Tuesday October 6, 2020
Winter is right around the corner and this year’s cold and flu season is only being complicated thanks to COVID-19 and the pandemic we are all dealing with. If you are a business owner, you already know how your productivity and work take a hit every winter with people out because of illness.
This year, that could be even worse. So, it is important to make sure that you thoroughly clean your office as a means of making sure your employees stay healthy.
Here are steps you can take to be proactive about cleaning your offices for the winter:
- Disinfect High Touch Surfaces — Look around your office and identify the areas that are touched the most each day. These will include doorknobs, light switches, telephones, elevator buttons, and computers. Make sure that your cleaning team knows to disinfect these (and any other identified areas) heavily using a spray that is at least 70% alcohol.
- Deep Clean — Besides doing the daily “touch up” cleaning that goes on in all offices, make sure that you schedule a regular deep cleaning of your office. You may also wish to invest in a disinfectant fogger that can be used to spray whole areas with disinfectant.
- Check Your Ventilation — One of the big issues with cleaning an office is making sure that the area is well-ventilated. You might want to consider occasionally opening up the windows to allow natural ventilation. But you should also closely clean your ventilation system to ensure that mold and spores are not trapped in them and being spread around the office making people sick.
- Clean High Traffic Areas — Another area that can trap dirt, dust, and other irritants are your high traffic areas such as welcome mats and the carpeting in your main office. Vacuum these daily and have them deep cleaned regularly to remove irritants that can get into the air and cause breathing difficulty.
In order to protect your employees from illness this year, you should ensure that they have access to hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and a clean office space. This last part is always important, but this year will be even more so with the threat of COVID-19 looming.