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Industry News & Fact-based Insights
Industry News & Fact-based Insights
Three discoveries that may provide some positive momentum.
Discovery 1: LEADERSHIP
At PSCS we consciously adapted to help find our way through the confusing pandemic. As an essential business, we felt our responsibility to lead by helping reduce the spread of the disease and provide for cleaner, safer, and healthier work environments, which were needed more than ever. We knew that as a community we could lift one another. We knew that people were the top priority. A reminder of our highest purpose crystalized is why Peach State Cleaning Solutions exists.
Discovery 2: RELIABLE SOURCE
As a company, we believe in helping and supporting people in everything we do. We reviewed CDC and EPA updates and offered our help & expertise by providing consulting services, at no cost, to business owners and their staff to mitigate the spread of the pandemic. So much of the information out there was confusing or inaccurate. We created newsletters, blogs, and info-sheets about COVID-19 and a range of other topics critical to cleaning and disinfecting. We had the opportunity to help so many people and organizations. Our goal was (and is) to be a source for accurate, honest, simplified, and accessible information.
Discovery 3: TOGETHER, WE CAN DO EVEN BETTER
2020 has opened everyone’s eyes to the importance of cleaning and disinfecting, as well as recognizing our frontline cleaning professionals. Let’s continue to celebrate and highlight essential workers well beyond 2021. There’s no doubt there will be challenges ahead. But 2020 has given us a precious gift. It’s a powerful reminder that people are the purpose and that we are here to help you create a cleaner, safer, and healthier future.
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Enlisting professional help for commercial disinfection services is essential.
PAY ATTENTION TO PREPARATION AND POST-SERVICE PLANS
The company you work with must properly clean before their technicians begin disinfection and sanitation services. This foundational work should include assessing all areas for frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, drawers, kitchen appliance handles, and light switches. Then, the team should remove dust and dirt from these items prior to the treatment. Additionally, after treating your space, companies should survey areas for spots they may have missed during the process. These steps show commitment to quality service and dedication to you, your team members, and your clientele.
CONSIDER THE CLEANING AGENTS
When it comes to disinfecting and sanitizing a workspace for dozens of people, you probably want to know that the products they use are effective. Familiarize yourself with the types of cleaning agents that the company you choose will use to treat surfaces. Ensure the company uses professional-grade products suggested by reputable institutions, such as the CDC and EPA. Also, see if you can hire a disinfection company that actively supports environmental friendliness and utilizes green products.
EFFECTIVELY USES TECHNIQUES IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC, EPA, AND OSHA REGULATIONS
If we had to rate our advice, prioritizing expertise would be one of our most crucial tips for choosing the right disinfection company. Ideally, you want to partner with an established company that offers numerous years of experience and possesses a very positive reputation. Plus, you’ll need to confirm that the technicians wear PPE and effectively use techniques in accordance with CDC, EPA, and OSHA regulations. Further, opt for insured and bonded professionals, as they will prioritize your needs as well as your safety.
TALK WITH THE TRAINED TECHNICIANS
Speaking of experienced technicians, if you’re ready for an exceptional team to disinfect and sanitize your facility, don’t hesitate to contact us. Peach State Cleaning Solutions provides commercial disinfection services to clinics, medical offices, and many other settings. You can trust that our technicians will treat every surface so that your employees—as well as your customers or clients—stay happy and healthy. We even offer you an opportunity to customize our approach! If you want personalized service from a preferred company, give us a call today.
Finding the right cleaning company for you.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Often, getting started is the hardest part of finding the right janitorial company. In most areas, there are many companies that offer commercial cleaning services, so it can be overwhelming to narrow the options down to a manageable shortlist. In many cases, the internet is the best place to start doing research. Cleaning services’ official webpages and reliable consumer review sites all offer valuable insight into how various cleaning businesses operate.
Once you’ve created a list of local companies that seem as if they might meet your needs, it’s time to start contacting them with specific inquiries regarding their services. The first thing you should ask about are references. Reputable commercial cleaning businesses should have lists of references they are happy to provide to potential clients. When you contact these references, you will be able to ask important questions about a particular company’s service offerings, from their level of professionalism to their culture and responsiveness.
The type of insurance an office cleaning company carries is very important. You need to know that you, as their client, will not be on the hook if something happens to a janitorial employee on your premises. If, for example, a worker accidentally trips down the stairs in your building, you won’t be liable for medical costs if the cleaning business has liability insurance coverage. Asking to see proof of insurance before you hire an office cleaning vendor is a wise move. It is also essential to learn what sorts of insurance are required by your state. Thus, any company that doesn’t abide by state laws and standards should be removed from your list of choices.
Different commercial cleaning companies use different types of cleaning supplies. Before you proceed with hiring a company, make sure you talk to them about the products they have available. Some janitorial services use only conventional cleaning products while others chose green cleaning products. If any of your staff members have allergies, or you have a strong preference for eco-friendly cleaning solutions, this will be a crucial aspect of your decision-making process.
EXPERTISE IN YOUR SECTOR
Medical cleaning, for instance, is more involved than merely cleaning an office building on a weekly basis. Safety training is a priority in medical facilities because cleaners run into issues that are unique to that industry. Additionally, having a focus on cleaning high-touch areas such as exam rooms, patient rooms, and restrooms is critical. Specialty training including cleaning technician certifications establish the cleaning company as an expert.
