It’s been a year and a half since the world shut down due to COVID-19. During that time, cleaning companies have had to learn about this virus and adapt their best practices to fight it effectively. We’ve learned many things since this unprecedented period of human history began, and we want to share our new knowledge with you.
In this post, we cover the following topics:
- What COVID-19 taught the commercial cleaning industry
- Cleaners are essential workers
- Thorough cleaning is a better option than frequent cleaning
- COVID disinfecting services are necessary
- How to protect your workforce from COVID-19
What COVID-19 Taught the Commercial Cleaning Industry
Our industry gained many new insights from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the following:
Cleaning Professionals Are Essential Workers
When the world shut down, only essential frontline workers were allowed to stay in working environments. Cleaning professionals were part of these essential workers, and we learned how important their services were and still are. Because of this, our industry has had to rethink the way we train our professionals. We’ve realized that we need to go beyond OSHA’s training requirements for cleaning professionals. Training needs to focus more on disinfectant services and the science of how cleaning products remove contaminants from surfaces. Overall, we better understand how important our professionals are and how we need to improve their training.
Thorough Cleaning Is Better Than Frequent Cleaning
Many facility managers increased the frequency of commercial cleaning services for their facilities during the pandemic. However, frequent cleaning sessions aren’t synonymous with more effective cleaning services. In many cases, workers still had to clean the same amount of space as they did before COVID-19, usually 25,000 to 40,000 feet per day. Often, cleaners are forced to skimp on certain tasks or areas to clean those large spaces by the end of their shifts. Why? Because the companies they work for promise clients cost-effective cleaning services.
But cleaning such large areas in a limited amount of time doesn’t make commercial facilities cleaner or healthier for their occupants. If we let cleaning professionals take their time to clean and disinfect commercial spaces, the facilities become healthier for everyone in them. Commercial facility managers need to raise their cleaning budgets by 50% to ensure professionals can deliver thorough cleaning and disinfecting services. When they have more time to perform regular cleaning tasks, cleaners reach more surfaces with disinfection products and do a better job overall.
COVID Disinfecting Services Are Necessary Offerings
COVID-19 is here to stay, so cleaning professionals need to deliver COVID disinfecting services along with their regular disinfecting business offerings. Techniques like electrostatic spraying kill the virus both in the air and on surfaces before it infects people. Cleaning businesses need to learn these methods and provide them to clients to keep their facilities safe from COVID-19.
Want cleaning services that protect your employees and visitors from COVID-19? Connect with Brenner Facility Services today.
How Can You Protect Your Workforce and Facility From COVID-19?
While it’s best to employ a commercial cleaning service to clean your facility’s services, you can also take small steps to keep your facility’s occupants safe and healthy. For example, it’s best to implement policies and procedures for office cleanliness etiquette. Make sure all your employees wash their hands after using the restroom. If your facility is a commercial office setting, small steps like this keep your workforce healthy. But if you run a healthcare center, you’ll have to take additional federally required steps to keep everyone safe. Pay attention to federal, state, and local regulations for facility cleaning in your industry. If you follow all relevant requirements for your industry, you’ll prevent COVID-19 from spreading in your facility.
How Does Brenner Protect Your Workforce From COVID-19?
We offer a wide range of services that limit the spread of COVID-19. We were using electrostatic spraying even before the pandemic’s onset, because we started seeing this service at cleaning industry conferences and realized it had many uses. When the pandemic hit, many other cleaning companies had to learn about electrostatic sprays very quickly, but we were already experts. This gave us an advantage in delivering this disinfection service to our clients.
We also provide office deep cleaning services that are used in tandem with our disinfection services to keep all commercial spaces as clean as possible. These deep cleaning services include:
- High dusting services
- Hard floor deep cleaning
- Carpet deep cleaning
- Restroom deep cleaning
Each of these cleaning solutions goes deep beneath the surface to remove contaminants like COVID-19, other viruses, bacteria, and dust.
Keep Your Workforce Safe From COVID-19 With Brenner Facility Services
We have the services you need to keep your facility clean and safe from COVID-19. We train and certify our cleaning professionals in every service we deliver, including COVID-19 disinfection. We also offer janitorial and day porter services that provide simpler cleaning. These services clean common areas and surfaces in high-traffic areas to prevent contaminants like bacteria from building up and making your workforce sick.
If you need a variety of cleaning services, including COVID-19 disinfection, reach out to us today. We can customize our facility and office cleaning services to meet your specific needs. If you want to focus on cleaning high-touch areas with high dusting, we can adjust your cleaning program to accommodate that. We can also combine our disinfection and deep cleaning services into one program. Whatever your cleaning needs are, we’ll always find a way to meet them.