In addition to helping customers, staff now have to focus on on-going cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day, using disinfecting wipes on high-touch areas. But for next level disinfection to prevent the spread of COVID, or in response to a close-contact or positive test, an electrostatic disinfecting service is the most effective way to get a store back to a safe level.
An often overlooked tool in improving health and productivity for the industrial sector is a comprehensive industrial office cleaning services program which includes illness prevention through daily and pre-scheduled tasks.
Choosing a trusted brand for cleaning services, versus choosing low price, is going to be key to facility managers as we enter the next phase of commercial cleaning.
Like any disaster, there are always companies that appear from the woodwork claiming to be experts in hopes of making a quick buck. This pandemic is proving the same. Companies with zero or little previous history in disinfecting are suddenly claiming to be disinfecting experts and therefore risking the safety of facility occupants.
Choosing low cost over effective disinfecting will create unsafe conditions in the face of COVID-19 and other viruses.
When optics and low price become the priority, everyone’s safety is jeopardized. In order to save a buck, some companies are choosing less effective, unproven methods of disinfecting while continuing to promote the optics of safety to their staff and customers. This is especially worrisome to those that know the difference and are concerned for public health.
Buyers beware! When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting services, your environment may not be as safe as promised.
As a leader in electrostatic disinfecting services, the newest and most effective technology for full coverage disinfecting , we have the advantage of years of practice already behind us. When COVID-19 hit, we were able to help manufacturing facilities, schools, offices and airlines protect staff and customers with our knowledge of methods, chemicals and equipment. As the demand for disinfecting increased, companies that were never part of the disinfecting/cleaning industry suddenly appeared offering all kinds of disinfecting services.
The problem with these late bloomers coming on the scene is that they typically lack the knowledge and expertise to provide the right chemical and delivery method to provide the protection that facilities so badly need at this time.
Inexperience and low quality disinfecting puts everyone at risk.
- Low quality equipment leads to bad results. Inferior equipment, often manufactured in questionable countries by questionable manufacturers do not delivery effective disinfecting. A pump sprayer may be adequate to disinfect a golf cart, but it is not good enough to disinfect an office, school or airplane as they do not provide 100% wrap-around disinfecting coverage.
- The wrong chemical can be harmful. Inexperienced service providers may not know that some disinfecting chemicals can have harmful affects when using certain delivery systems. Also, some disinfectants have been tested to ensure safe application on a variety of surfaces, while others have not. Again, only expert service providers will know the proper chemicals to recommend.
- Not understanding the combination of disinfectant and delivery system can reduce efficacy. Can your service provider tell you the efficacy of their disinfecting based on the chemical coming out of the equipment? If not, find someone who can because it will determine the quality and efficacy of the disinfecting you are paying for.
- Spraying, fogging and electrostatic disinfecting are all different and you should know why. These different deliver methods have different results. Make sure you’re working with a disinfecting company that understands the difference and can make recommendations based on tested results. (For information on these differnt methods, check out this blog.)
Experienced cleaning and disinfecting companies can save businesses from illness and unnecessary costs.
More than any time before, your business relies on cleaning and disinfecting professionals to protect customers and staff from the threat of viruses. An expert cleaning and disinfecting program will also help reduce illness and absenteeism and increase your bottom line. So don’t trust this important service to the fakers and fly-by-nighters. Choose a trusted service provider and you, your people and your business will be much healthier for it.
EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.
This pandemic has rocked all of our worlds. And will continue to for some time yet. But, there’s a small ray of light as we start slowly making our way back to some measure of normalcy by re-opening our businesses and our economies. Now the question is; how do you get back to business while still protecting your people?
Balancing business and safety, for now and for the future.
There are going to be a number of precautions taken as part of this new world. This is going to include the continuation of current practices as well as new ones including:
- social distancing in stores
- reduced capacity in restaurants
- split shifts for workers
- working from home
- regular testing for temperature and illness
- more diligent cleaning and disinfecting in facilities
Enhanced cleaning, including professional disinfecting for infection prevention, is going to be the new norm.
Take these steps to ensure your cleaning programs are effective and can provide the safety and protection your people deserve:
#1: No longer will basic “appearance” cleaning be acceptable. Business owners and managers much now have a broader view of how to best protect building occupants through cleaning and disinfecting. And hang on to your boots . . . this may mean spending more to get a better quality cleaning program. Moving forward, budgeting for cleaning that only does that does the bare minimum will be hazardous.
#2: Disinfecting services will be the new norm. The old spray/wipe method will not cut it for many businesses, particularly for high traffic facilities such as arenas, recreations centres and gyms, and for buildings hosting compromised patrons, such as nursing homes. Innovative methods, such as electrostatic disinfecting which provides 100% wrap-around coverage of touch surfaces, is going to be the gold standard in infection prevention and control.
#3: Seek out cleaning and disinfecting professionals. As with any crisis, there is always a flood of fly-by-night companies that start offering in-demand services. This is already happening in the specialized disinfecting arena. Suddenly, everyone is claiming to offer disinfecting. Do your homework. Ensure any company you consider hiring has expertise and credentials in the cleaning and disinfecting field. Ask about their methods, their experience, the type of delivery system and chemicals being used.
COVID-19 has brought many issues to light, one of them being the value that cleaning companies and janitorial services provide.
“It is one bright spot—cleaning is getting a much broader awareness and respect,” says Matt Vonachen, director with the ISSA (worldwide cleaning industry association) board of directors . “The community is going to understand the importance of cleaning and how cleaning is tied to healthy people.”
If you’d like more information on effective cleaning and disinfecting for infection prevention for your business, contact EFS Clean today.
EFS Clean provides trusted commercial and office cleaning services, and is the industry leader in electrostatic disinfecting services including aircraft disinfecting at YYC Calgary, YEG Edmonton and YYZ Toronto. A Calgary owned and grown cleaning company, cleaning for health and contributing to our community since 2005. Services offered: janitorial services, electrostatic disinfecting, ceiling cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning and care, carpet cleaning, high reach cleaning and supply management.