Flu season is just around the corner and in an enclosed office, the illness can spread incredibly fast. It only takes one person to make everyone in the office ill. Like dominoes tumbling over, you and your employees can succumb to dreadful fall time sicknesses. How can you avoid it? Routine control of disease-causing organisms within your workplace is the first step in promoting a disease-free environment.
Cleaners vs. Disinfectants
Yes, there is a difference between these two. Your best bet in maintaining a germ-free and clean office space is to use a double-whammy of products. All-purpose cleaners are effective at removing dust particles and moldy residues that could cause common colds and allergies. Disinfectants chemically kill or mechanically remove disease-causing germs from surfaces. For optimal everyday cleaning, check out the following disinfectants and cleaners that are safe and effective. Keep these around to enjoy a cleaner workplace:
Sodium hypochlorite, or bleach, is an inexpensive and highly potent disinfectant for use in daily life. As bleach is highly corrosive and toxic, dilute solutions in water is the way to go. Whether in spray form or wipes, bleach or eco-friendly alternatives serve to disinfect common surfaces in your home or workspace. It is effective in killing microorganisms like:
- Dirt and mold
- Dangerous bacteria
- Flu and cold viruses
Hydrogen peroxide isn’t only effective as a wound disinfectant. Just like bleach, it’s a potent disinfectant for inorganic materials or common surfaces in your workplace. It’s also biodegradable. Over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide is safely sold in concentrations lower than 3%. Today, plenty of household cleaning brands are producing solutions with hydrogen peroxide for a more effective, efficient and deeper clean. Keep one of these around your office for safe measure.
Hand Sanitizers and Soaps
Washing with soap and water is the best way to fight against the cold and flu. Encourage hand washing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizing gels or foams by making them easily accessible. Keep hand sanitizer around the office and soaps in the break room and bathroom at all times.
Plain liquid soap is the best type as it mechanically removes germs from the surface of your skin. According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antimicrobial soaps provide no real benefit and are more expensive. Bar soaps can promote bacterial growth as residue remains on their surfaces. Wash your hands for 30 seconds with a good, old-fashioned liquid soap to achieve the best results. Plain, alcohol-based sanitizers are effective at killing bacteria when soap and water are not readily available.
To keep your office space tidy, use an all-purpose cleaner. These remove layers of dust and mold particles while preventing them from circulating in closed areas. Plenty of products are coming out with disinfectant solutions. For an easy and fast-working product, opt for one of those.
Professional Cleaning is a Safe Bet
Now that colder weather is headed our way and the potential for illness is high, opt for a professional cleaning of your workplace. A full cleaning of your office, carpet and floors guarantees a germ-free environment to kick-off the fall season. We even offer janitorial services for sanitary maintenance. To schedule a deep cleaning for your Rio Grande Valley office, call Commercial Cleaning Services, Inc. at (956)702-3892.