Cleaning for health is not a new concept. It didn’t grow exclusively out of response to the pandemic. But the circumstances of the last two years have certainly highlighted the ideology and given it additional heft.
The concept of using professionally-offered services in cleaning for healthy environments. In the past it could be for appearance only. Facility executives now have a better understanding. Cleaning can affect the building occupants and business owners want to demonstrate they are doing all they can to protect everyone.
The business itself, beyond the overarching aims of providing a safer environment for employees and customers.
Cleaning for health includes disinfecting services. This can help reduce the potential for spread of dangerous viruses and bacteria. Even outside of a world-wide pandemic, this can have advantages.
For instance, in 2019 — before the pandemic — absenteeism and lost productivity due to illness was estimated to cost U.S. employers approximately $575 billion, or around $3,900 per employee. According to further analysis from the Integrated Benefits Institute, workers missed a combined 1.5 billion days of work due to illness in 2019. The bulk of that time — and the lost productivity and added cost — came from common colds and the flu. While the flu was a non-factor in 2020-21 because of the protocols in place due to the pandemic, it’s expected to potentially return to its normally disruptive levels. the CDC reported approximately 38 million cases of the flu during the season covering 2019-2020.
Cleaning for the sole purpose of appearance is no longer sufficient. Facilities and businesses must adopt a cleaning for health approach. In doing so, restore confidence, uphold brand reputation, and minimize the spread of infectious agents.
Go Professional When Cleaning for Health
In many ways, the ongoing pandemic has redefined cleanliness.
It’s not enough now for windows to be streak free, countertops to be dusted, floors polished, and carpets cleaned. More is asked of commercial cleaning businesses. They must be clean beyond what the naked eye. Organic solutions that adhere to standards developed during the current crisis.
While the COVID-19 virus is understood to spread more easily from person to person. The public expects businesses to take every precaution to uphold cleanliness. In doing so also limit any potential virus spread from surfaces to people. Organizations that demonstrate their dedication to preventative measures during the pandemic, will earn trust. In the process, these organizations also have a chance to set themselves apart for later success.
Thus, not only is visible and consistent cleaning a must, but facilities also need to use effective products and technologies to improve cleaning performance and demonstrate they are taking these services and precautions seriously. Organized, proactive commercial cleaning businesses will have the information needed for best practices, access to approved materials, and will have acquired the training and technologies necessary to provide the attention to detail needed to execute these essential services.
Use Best Practices to Promote a Healthy Building
Regular, consistent cleaning conducted by professional staff has always been one of the core tenets of practicing Healthy Building concepts — ideals that govern the factors that need to be addressed to improve the health of the people in an enclosed space. However, cleaning for health goes a step further by removing some of the harmful elements in such spaces — like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Consider these best practices when selecting commercial cleaning companies to show your commitment to protecting your buildings, facilities, and the people who can be found in both.
Review Cleaning Chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released List N to give clear guidance on the specific disinfectants approved for use in killing the COVID-19 virus.
From ready-to-use disinfectant sprays to disposable wipes, there are many available options. Users can filter the list by the type of environment they’ll be used in, the kinds of surfaces treated, and the contact time needed for each. Given those variables, some will simply perform better than others. Trust your commercial cleaning partner to help you select the best approved chemicals for treating your environment. We use organic cleaning products that are healthy for you and the environment.
Offshore Cleaning Has the Expertise for Cleaning for Health
Offshore has provided needed commercial cleaning and disinfecting services for almost 10 years, and our status as a proven, dependable partner was essential for many organizations in Southern New Jersey and the Atlantic City Area.
We’ve been a leader in the ongoing fight to keep businesses open during the pandemic with regular updates on the best practices needed to disinfect your facilities.