QUALITY VS QUANTITY
The biggest area where you see quality over quantity prevail is in the auto industry. Trying to compete on price can mean choosing between an inferior car with more repairs, vs a more superior car with a full warranty. Many do not understand how cleaning companies quote their services. To compete in pricing, numerous cleaning companies will underestimate the amount of time it takes to clean in order to quote the lowest price. However, when a business underestimates the amount of time it takes to clean your business thoroughly-just to gain your services, the cleaning will undoubtedly be lacking.
PEACH STATE CLEANING SOLUTIONS CAN HELP
We know the process of picking a commercial cleaner can be daunting. That’s why the team at PSCS aims to make it as easy as possible for potential clients. We are here to answer all of your questions and help you customize what services are truly right for you.
To schedule your free quote appointment, call us today or visit our contact page. We will customize a cleaning plan that suits your needs perfectly, whether you run a small business or a division of a large corporation.
Bloomberg just published an article that reinforces concerns over rampant use of disinfectants.
“Cleaners tend to go in with hugely toxic chemicals. We’re creating another problem for a whole group of people, and I’m not sure we’re actually controlling infections.” – Dr. Claudia Miller
Another area of concern is the use of electrostatic sprayers. Although this can be an efficient way to cover large areas quickly, very few of the products on List N are approved to be used in these sprayers, and the risks of this method of application are still being studied for disinfectants in general.
What Disinfectants Should I Use to Combat COVID-19?
1. Seek out disinfectants with a favorable toxicity profile. Check out their ingredients and potential risks. Every product Peach State Cleaning Solutions uses has a relevant SDS sheet, and can also be found on the EnvirOx website.
2. There are no products on List N that aren’t Disinfectants. You MUST still incorporate cleaning products into your cleaning. It’s more important than ever to use cleaning products that do not have their own toxic components. Use green-certified or EPA-registered cleaning products that will help prepare surfaces for disinfectants and clean up the residue left behind by those disinfectants.
Guidelines for effective and responsible COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting practices for occupant health and safety.
As we are facing the new normal, government organizations like the CDC have come together to give us real-time updates and best practices to continue to be safe. This includes guides focused on cleaning versus disinfecting, targeted to teach people how to best disinfect coronavirus. As a best practice, the CDC has approved a disinfection process, by utilizing EPA registered and approved chemicals, reducing the risks associated with COVID-19 and limit its spread.
These chemicals require that a surface be cleaned first. Once dry, the surface should then be sprayed with an approved EPA disinfectant which is believed to be the most effective at eradicating the virus that causes COVID-19.
For example, by wiping the surface, the friction caused by the application of the disinfectant with towels ensures maximum contact with the virus, which will lead to the greatest risk reduction.
Simply ‘FOGGING’ could be a serious violation because “fogging” an area with a disinfectant does not meet EPA-registered label requirements without proper pre-cleaning and may be a violation of federal law. More importantly, improper application of the disinfectant can lead to a false sense of security, an increase in health hazards and not be effective at reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
The CDC has NOT deemed the “fogging” method as the most effective way to combat COVID-19, as it doesn’t clean the affected surface.
COVID-19 Cleaning & Disinfection is an extremely serious situation and we understand that the health and safety of you, your family, and employees are on the line. Don’t take any chances; call in the professionals.
Cornavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What do we need to do if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a person who either an employee or has visited my facility?
Answer: We believe that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the authority on responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Their recommendation is to first remove the infected person from your facility. We recommend that they follow their route of entry on their way out and that you provide them with a surgical-type mask to keep them from spreading the virus through coughing and sneezing. Next, isolate the areas that the person visited and remove your employees and others from those areas.
Question: Can we use a room fogger to disinfect SARS-CoV-2?
Answer: While a room fogger may be effective at disinfecting some viruses and bacteria, the CDC currently does not have foggers listed in their disinfection procedure for SARS-CoV-2. The CDC recommends a two-step process that begins with a cleaning of the surface first, followed by disinfection with an EPA Registered disinfectant with virus kill claims.
Question: How long can the virus survive on a surface? Can’t I just wait for it to die and avoid cleaning and disinfecting?
Answer: The CDC reports that the virus has been detected in the air for as much as 3 hours after it is aerosolized and up to 17 days on some inanimate surfaces. Not all surfaces have been tested and it is not yet know how much of the virus material is required to contract COVID-19. CDC currently does not have enough information about SARS-CoV-2 to be able to make a definitive statement on how long to quarantine an area for it to be reduced to an acceptable risk level. For these reasons, the cleaning and disinfection processes described by the CDC continue to be the recommendation of PSCS.
Question: Can our own employees do the disinfection of the facility?
Answer: There is no restriction against an employer cleaning and disinfection their own facility; however, there are certain regulatory requirements that must be met in order to be in compliance with OSHA and EPA regulations:
>OSHA has recently issued a pamphlet entitled, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. This document is valuable source of information for employers who want to address the COVID-19 situation. It will help identify at risk employees and provide risk mitigation strategies to employ.
In addition to Cleaning & Disinfecting, what can an employer do to decrease the spread of Disease in the Workplace?
Employers can also:
In-home Patient Care and Patient Separation Plays a Crucial Role in Coronavirus Prevention
Consider the strategies to prevent patients who can be cared for at home from coming to your facility. Additionally, consider adjusting your hours of operation to include telephone triage and follow-up of patients during a community outbreak. Use your telephone system to deliver messages to incoming callers about when to seek medical care at your facility, when to seek emergency care, and where to go for information about caring for a person with COVID-19 at home.
If seeking care at your facility, separate patients with respiratory symptoms so they are not waiting among other patients.
Identify a separate, well-ventilated space that allows waiting patients and visitors to be separated.