Although life seems to be going back to normal with the pandemic easing, it is fair to say that normal will not be the same. For instance, some businesses may have gone remote for good, while other institutions may maintain their more meticulous janitorial checklist to keep their property in great shape.
Cleaning practices are among the things that have changed significantly since the pandemic started. It is taken even more seriously these days, as many establishments implement new procedures to keep properties COVID-free. In effect, many cleaning businesses have adapted their practices to ensure their clients receive the best care for their facilities.
Are you a school about to reopen soon? If so, here are the changes you will need to make in your janitorial inspection activities:
1. The cleaning frequency will go up
People have realized the importance of frequently cleaning their belongings and properties. It has proven to be an effective way to slow down and even stop the spread of the virus and other diseases.
If you were only conducting one regular cleaning cycle, you might now be expected to clean twice or even three times a day, depending on your needs. Work closely with your janitorial team to see how you can facilitate multiple cleanings a day without disrupting school activities.
2. Cleaners and disinfectants will be categorized
Cleaners and disinfectants may not have been as essential prior to the pandemic. Now, these products are vital for addressing the virus. In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has been quite clear on how important these two products are.
Cleaners must be used to clean a surface first, followed by a disinfectant to eliminate COVID-19 and other pathogens. If your janitorial team has not been doing this, now’s the time to learn.
3. Equipment will need to be cleaned and replaced
You may be used to having janitors reuse the same equipment throughout the day. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to every cleaning implement. Single-use items, like gloves, must be thrown away and replaced, and equipment needs to be cleaned and disinfected to stop the spread of the virus. Cross-contamination is a real risk, and this is something you must discuss with your janitorial team to ensure you do not put the livelihood of your team and your students at risk.
The above changes are not easy to implement, but they are a must. Because of this, you will need to dedicate a lot of time planning for these changes, and you will need to work closely with your janitorial team to be successful in your efforts.
That being said, If you find it incredibly troublesome to make changes to your janitorial activities, we highly recommend working with a commercial cleaner to do all the cleaning for you instead. They’ll stay up-to-date with the latest cleaning practices and ensure that your school is virus-free to create a safe environment for your students.
AK Building Services is South Florida’s experienced and trusted commercial cleaning provider offering a comprehensive portfolio of janitorial and maintenance services for various organizations. If you need commercial cleaning services for your school, contact us right away!