With an elevated focus by the public on the Corona virus & the flu this season there is an equally heightened priority to keeping commercial properties healthy & clean in the forefront of every property manager’s mind. This year millions of dollars will be lost by American businesses due to employee absences caused by the flu. Thankfully there are a few key actions you can take this season to help keep the flu from spreading while keeping your employees healthy and your business running smoothly.
The high traffic areas of your workplace will vary depending on the type of commercial facility where you work. Elevators are a hotspot for viruses considering the amount of foot traffic they experience and the frequency with which the call buttons are touched.
During flu season, experts recommend wiping surfaces in these types of common areas three times a day at minimum! Try using disposable options like disinfectant wipes or paper towels with a multi-purpose disinfectant spray rather than sponges when cleaning your elevator. Sponges could harbor bacteria and the excessive moisture can damage your elevators’ electronic components. See How to properly clean a commercial elevator
Make sure hand sanitizer is available throughout your commercial building in high traffic areas such as your front desk, near break rooms and outside of your elevators. Having tissues readily available in these areas will also help reduce the spread of germs in your facility, but be sure to pair all tissue dispensers with a bin for disposal.
Every day we learn more and more about the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the way that it spreads & how we can best combat contracting this virus. Our partners at PLANNED COMPANIES, the regions janitorial experts, posted this comprehensive information on how long the virus can remain active on common home & workplace surfaces.
The Coronavirus can spread by surface contact. Touching a contaminated surface is one of the key sources of infection. The “Journal of Hospital Infection” published a study showing how long the virus lives on various surfaces. Considering all the surfaces we come into contact with desks, countertops and bathroom fixtures, it’s important to know how long the virus may be alive. SEE FULL ARTICLE...
Beyond keeping your commercial elevator and your property clean here are tips from the CDC on how you can protect yourself and others from the flu and to help stop the spread of germs.
- Avoid close contact - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick - If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
- Clean your hands - Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Cleaning your commercial elevator is just one part of keeping your property running smoothly during this year’s flu season. A healthy elevator is more than just clean, be sure to have routine inspections & professional maintenance performed regularly to prevent your elevator from underperforming.
If you are looking to bring in an outside cleaning company to manage your elevator cleaning, daily disinfecting or for a one time remediation of your entire property, our friends at Planned Companies are the regional experts in janitorial services and understand your elevator's special requirements.
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