New Normal, New Standards: A Deep Cleaning List for Workplaces

New Normal, New Standards: A Deep Cleaning List for Workplaces

Going back to work soon? If yes, you need a cleaning and disinfection plan for your office. Here's a deep cleaning list for workplaces that can help.

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It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted companies in nearly every industry. In fact, there are even some companies that may never recover from the sharp decline in sales.

For those that are able to weather the storm, a new standard for workplace cleanliness has been established. But, not everyone knows where to begin.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about what your deep cleaning list should include.

Clean First, Then Disinfect

It can be tempting to immediately begin sanitizing everything in your office to destroy any contaminants that may be present. But, it's essential that you thoroughly clean all surfaces first.

Although many people may not be aware of the difference between cleaning and disinfecting, the premise is simple:

  • Cleaning helps minimize the number of contaminants on a particular surface
  • Disinfecting is what kills these contaminants 

In order for the disinfection process to work as it should, you'll need to first extensively clean your office with soap and water. You should first prioritize high-contact areas, such as light switches, phones, doorknobs, keyboards, and handles.

Additionally, ensure that you sufficiently protect yourself when disinfecting. This means both wearing protective gloves and ensuring your workspace is properly ventilated.

How to Handle Outdoor Areas

Unfortunately, properly cleaning outdoor areas of your workspace isn't always straightforward. Interestingly, the CDC has claimed that outdoor work areas don't need to be disinfected.

They should still be cleaned thoroughly, though.

Only surfaces that people frequently touch should be cleaned. Other surfaces (such as the rubber floor of a park) don't need this type of attention.

Additionally, you should avoid both cleaning and disinfecting wooden surfaces, such as benches or tables. Since wood is porous, it's impossible to determine whether or not you've eliminated all of the contaminants that may be present.

So, this process is an inefficient use of both time and resources. 

Develop a Policy

Once you've deep cleaned your workspace, you'll need to develop a policy that establishes a plan for cleaning in the future. Otherwise, you run the risk of your workplace turning into a health hazard for everyone present.

In general, this involves daily or weekly routine cleaning. Deep cleaning should be performed at least once per month (or more frequently if your workplace is notably contaminated).

Minor cleaning tasks involve wiping down countertops/tables, cleaning bathrooms, etc. Keep in mind, though, that you'll likely need to deep clean your facility if one of your employees tests positive for COVID-19.

As long as you're vigilant with this responsibility, it's unlikely that you'll encounter any issues. 

Properly Following This Deep Cleaning List Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn't have to be.

With the above information in mind about what your deep cleaning list should include, you'll be well on your way to keep your business as safe as possible in the future.

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