COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting

The top 7 environmental cleaning practices for infection prevention

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 is at the top of everyone’s priority list. Assessing facility cleaning protocols can help ensure cleaning effectiveness and efficiency. Help your customers revamp their facility’s cleaning protocols with Dustbane’s Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections guide. Share these top 7 tips with your customers to help them keep their facilities cleaner, healthier and safer:

1. Know the Difference: Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting

While these terms are often used interchangeably, it’s important to understand the difference between them. Here’s a look at the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting:

  • Cleaning refers to removing visible dirt from surfaces through friction, and should always be done before sanitizing and disinfecting
  • Sanitizing involves using a cleaning chemical to significantly reduce the number of germs on surfaces
  • Disinfecting refers to completely eliminating germs from surfaces

2. Review Your Cleaning Plan

Designing and evaluating cleaning protocols is a big job, and the right plan will make all the difference in getting it done right. Help your customers determine the areas of their facilities that require more attention – like high-traffic areas that need more frequent cleaning, or areas with equipment that might require specialized training for cleaning teams. Once they know the scope of their facility’s cleaning requirements, you can help them address these requirements with specific cleaning practices or products.

3. Prioritize Proper Handwashing

It just takes 20 seconds with soap and water to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Remind your customers to follow proper hand hygiene with posters that show step-by-step instructions on how to wash and sanitize hands. Download our free Healthy Workplace Communications Kit for printable posters that will help your customers promote a healthy workplace and remind building occupants to observe proper hygiene practices.

4. Assess the Risk Level of Surfaces

Surfaces can be divided into two categories – those with minimal contact (low-touch) and those with frequent hand contact (high-touch). Simply put, high-touch surfaces are high-risk surfaces. High-touch surfaces have a greater likelihood of transmitting germs between people and require more frequent cleaning. Not sure which products best suit your customers’ surface cleaning and disinfecting needs? Talk to one of our R3 product experts for help choosing the right product to expand your selection.

5. Clean According to Surface Risk Level

A surface’s risk level should dictate its required cleaning frequency. Here’s a quick guide on how often to clean:

  • Low risk: Clean according to a fixed schedule and additionally as required
  • Moderate risk: Clean and disinfect or sanitize at least once daily and additionally as required
  • High risk: Clean and disinfect or sanitize after each use, at least twice per day, and occasionally as required

6. Choose the Right Disinfectant

Not all disinfectants are formulated to kill the same viruses and bacteria. In fact, disinfectants have a kill claim that outlines exactly which bacteria they are effective against. Assessing which virus and bacteria pose a risk to your customers’ facility can help them choose a disinfectant that will most effectively eliminate these threats. Help your customers choose products with effectively eliminate bacteria with a contact time that works best for their facility’s cleaning routine.

Download the guide for more information on Dustbane’s disinfectants including UniTab, Vangard, Triple Action, Quat Plus and Oxy-Q! Our R3 product experts can help you build your Jan San assortment with the cleaning and disinfecting products your customers are looking for.

7. Don’t Forget About Floors

Floor can spread viruses, too. Stock disinfectants and innovative floor cleaning equipment as part of your Jan San lineup to help your customers reduce the spread of germs and keep floors looking their best.

Read Dustbane’s Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning Guide for more information on how to help your customers keep their facilities cleaner, healthier and safer.