COVID-19: Cleaning in the workplace

The world has changed a lot in the past 12 months. Businesses in particular have had to adapt and there’s been a lot to take into account.

Employee safety and workplace hygiene has never been as much of a priority. The standards that were held before the outbreak of COVID-19 are no longer good enough, and businesses have had to up their game. Or have they?

We were interested to know if businesses were making the changes necessary in response to the pandemic, and if so, what were they? So, we put this poll out to our LinkedIn connections. We asked them to vote on what changes their office or workplace had made to its cleaning regime since the outbreak of COVID-19.

As you can see, the majority of businesses who took the poll said that they hadn’t made any changes at all to their cleaning schedules.

Surprising really, since the deadly virus doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon.

It got us thinking that maybe these businesses aren’t aware of the extra precautions they could take and how they could benefit from them. So, we decided to highlight the benefits for you here in this blog.

Additional cleaning

As an office/workplace manager, it’s your responsibility to keep the people you work with safe. This includes taking reasonable steps to protect your workers and others from coronavirus.

Coronavirus can transfer from people to surfaces. It can be passed on to others who touch the same surfaces. Workplaces have many shared surfaces and a lot of constant, daily traffic. Keeping your workplace clean, regularly and consistently reduces the potential for coronavirus to spread and is a critical part of making and keeping your business ‘COVID-secure’.

Implementing additional cleaning in your workplace will help to reduce risk and minimise the chance of cross contamination from surface to person. It’s a good idea to increase how often and how thoroughly you normally have places like the kitchen, toilets and any high touch points cleaned.

For the majority of workplaces, any additional cleaning would be most efficient halfway through the working day i.e. after lunchtime and then again at the end of the day.

Regular Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning, depending on the type of place, is usually something carried out a few times per year, in addition to the regular daily/weekly cleaning.

With deep cleans, all areas are to be cleaning by professionals wearing sterile disposable overalls, hats, masks, gloves and protective footwear. After cleaning with sterilising chemicals. Deep cleaning, especially after a known infection, will ensure that the workplace is safe to return to for all your workers.

Specialist Cleaning

With a lot of businesses preparing for re-opening in the coming months, you’ll want to hire specialist cleaning services to ensure that any harmful germs and bacteria are reduced in your workplace.

With the appropriate equipment and chemicals to eliminate COVID-19 and other viruses, our cleaning operatives will pay detailed attention to high touchpoint and traffic areas throughout the premises, ensuring that the site is hygienically safe.

Not feeling confident with your current cleaning providers? Get in touch with Merco today, for a reliable cleaning company that you can have true confidence in. Take a look around our website for more information about the services we offer. Call 0161 883 0328 for a free quote!