Make cleaning a priority this flu season

Stop germs in their tracks during the flu season.

Stop germs in their tracks during the flu season.

It’s cold and flu season, which means you should be bringing in extra cleaning carts through your office to make sure you’re disinfecting all of the heavily-trafficked areas to prevent the spreading of germs. Whether it’s in a school, the doctor’s office or at work, chances are peers are sick, and it’s important to keep others from catching the illness.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that now is the time for public buildings to ramp up their efforts in disinfecting heavily trafficked areas. The news provider suggests paying extra close attention to door handles, railings, drinking fountains and any communal spaces. Even if a person doesn’t appear to be showing symptoms at the time, they could be unknowingly spreading germs to their peers. Trying to stay ahead of the game and constantly cleaning can help these issues from spreading.

U.S. News and World Report suggests knowing your germ hotspots so you can direct the cleaning crew where to focus when they’re going through their cleaning routine. Try and also leave tissues and hand sanitizer around the workplace to encourage people to use them and keep their germs from spreading. This is a great way to stop bacteria in between when the cleaning crews come in.

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Choose ceramic tiles for durability and ease of cleaning

Keep your tiles looking new.

Keep your tiles looking new.

Ceramic tiles are a popular choice for building managers when trying to choose their flooring, because they don’t require a lot of care. Just having a crew come in with cleaning carts a few times a week will have your floors looking as good as new.

News Day reports that ceramic tiles are popular because they’re durable and can withstand a lot of tread. The news provider suggests sweeping a few times a week before taking a mop off your cleaning cart to get them sparkling like new. The news provider says it’s good to get rid of the loose dirt first, because otherwise the mop will just push it around into the crevices of the tiles.

You don’t need to use heavy duty cleaning solutions either, as Better Homes and Gardens reports that baking soda and water will work just as well. The news provider reports that this will help remove any grout. Have you cleaning crews leave it on particularly troubled areas of the floor over night before returning in the morning and removing with a stiff nylon brush. This will help reduce the amount of grout on your tile floors and have them looking brand new again.

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Know that's in your cleaning products.

Know that’s in your cleaning products.

When you have a professional cleaning crew using chemicals to disinfect your office space, you may not realize exactly what’s in the product. Cleaning carts are filled with solutions, but there has been a lot of concern about overexposure and what that can mean for those in charge of disinfecting the space.

However, governing bodies are stepping in to provide more transparency when it comes to what’s in cleaning products. WebMD reports California recently became the first state to require to list specific chemicals used in cleaning solutions. This was done in an effort to provide more transparency to consumers and help them understand the potential environmental and health implications of using the specific solutions. The source reports that these ingredients must be listed on the products’ websites by the year 2020 and then on labels the following year.

There are things building managers can do to help reduce the health and environmental impact cleaning products can have. For starters, they can request that their cleaning crews use ecofriendly products, which are less harsh and often do the job just as well. According to Natural News, because people on average spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, it’s critical to reduce the amount of chemical concentration in cleaning products to avoid overexposure.

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Prevent the spreading of germs in doctor’s offices

Work to prevent the spreading of germs between patients.

Work to prevent the spreading of germs between patients.

When heading to the doctor’s office, many patients are battling illnesses of their own, which means germs can run rampant. Bringing in a professional crew with cleaning carts filled with disinfectants can help stop germs in their tracks, but offices may want to consider educating their patients on how they can prevent themselves from becoming susceptible to germs.

The New York Times reports that even though many doctor’s offices have toys for children to play with, in an effort to prevent the spreading of germs, parents may want to consider bringing their own toys from home. This way, kids with germs can avoid using communal toys and spreading their bacteria, while healthy kids who come in for a routine checkup don’t have to come into contact with toys that may have bacteria growing on them.

The National Institutes of Health reports you should try and wash your hands as much as possible, particularly if you’re escorting a child to the doctor’s office. The news provider also reports if you or the child is particularly sick, let the receptionist know the situation, as they may be able to provide you with a separate waiting area to prevent the further spread of infection to other patients.

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Your coffee break could be a way to spread germs

Clean the break room on a regular basis for healthy employees.

Clean the break room on a regular basis for healthy employees.

Do you have a cleaning crew come through and do a deep clean of your office kitchen on a regular basis? The highly trafficked area of the office is also a popular hot spot for germs, so it’s important to send in the professionals with cleaning carts filled with disinfecting supplies.

NDTV reports that a worker’s coffee break could be a new way to get germs, whether they realize it or not. The news provider reports that coffee cups were more likely to contain bacteria before use and 100 percent more likely after cleaning them with a kitchen sponge or dish rag. Because this is typically used on so many dishes and by so many different people, cleaning could actually be a quick way to spread germs.

The news provider suggests using a dishwasher whenever possible to make sure the coffee cups are cleaned without further contamination.

Time Magazine reports there are a lot of spots in the office kitchen that could use the attention of professional cleaning crews, including sink faucets, appliance handles and vending machine buttons. Having a cleaning crew come in to disinfect on a regular basis could help the spread of germs, keeping your employees happy and healthy.

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Make workplace cleanliness an employee concern

Keep cleaning a priority for both the professionals and your employees.

