How Our Expectations Have Changed for Hygiene in Public Buildings
August 31, 2023 | AUTHOR: Office Pride
The COVID-19 pandemic temporarily changed many of our usual patterns and lifestyles. However, some changes are here to stay, in a positive way: attention to cleanliness, for one. That attention extends beyond homes into workplaces and public buildings like hotels, restaurants, schools and medical facilities. At Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services, this level of hygiene has always been – and continues to be – our priority.
With heightened awareness of viruses and unseen health threats, consumers have made good hygiene practices a conscious decision. Key findings of market research reported in Chemical & Engineering News, indicate only 31% of consumers expect to disinfect less frequently than they did at the peak of the pandemic. In addition, they expect public buildings to be as clean as their homes.
The new normal of the post-pandemic era calls for greater attention to indoor air quality and disinfection of high-touch surfaces to prevent the spread of pathogens.
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services addresses those concerns with a focus on:
- Air ducts and ventilation
- Floor care
- High-touch surfaces
Air ducts and ventilation
Ensuring air ducts and ventilation systems are thoroughly clean is the first step in improving indoor air quality. Ceiling fans, light fixtures and window shades also need to be wiped down to remove dust and other allergens.
The dirt and germs tracked onto your building’s floors also contribute to poor air quality. Office Pride cleaners vacuum all carpeting and mop all hard floors to remove dirt, allergens and germs. Carpet should be steam-cleaned every year, and tile or wood floors should be stripped and waxed. These specialty services will improve floors’ appearance, as well as preserve their lifespan, and they are also available through Office Pride.
Every workplace has multiple high-touch surfaces, from desks and sales counters to conference tables and refrigerators. Don’t forget light switches, doorknobs and keyboards. Office Pride cleaners routinely wipe and disinfect these surfaces, with special attention given to kitchen and bathroom areas, where mold and mildew are most likely to grow.
For the best impact on air quality and hygiene, surfaces should be cleaned with disinfectant. Office Pride uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved chemicals that kill pathogens that can cause illness, including flu and COVID-19. Chemicals must remain on surfaces for a recommended time, called “dwell time,” to be completely effective, and Office Pride follows all such manufacturer recommendations.
As a leading provider of commercial cleaning services, Office Pride stands ready to help your business meet post-COVID consumer expectations, with hygiene protocols that will help keep employees and customers healthy. Our cleaning teams are professionally trained and work on the schedule you need.
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services is experienced in all types of workspaces, including healthcare facilities, schools, churches, warehouses and, of course, office buildings. Find an Office Pride franchise near you and get a free, custom quote to meet your company’s specific needs.