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01 Jun 2021
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Avoid Cross-Contamination When Cleaning

Oftentimes the spread of germs is facilitated by cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is defined as the transfer of bacteria or other microorganisms from one substance to another. Surprisingly, cross-contamination often occurs as a result of cleaning. While this may sound counter-intuitive, poor cleaning practices are a major source of cross-contamination. Professional cleaning companies recognize this fact and put in place procedures and protocols that are designed to mitigate the risk of cross-contamination.

How To Avoid Cross-Contamination When Cleaning

Use Smart Cleaning Processes – Putting cleaning processes in place helps ensure that cleaning duties are performed in a consistent manner. Smart cleaning processes take into consideration the risk of cross-contamination and focuses on taking steps to prevent it.

  1. Always start with a clean pair of gloves and fresh cleaning equipment.
  2. Clean one area at a time.
  3. Always clean from top to bottom, wiping down surfaces with an effective cleaning solution.
  4. Spray disinfectant on all high-touch surfaces like desks, phones, doorknobs and push plates, elevator buttons, counters, railings, and all bathroom surfaces, following manufacturer recommendations for saturation and dwell time.
  5. Finally, clean the floor starting from an inside corner and working your way toward the exit.
  6. Place cleaning cloths, mop heads, and other used cleaning tools in a plastic bag and dispose of your gloves when you finish.
  7. Repeat this process for every area that you clean, never using the same cleaning cloths, mop heads, etc.

Color Code Your Cleaning Supplies – Color coding cleaning supplies is an excellent way to reduce cross-contamination. For instance, always having ample supplies of cleaning cloths in pre-defined colors can help cleaning crews avoid using the same cloth in two distinctly different areas. A simple color-coding system might look like this:

  • Red – Red cloths and equipment marked in red are designated for high-risk areas like toilets and urinals.
  • Yellow – Yellow cloths and equipment are designated for medium-risk surfaces like restroom sinks and countertops.
  • Green –  Green is designated for lower-risk areas such as office areas and non-prep food surfaces.
  • Blue – Blue cleaning supplies are reserved for low-risk surfaces like glass and mirrors.

With a color-coded system like this, you can avoid you can mitigate cross-contamination and more easily monitor workers to ensure they are following protocols.

Choose The Right Tools –  Choosing microfiber over traditional cloths and mop heads is a big step forward in reducing cost-contamination. Traditional cleaning cloths and mop heads are made from absorbent cotton fiber. One study conducted by the University of California Davis Medical Center in collaboration with the EPA that traditional wet loop mops reduced bacteria by 30%, while microfiber mop heads showed a 99% reduction in bacteria.

Microfiber traps bacteria in the fibers of the mop while wet loop mops capture bacteria in the water molecules. Every time a wet loop mop gets dunked in a body of water the bacteria are released, only to be redistributed on the surface being cleaned. Microfiber employs positively charged particles to trap dust particles which is where the bacteria hide. It is a much more effective method for removing bacteria from surfaces.

Like microfiber Hepa filters do a better job of trapping dust particles that harbor germs and bacteria. Traditional vacuums typically employ a cotton or polyester fiber filter that fails to hold the dust as well as the fiberglass and charcoal found in a Hepa filter. Selecting a Hepa filter vacuum will help reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Segregate Cleaning Staff – Assigning designated staff members to areas throughout your facility is a great way to mitigate cross-contamination. Allowing the same individual to clean the restroom and the kitchen can easily create cross-contamination concerns.

People, whether they realize it or not can collect and carry germs and bacteria on their clothing, shoes, hands, and hair. Limiting cleaning crew staff to designated areas helps to reduce the risk of transmission.

Employ A Commercial Cleaning Company – A well-organized and well-managed commercial cleaning company will already have these protocols and procedures in place. They will be fully versed in the use of proper chemicals and equipment, and they understand how to clean and disinfect virtually any surface.

 

 

 

27 Jun 2020
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With the Covid-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc, businesses across the globe are looking for ways to effectively clean and disinfect their facilities. While traditional cleaning and disinfecting processes are still essential, the current viral outbreak demands even more stringent measures. Cold fogging with proper disinfectants is the method of choice for companies seeking a more thorough disinfecting and sanitizing solution. Cold fogging is a process where a disinfectant is put into a machine and atomized into the air. Unlike a spray, a fog saturates the air in a mist and covers every surface in the room. Even hard to reach areas that are typically overlooked with traditional cleaning methods become saturated with a disinfecting fog, effectively killing bacteria, viruses, and germs. Proven effective against influenza, flu, norovirus and SARS.

