If you are a business owner or a landlord, it’s important to be more diligent than ever with your property’s sanitary conditions by cleaning and disinfecting your commercial building. This will help reduce the spread of the viruses like coronavirus, and keep your staff and tenants safe.
Even if your renters are all self-quarantining and staying indoors, or if your business is temporarily shut down or staffed by a skeleton crew, regularly sanitizing your property is vital during these trying times. For step-by-step instructions to print out and give to your crew, click here.
How to clean and disinfect
To clean your commercial building, make sure you use water and soap. Scrub down every surface, but especially high-touch surfaces like:
- light switches
After you clean each area, it’s time to disinfect. Use an EPA-registered disinfectant for best results. Follow the instructions listed on the disinfectant. Remember to always wear safety gear like gloves and eye protection when disinfecting surfaces.
If you don’t have access to one of the EPA-registered disinfectants, any alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol is a good substitute. As is a diluted bleach solution (using ⅓ cup of bleach per gallon of water).
Safety precautions when cleaning
Wear disposable gloves.
When you handle items that could potentially be covered in coronavirus, it’s important that you wear all the protective gear necessary. This includes disposable gloves, gowns, eye goggles, and face shields. This applies to all cleaning and disinfecting duties, especially when you’re handling the trash.
Wash your hands a lot.
As soon as you remove your gloves after disinfecting, wash your hands. Not sure when the last time you washed your hands? When in doubt, wash your hands. Scrub using soap and water for 20 seconds. Get in between each finger and around your wrists. Don’t forget your thumbs! Not sure how long 20 seconds is? Sing “Happy Birthday” twice, and that should do the trick!
Don’t have access to soap and water? Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used. With the hand sanitizer, also rub it in your hands for 20 seconds to get maximum benefit.
What to clean and disinfect
Clean drapes, carpets, and rugs. Clean all soft surfaces with soap and water. Launder items in hot water and laundry detergent, if you can. If you want to take extra precautionary steps, use the EPA-registered disinfectants.
Before cleaning electronics like computers, keyboards, televisions, or remote controls, make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting. Use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizing sprays with at least 70% alcohol. Make sure to dry surfaces thoroughly before plugging in or turning on. Consider covering all electronics in a wipeable cover for easier cleaning in the future.
Fabric and laundry
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), wear disposable gloves when washing clothes, fabrics, and other items from infected people. When you’re placing items into the washing machine, do not shake out the items. You can wash infected people’s items with the items from non-infected people. Wash items on the hottest setting allowed by the fabric to ensure the coronavirus is killed. Clean and disinfect any hampers or receptacles the clothes and items were in. When you’re done, remove the gloves and wash your hands right away.
Professional Disinfecting Services
If you don’t want to clean your commercial property yourself, or put your staff in danger, you might want to hire an outside professional team. Alpha Omega Pros Cleaning and Disinfecting Services can help keep your commercial building safer during the virus outbreaks, like COVID-19. They offer sanitizing and deep cleaning services, mainly for commercial clients and large facilities. They use ULV fogging machines, cleaning the high touch points first, and then following with contact cleaning. All products are EPA-approved, and they follow the CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment and products, as well. They have disinfected areas as small as vehicles to as big as large office buildings.
Has Your Business Been Affected By Illness?
Contact Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration. We are still open, and here to help you sanitize your items. Our team offers emergency response plans and clean-up, to help you more easily get through these difficult times. We are available 24/7, 7 days a week. We are a professional disaster restoration company that employs industry experts who are seen as trusted advisors. We’ll manage the recovery of your property damage by dedicating ourselves to honesty, integrity, reliability and producing a superior-quality service. We strive to continually challenge ourselves through learning, development, and accountability through industry relations.
Alpha-Omega is the leading disaster restoration and cleaning company serving Billings, MT and surrounding areas.