A Collective Cleaning Effort- Common Places Where Viruses Gather
With the ongoing corona virus pandemic effecting nearly every industry, cleanliness and proper sanitization has become more important than every before. Previously, the average person would glance over facts about how many germs linger on common public surfaces, and still only do a quick 10 second hand-washing (sometimes without soap). However, those same people now have a religious routine with products like hand-sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and lots of bleach. Of course, relying on individuals to keep themselves and their environments clean is still rather risky, and thus the use of industrial cleaning services is important in professionally maintaining commercial/ and retail areas.
What Professional Cleaning Does Differently
Viruses are found in many commonly touched items in public places. Find out where, and how professional cleaning services are an essential line of defense against microbes. Professional or ‘industrial’ cleaning differs from simple janitorial services. This is referenced in more detail in the ‘Janitorial Services and Commercial Cleaning ‘article-
The main point is that viruses and germs are everywhere, and without the proper tools, can be easy to miss. Such a mistake as using casual cleaning in the modern situation is dangerous.
Where do germs/ viruses populate?
A good example of commonly infected spaces is found in office spaces. Offices are usually filled with numerous doorknobs, keyboards, phones, pens, taps, and light switches, all of which are commonly grazed surfaces by many people. Keyboards in particular commonly contain E.coli, and staph in amounts higher than a toilet seat. With such a commonly used tool being dirtier than an actual waste disposal system, it puts into perspective the danger microbes can pose in any workplace. The same can be said for smartphones, which are also seven times dirtier than a toilet seat, as well as a common vector for viruses and bacteria to transmit into hosts. This is because all of the aforementioned areas of infection (doornknobs for example) are touched by multiple employees, who then routinely check their phones. It is almost unheard of for people to regularly sanitize their phone screens, and thus it is easy to draw a conclusion from this.
In offices, it is always prudent to wear disposable gloves, while going over the above high-touch surfaces (phones, switches, doorknobs, keyboards/ screens, toilets, faucets) with soap and water. A second layer of disinfectant is needed after this, as well as a change of gloves. With this in mind, here is a list that further delves into these common (and novel) bugs, and how long they remain on surfaces for.
The common cold – This refers to approximately 200 strains of virus, all of which can stay on a surface for about a week, while only being able to survive on human hands for a few seconds- minutes. Despite this, the virus is extremely contagious, hence why it has stayed as a yearly tradition for most people. It should be noted that the length of time these viruses can survive depends on the strain. Above all, the same tactic of regular hand-washing by individuals, as well as a thorough cleaning with disinfectant can neutralize the threat of this virus.
Stomach viruses (Salmonella, Norovirus, E.coli)
These viruses can last up to four hours or more on surfaces, with the Norovirus being able to last for days. A good disinfectant wipe and soap/water combination will kill the virus; however, hand-held sanitizers are not powerful enough to deal with them, hence the need for professional cleaning for optimal safety.
The flu is relatively long-lasting and can survive on surfaces for 24 hours or longer, which makes it easily transferable through physical contact. Other than hand washing, active cleaning of surfaces is very important for stopping the transmission of the flu, as surface-contact is the main method of spread.
Studies are still being done on the virus and how long it lasts on surfaces for, however it has been recorded to have survived on surfaces for two-weeks while remaining contagious. For specific materials in the office space (plastic) the virus supposedly remains for 3-7 days, which still poses a significant risk. This is just an overview. For detailed information about the novel coronavirus, visit this article for specific reading https://www.jdicleaning.com/health-and-safety-guidance-during-covid-19-for-employers-of-office-settings/
The take-away from this is that viruses and micro-organisms are nasty little creatures which are very difficult to fight, especially if uncoordinated. With examples of people who lapse/ or refuse to follow proper social distancing, it is evident that the latter statement has been made obvious. This is why alongside an individual’s proper hand-washing and disinfecting, it is important to employ professional cleaning services to keep a coordinated attack on these viruses. Each person has their own duties, their own personal lives, their own stresses, and their own desire to eat lunch after hours of hard work. It is not possible to rely on each individual person’s alertness, as this is simply not human. That is why professional cleaners who at least focus on cleansing the common hot-spots of viruses/bacteria are so important in preventing the spread of diseases. We’re all in this together, and it is better to be prepared, and plan properly with the right professionals.