Why You Need to Keep Your Workplace Cleaner Than Ever in 2021
January 4, 2021 | AUTHOR: Tammy Wright
2020 will be remembered as a year when cleaning and disinfecting played a major role on the world’s stage. One thing we know about 2021 is that cleaning and disinfecting will remain front and center.
You may have heard more discussion of disinfection than you did in the past, especially when there was a surge in demand for disinfecting wipes at your local grocery. Thorough cleaning and disinfecting practices have been critical in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. But, even with approved vaccines and a more hopeful outlook for this year, cleaning and disinfecting remain as important than ever moving forward.
Every year brings a new round of flu season; we are at the height of it right now! Regular cleaning and disinfecting helps to protect you and the team in your office from sharing flu and other respiratory illnesses that are more prevalent in the cooler months.
Late spring or early summer may bring with it the end of the pandemic, or at least bring the end within reach – but for many, that’s also the beginning of allergy season. Thorough office cleaning will help you keep dust and other allergens to a minimum and lessen the chances of summer colds. And then it will be autumn again, and the cycle will start anew.
Cleaning and disinfecting will always be key to maintaining a year-round healthy workplace.
How can we get back to normal?
After the unprecedented events of 2020, we are all eager to return to life as we knew it before COVID-19. Many experts, however, talk about looking toward a “new normal.” The new normal will keep deep cleaning and disinfecting in the spotlight, as more people have become acutely aware of how important it is to clean for good health and not just for appearances.
There’s a difference between “cleaning” and “disinfecting.” Cleaning lifts dirt from surfaces, keeping them sanitized and looking good. Cleaning also paves the way for disinfectants to work effectively. Disinfecting actually kills the germs that can make people in your office sick.
Greater attention to routine cleaning and a rigorous disinfecting program will help your office return to normal – and that could mean a healthier normal. Fewer illnesses will mean fewer sick days and increased productivity for your team.
Can commercial cleaners help keep us safe?
In 2021, your business’s new normal should include frequent cleaning, sanitization and disinfecting services from a reputable commercial cleaning service such as Office Pride. Not only will regular, high-quality cleaning contribute to your team’s overall health, it will provide peace of mind as more people return to work in an office environment again.
Office Pride has always cleaned for health and wellness, because we understand that surface cleaning is only part of the solution to keeping people safe. Cleaning crews are trained in the proper use of chemicals approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses. Regular disinfection of high-touch areas can help to create a cleaner, safer work environment.
Additionally, many Office Pride franchises have invested in technology such as electrostatic sprayers and misters, which have become the new standard in infection control. An electrostatic sprayer or mister allows technicians to disinfect common areas, personal spaces and hard-to-reach corners and crevices. The electrostatic process evenly covers surfaces with a commercial-grade disinfectant that has a five-minute dwell time, the time that a disinfectant must sit on a surface to kill germs. Because electrostatic application is touchless, it also reduces the risk of cross-contamination.
Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services’ professional cleaners provide high-quality cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting services to help keep your workplace clean and healthy in the coming year. Check out Office Pride’s franchise locations or call 888-641-2310 to request a free custom quote for your cleaning and disinfecting needs.