. Neglecting to clean and disinfect these other areas can lead to the spread of illnesses - think desks, conference tables, and stairwells. We recommend paying extra attention to all areas when cleaning and disinfecting your commercial space. These areas should be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day.
Mistake #5: Using Dirty Cleaning Tools
The fifth and final mistake to avoid is using dirty cleaning tools. Cleaning tools, such as mops and cloths, can harbor germs and bacteria if not properly cleaned and sanitized.
For cleaning cloths and sponges, it's recommended to wash them after each use. You can do this by hand or in the washing machine with hot water and detergent. It's also a good idea to replace them regularly, as they can harbor bacteria and become less effective over time.
Vacuum cleaners should also be maintained regularly. Empty the dustbin or replace the bag frequently, and clean the filters as recommended by the manufacturer. This will help to prevent clogs and ensure your vacuum is working at its best.
Mops and brooms should be cleaned after each use as well. Rinse them thoroughly with hot water and allow them to air dry. If possible, machine-wash mop heads on a regular basis to keep them clean and fresh.
In addition to cleaning your tools after each use, it's a good idea to deep clean them periodically. This can be done by soaking them in a solution of hot water and vinegar or bleach for several hours, then rinsing thoroughly and allowing them to air dry.
The use of microfiber cleaning cloths helps capture and remove dirt, dust, and germs without the need for harsh chemicals. After cleaning, follow with our EcoPro Laundry detergent to ensure your cleaning tools stay clean.
By avoiding these common mistakes and following our cleaning and disinfecting tips, you can keep your commercial space clean and healthy for your employees and customers.
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