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The disinfectants used in the cold fogging process are EPA registered to be effective against hard to kill viruses like Covid-19. In addition, these high-level disinfectants kill a huge variety of other viruses, bacteria, and germs as well as mold, dust mites, and fungi. Because the disinfectant remains on surfaces for an extended period of time before breaking down into inert byproducts, it continues disinfecting long after the initial fogging.

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Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) cold fogging is a non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-caustic process that can sanitize an entire room quickly and efficiently. It is safe for use on virtually any surface including fabrics, draperies, glass, wood, stone, and porous and semi-porous surfaces. It is even approved by the FDA for use in food preparation areas and will not stain clothing or fabrics. ULV cold fogging is a safe and effective sanitation you can trust.

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Cold fogging is a process by which liquid disinfectant is atomized, turning it into a fine mist. This creates droplets that are so small that they actually float for a period of time before settling on surfaces. Because of this airborne quality, cold fogging is able to reach areas that typically are overlooked, literally saturating an entire room with disinfectant.

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Cold fogging is one of the most effective methods of disinfection because it reaches areas that are normally overlooked. The chemicals used in our cold fogging process will kill 99.99% of bacteria, germs, and viruses.

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Yes, cold fogging is safe. The chemicals used are non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-caustic. It is safe for use on virtually any surface and is even approved by the FDA for use in food preparation areas.

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Typically a room can be occupied almost immediately after cold fogging (about 10-15 minutes).

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Yes. We encourage after-hours cold fogging as it allows the disinfectant fog to fully dry.

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No. The thin mist that is applied dries fairly quickly and spaces can be occupied and surfaces used almost immediately. Usually 10 to 15 minutes after application.

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No. The cold fogging process is safe for use on virtually and surface. It will not damage furniture or stain fabrics.

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Yes. Unlike deodorizers and air fresheners that simply mask odors, cold fogging kills the bacteria that causes the odor.

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No. It is always recommended that you maintain a regular cleaning and disinfection routine. Cold fogging does disinfect hard to reach areas that are often neglected during regular cleaning regimens.

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Yes. The chemical used in our cold fogging process are known to kill cold and flu viruses. It is also effective against most known viruses and pathogens.

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The novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 is a new strain of a known virus. While there is currently no studies to prove the effectiveness of cold fogging on Covid-19, it has been proven to eradicate other coronavirus strains and is presumed to be just as effective on Covid-19.

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Yes. We recommend residential cold fogging particularly in homes that have been impacted by Covid-19 or other viruses. Post-infection fogging will help to eliminate any residual virus and make your home safe again.

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04 Jun 2020

Going green and clean: Top eco-friendly commercial kitchen and office cleaning tips

Office and Commercial kitchen and cafeteria cleaning don’t need to be back-breaking, noxious-smelling activities to be feared. In this article, we’ll give you some advice on office cleaners, commercial green cleaning products, and go through some ways to save the environment at work.

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We’ll look at:

  • Traditional office and kitchen cleaning supplies
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • The power of steam cleaning
  • The pros and cons of the DIY eco cleaner
  • Deep kitchen cleaning checklist
  • Office cleaning tips
  • Other ways to go eco-friendly in the office

 

Read on to discover how to go green and join other eco-friendly businesses that are helping save the environment.

 

Keeping your kitchen and office clean and tidy is a basic business health and safety requirement. It’s necessary to help keep your employees and customers happy and healthy. There are expert teams out there who specialise in professional kitchen cleaning and office cleaning so you can be confident you’re meeting all the guidelines. But if you’re looking for ways to be green about your cleaning, it may be a good idea to talk to them about the chemicals and equipment they’re using in your workplace.

 

Traditional office and kitchen cleaning supplies

While effective and excellent at killing germs and viruses, a lot of the harsh chemicals used to clean professional workspaces are bad for the environment. Some even contain phosphates, which can be harmful to aquatic life. Others use hydrocarbons and compressed gas, which is terrible for air pollution and global warming. And that’s not even taking into account the single-use plastic and packaging that a lot of these come in.

 

Having a conversation with your kitchen and office cleaners about sourcing more environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies and methods is a simple way you can go green and clean.