Keep cleaning a priority for both the professionals and your employees.

Do you instill a culture of cleanliness in the workplace? It goes beyond bringing in a professional crew with cleaning carts, although that should be done on a regular basis to reduce the amount of bacteria in the air. You want to make sure that your employees take cleaning seriously, as it can show respect for their fellow coworkers.

According to Forbes, 57 percent of employees admit they’ve judged a coworker based on their messiness. The news provider suggests coming up with limits for storage. For example, once a bookshelf is completely filled, give a book away. This can also be done with the containers in the kitchen. By creating a replacement system, clutter can be kept under control.

Monster suggests management also schedule cleanup days which gives employees a couple of days a year to go through the entire office and do a deep clean. This means getting rid of any items that may no longer have use or even taking the time to deep clean the surfaces. The source also suggests encouraging employees to think about safety, and if they have a particularly cluttered workspace, that it is not creating a hazard for themselves, their coworkers or the building.

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Think about health when cleaning

Eco-friendly cleaning can benefit your staff.

Eco-friendly cleaning can benefit your staff.

When trying to keep the building clean, many professional crews rely on a number of products on their cleaning carts to not only polish surfaces, but also stop bacteria in its tracks. However, some chemicals could be harsher than others, putting both the cleaning crew and every day staff at risk when inhaling fumes.

You may want to think about environmentally-friendly cleaning products that are still appropriate for professional use but won’t impact the ecosystem. The Guardian reports that using some of the harsher cleaning products, such as bleach, could increase one’s chances of developing certain medical conditions.

Not only could using eco-friendly cleaning products benefit health, they could also save you money. According to iSustainable Earth, products that claim to go green can be less expensive than ones with harsher chemicals. You just need to do your research and determine which ones are effective in stopping germs in their tracks. Ask your cleaning crews for their professional opinions on what works for both cleaning and bacteria prevention and see if there is something you can do to make your cleaning products more eco-friendly. You could also ask your crews to make their own cleaning solutions with the likes of lemons and vinegar, which are known cleaning products.

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Keep a clean office for mental and physical health

Cleaning benefits your employees in a number of ways.

Cleaning benefits your employees in a number of ways.

You spend a lot of your life in an office, so you want to make sure you’re feeling comfortable every time you take a seat at your desk. You may not realize it, but if you don’t have a crew of professionals coming in every so often with cleaning carts and organizing the workplace, it could affect your productivity.

Shape reports that an organized workspace is linked to higher productivity. Because you’re spending less time searching for things you need to get the job done, you’re more likely to be efficient while staying on task. However, the source is quick to point out that it can depend on the personality. For example, if you’re a creative worker and like to have a lot of personal items on your desk, then cleaning it too much might do more harm than good.

However, a clean office can also benefit employee health. Bangor Daily News reports a cleaner working environment can ultimately lead to a healthier life, because it helps reduce the chances of spreading bacteria with dirty surfaces. Just make sure your cleaning crew has the right disinfectants to stop germs in their tracks and also cleanup spills that occur in highly trafficked areas such as the kitchen.

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Be sure you’re using your mop to its potential

Are you keeping the mop sanitary?

Are you keeping the mop sanitary?

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to cleaning. Preferring certain brands or methods can be common, but many organizations will typically leave it up to professionals with cleaning carts to take care of a building’s maintenance needs. However, if you’re a building manager and have heard some common misconceptions about cleaning, you’re not alone.

According to Realtor.com, one of the common cleaning myths is that mops just simply move dirt around and don’t actually address the problem. However, the news provider reports investing in a high-quality mop with microfibers can help ensure the dirt clings on, removing grime from the floor. Just make sure to thoroughly rinse the mop after each use and have a bucket for dirty water and one with cleaner in it.

In addition to taking care of the floors with the mop, you need to keep up with regular mop maintenance to keep it lasting longer. The Spruce reports after each mop use, you want to thoroughly rinse it out and then allow it to fully dry before you put it back into storage. This can help prevent bacteria from growing on the mop head. Try to store it outdoors if it’s possible, as this can speed up the process.

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A busy school year doesn’t have to mean dirty floors

Stay up on cleaning the floors.

Stay up on cleaning the floors.

The school year brings a lot of hustle and bustle to the hallway, and while you may have cleaning crews that come through every night to take care of routine cleanup, general foot traffic can create a problem on the floors.

Whether your school has tile or carpet, the floors should be in as pristine condition as possible to keep the entire building looking fresh. However, with every break in between classes, this can become harder to achieve. According to American School & University Magazine, the fall is particularly difficult to maintain floors because students are frequently tracking in leaves and dirt on the bottoms of their shoes. The news provider reports even the strongest janitorial staffs can find challenges with keeping the floors up for appearances.

The news provider reports you should have multiple cleaners on the cleaning carts, because schools frequently don’t have the same flooring throughout. Some rooms could have wood, while others have carpet or tile. You need to be able to address these issues.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, schools are healthier when they’re kept clean. This helps reduce the spread of debris and germs, so it’s important that cleaning crews are addressing the issue as best they can in an efficient manner.

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