Minimising the spread of infection in your office

It’s fair to say that we’re all extremely concerned about the spread of this worrying new Coronavirus and we’re constantly seeking news updates to see how it is spreading whilst also hoping that it can be contained and, possibly, eradicated.

In the meantime, the government (and every newspaper in the land) are all demanding that we all put in place much stronger hygiene habits that can help the spread of infections right now in our workplace and homes every day. From travel bans to increasing levels of home working, self-isolation and even upping the cleaning output – firms and homes across the country are rightly concerned and most are taking responsible action.

Simple hygiene factors such as coughing or sneezing into a tissue and then afterwards washing your hands can help massively. Even keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer (if you can get any now) on your desk (or in your bag) and using before eating can again do so much to help keep you healthy and well.

At this time of year (our usual cold and flu season) we usually undertake quite a few deep cleans for existing clients involving everything from the sanitisation of phones and keyboards to regularly disinfecting all door handles across an office. This year we’ve seen increases in this type of service increase ten-fold with literally 4 or 5 enquiries coming in now every day from existing clients worried about what they can do right now to help minimise the risk of this infection reaching their offices.

Whilst we have specialist cleaning products for some of these tasks (for example the specialist wipes, brushes and gels for cleaning keyboards) – others, like the chemical we are using on the door handles, are now part of our every-day range that we also use to clean desks and other surfaces that your staff will regularly come into contact with. The product is eco-friendly, smells great, is easy for our cleaners to apply and has the benefit of killing not just the Coronavirus but also HIV, Hepatitis C, MRSA, C. diff and Swine Flu amongst others. It has successfully passed all EN 14476 tests and we have supplies of it now in all contracts and are using it as a matter of course across our clients highest use communal areas.

For clients with higher levels of concern and want to go a level further we’re now targeting even more focus on their most high use areas such as:

  • All kitchen cabinet handles
  • Fronts and undersides of kitchen worktops
  • Microwave handle
  • Fridge handle
  • Light switches
  • Fronts of coffee machines with buttons
  • Under edges of dining room tables and benches
  • All door handles to offices and meeting rooms
  • Bathroom door handles
  • And anything else regularly touched by hands that may not form a part of the regular cleaning schedule.

To fulfil these additional cleaning tasks we are now providing this service on a nightly and weekly basis for a growing list of clients. So far, for most clients, this is only increasing their existing cleaning schedule by an additional 2 hours per week and it isn’t a permanent increase to their contract – meaning it can be cancelled at any time.

So, if you’re concerned that your office isn’t as clean as it could be at this time please get in touch and I’d be happy to chat through what you can do to minimise any health risks you may be worried about.

Stephen Gardiner General Manager Complete Cleaning Contracts

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