 

Eco-friendly cleaning products

People can be sceptical about sanitising offices and cleaning kitchens with green products, but they’re just as effective at removing dirt, grime and bacteria. Swapping to eco cleaners is the first (and easiest) step you can take in your ‘how to be greener’ journey. And what’s great is that there are loads of products out there that fit the bill, such as degreasers, surface cleansers, and even washroom supplies.

 

Using more products like these is responsible, effective and good for the environment.

 

The power of steam cleaning

When it comes to kitchen cleaning and sanitizing, there are so many extra spaces you have to consider. Ceilings can become caked in grease, kitchen ducting can harbour dust, and grates, drains, and sinks can start to smell so much sooner thanks to the fat and food waste siphoned away.

 

There’s a lot of potential for bacteria in a kitchen, so regular deep cleans are necessary to help avoid customer illness and keep your business compliant with all regulations. But these deep cleans don’t need to be full of harsh chemicals and commercial green cleaning products – Steam cleaning is one of the best ways to be green and clean.

 

Steam Cleaners can reach temperatures between 66-149° C, so they’re certainly hot enough to kill germs, melt grease and remove a multitude of stains with zero scrubbing. And there’s not a chemical or cleaning agent in sight. You can steam clean your floors, surfaces, and appliances. They’re ideal for those out-of-reach places too. Just be careful not to use them on anything porous or prone to heat damage.

 

The pros and cons of the DIY eco cleaner

In your eco-friendly cleaner research, you’re sure to come across some do-it-yourself cleaning solution recipes. Vinegar sprays, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda solutions – they’re all well-known for their home-cleaning prowess, but are they suitable for use in commercial kitchens and offices?

 

They’re certainly effective, but having overwhelming vinegar and lemony smells in a kitchen could be confusing for cooks. You need to take into account the time some of these take to work. Some bicarbonate of soda oven-cleaning hacks need overnight soaking to break down stains.

 

Using pantry staples may seem like a low-cost, eco-friendly option for cleaning your kitchen and office, but you’ve got to consider the time spent, any leftover scents, and overall effectiveness. Professionally-produced cleaning products are thoroughly checked for their efficiency – can you say the same for your homemade vinegar/bicarb solution?

 

Deep kitchen cleaning checklist

To help you stay on top of it and to keep those germs at bay – here’s a kitchen cleaning to-do list of things to consider and areas you shouldn’t forget:

  • Think about introducing rubber mats to trap dirt and runaway food – Brush and clean these daily
  • Sweep and mop the floors with eco cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants
  • Clean high-traffic touchpoints like door handles, switches, etc. daily
  • Don’t forget hard-to-reach and inaccessible areas such as ceilings, lighting, shelving, etc.
  • Keeping all your appliances clean will improve efficiency – don’t forget to scrub those seals and shelves
  • Clean the kitchen vents and kitchen ducting regularly.
  • Give the rubbish and recycling bins a clean to reduce smells

 

Office cleaning tips

Offices aren’t as high-maintenance as a commercial kitchen, but there are areas which need special attention as well:

  • Introducing rubber kitchen mats or rugs will trap dirt and spills – you can buy machine-washable ones for ease of use
  • Clean high traffic touchpoints like door handles, switches and desks daily
  • Vacuum regularly and thoroughly clean carpets at least once per year – consider a steam carpet cleaner as a green alternative
  • Keep the fridge and other communal appliances clean to improve efficiency and longevity
  • Clean the inside and outside of the bins to reduce unwelcome smells
  • Encourage staff to keep with workspaces clean. This includes keyboards, monitors, and other equipment.

 

Other ways to go eco-friendly in the office

As well as making your cleaning greener, there are other ways to help the environment at work. For example, adding some plants and greenery to office spaces – they’re great for increasing oxygen levels and they create a welcoming atmosphere. To reduce the use of energy and encourage natural light, keep your windows clean both inside and out. And you could get some recycling bins and only choose reusable cups and plates.

 

Banishing paper towels is another great option – microfibre towels are super absorbent and you can get loads of different kinds of low-energy hand-dryers these days. You should also consider smarter dispensers and sensor taps – they’re much more hygienic and reduce water consumption too.

 

There are so many different ways you can help the environment and keep your commercial kitchens and offices clean, all you need to do is take that first step.