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How to Sanitize Your Commercial Space for Protection Against COVID-19

May 12, 2020

With the way the COVID-19 is spreading and wreaking havoc around us, our best defense against it is through care and prevention. Therefore, if you’ve a commercial space that has been exposed to the virus or is often visited by the public, you need to opt for facility disinfection right away. This will not only help you clean and sanitize your space but also help stay up to date with your maintenance.  Here’s how to sanitize your commercial space for protection against COVID-19.

How to Sanitize Your Commercial Space for Protection Against COVID-19

Regularly sanitizing your commercial space will ensure that you kill any viruses or germs in the area, thereby preventing the spread of the disease. You should try and sanitize your space every day, especially those places are that are frequently visited or touched by others.

Everyday Facility Disinfection and Sanitization

Since the coronavirus can easily be transmitted through contaminated surfaces, you need to sanitize your commercial space frequently. First, you need to clean the space and then disinfect it. Here’s how.

Cleaning the Space

You should always start by wearing a pair of rubber gloves to avoid coming into contact with any dirt or germs. If you’re handling any harsh cleaning chemicals, you should also consider donning on a pair of protective glasses and mask to avoid breathing in any dangerous vapors.

Once you’re ready, start cleaning all the surfaces in the space using soap and warm water. Before you actually get to sanitizing, you need to clean away the dirt first to disinfect the area more effectively.

Make sure to properly wipe all surfaces, paying special attention to frequently touched surfaces. For instance, places like these should be strictly regularly cleaned and sanitized:

     • Doorknobs

     • Countertops

     • Desks

     • Keyboards

     • Tables

     • Faucets

     • Toilets

     • Sinks

     • Light Switches

     • Handles

     • Phones

Disinfecting and Sanitizing the Space

After you have thoroughly cleaned the space, you can now begin disinfecting it. Use a household disinfectant or any EPA-registered disinfectant to sanitize the surfaces in the space. Make sure to follow the instructions mentioned on the label on how to use the disinfectant.

It is also advisable that you maintain plenty of ventilation in the area to allow the disinfectant to dry quickly and get rid of any vapors. If you don’t have any disinfectant on hand, you can make your own disinfecting solution by diluting some bleach in water.

If used properly, a bleach mixture can also be effective at eliminating coronavirus germs. Follow the instruction on the bleach label to see how it should be used. Normally, you’re supposed to mix around a third of a cup of bleach in a gallon of water. When using this solution, let it sit on the surface for at least a minute or two for it to really work its magic. Then wipe clean.

These bleach mixtures are only effective for 24 hours, so if you’re cleaning the next day, you will need to make another mixture. You can also use an alcohol solution that has at least 70% alcohol content to disinfect and sanitize your commercial space.

Facility Disinfection After Exposure to Someone Sick

If you have discovered that the space has been exposed to a sick person, you will need to take a few additional steps to ensure proper facility disinfection. Firstly, you must cordon off access to all the areas that the sick person touched or contaminated in any way. Increase ventilation in the area by leaving doors and windows open to allow more air circulation.

Try not to clean the area for 24 hours or as long as possible to allow the germs to die on their own. When you do go ahead to clean it, make sure you are wearing disposable gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid contaminating yourself. Then go ahead with your routine cleaning and sanitization, as mentioned above.

Final Thoughts

As a general rule, you should educate and train the employees and different personnel occupying the commercial space regarding the proper rules of facility disinfection. They should know exactly how to sanitize your commercial space for protection against COVID-19 to prevent its spread. They should know about cleaning hazards and how to spot symptoms of COVID-19 around them.

Does your commercial space need thorough facility disinfection? Then contact A+ Renewz to request an estimate for maintenance and other property upgrading programs.