What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?
Cleaning means physically removing germs, dirt and organic matter from surfaces.
Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. It’s important to clean surfaces before disinfecting because organic matter and dirt can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs.
A combination of cleaning and disinfection will be most effective in removing the COVID-19 virus. Cleaning removes soil from the surface, allowing the disinfectant to work and kill the COVID-19 virus. Disinfectant may not kill the virus if the surface has not been cleaned with a detergent first.
Employers need to frequently clean touch points at least daily. More attention needs to be given to tabletops, desks, light switches, toilets, taps, door and cupboard handles, kitchen surfaces, hand rails, etc. Ideally, the surfaces should be disinfected after a proper cleaning. Both the cleaning and disinfection can be done together.
Whether disinfection should be done together with cleaning will depend on the likelihood of contaminated surfaces being present at the premises.
The following steps need to be taken when cleaning:
Gloves should be worn and these gloves should be discarded immediately after cleaning.
TGA approved disinfectants need to be used for disinfecting the surfaces. It should be noted that the disinfectants will not kill germs if the surface is not clean.
To kill COVID-19 effectively, the disinfectant should remain on the surface for the period specified by the manufacturer. If the disinfectant manufacturer has not specified the time, the disinfectant should remain on the surface for at least 10 minutes.
The following cleaning procedures should be performed if any person in the workplace is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.
In this scenario, all areas suspected to be contaminated should be disinfected. The disinfection procedure must occur in all areas that are suspected to have been touched by the infected person(s).
The entire workplace should be cleaned during this process. The cleaning and disinfecting should occur before other employees return to the workplace.
Whether operations need to be suspended at your workplace will depend on factors such as the size of the workplace, nature of work, number of people, and suspected areas of contamination.
The correct detergent and water should be used to clean hard surfaces. Further, employees need to follow the manufactures guidelines when cleaning and disinfecting soft surfaces.
We have extensive experience in successfully delivering commercial cleaning services for many small to large organisations. We use this experience to render a high standard of cleaning services to our clients.
We consider occupational health and safety as one of our top priorities, and have organised all of our cleaning procedures to deliver a healthy and safe environment for your staff and visitors.
Brilliant Office Cleaning uses green cleaning products to deliver cleaning services. More importantly, all of our cleaning detergents are ISO Certified and our staff are well trained in the use of these cleaning products.
All of our staff members have a police clearance, and always demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and flexibility when working with our clients. Our clients highly appreciate this.
Security of their premises is important to all organisations, and different organisations enforce different security procedures. We understand this very well, and we train our cleaning teams to adhere strictly to the security procedures of each client.
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What are the key elements in office cleaning and commercial cleaning?
There are so many cleaning tasks in the standard office cleaning and commercial cleaning. Further, it will depend on the nature of the office too. However, the below are the key elements of the general office cleaning tasks that a typical office will require.
Vacuuming is required for all offices, regardless of the nature of the floors. It doesn’t matter whether your floor is carpet, tiled, vinyl or a combination of these. Regular vacuuming will remove particles from the floor. In some cases, floors such as tiles and vinyl are swept instead of vacuumed. However, the objective is the same.
Floor mopping is important for two major reasons. One is to make the floor clean and impressive. The other reason is occupational health and safety. The floor needs to be mopped with a commercial mop and mop head using an appropriate cleaning detergent in a safe manner. Further, it is important that a microfibre mop head should to be used for tiled floors.
Dusting and Wiping
Dusting and wiping surfaces are an important part of office cleaning. Appropriate commercial dusters need to be used for dusting, and disinfectants (Brilliant Office Cleaning use only GECA approved cleaning detergents) need to be used to wipe the surfaces. Further, it is important to make sure not to over-use antibacterial chemicals. This is one of the guidelines of the Better Health Channel. Moreover, It is very important to note that the cleaners should not misplace the client’s documents when performing dusting and wiping.
As part of the office cleaning, the team should clean the glass windows, glass doors and glass partitions. Generally, spot cleaning is performed on a periodic basis using appropriate glass cleaning detergents. Then, on a regular basis, depending on the necessity, the glass should be washed. Washing is completely different from spot cleaning. It is a detailed cleaning procedure to make the glass sparkle.
Other Office Cleaning Services
Emptying the bins
Emptying the bins needs to be done on a regular basis. The recycle bins and rubbish bins need to be collected and disposed of separately. Bin liners must be replaced at each clean for occupational health reasons. Further, items such as printer cartridges need to be collected and disposed of in an appropriate manner.
Wiping down the bin lids
Many commercial cleaners make a common mistake. They just empty the bins, but do not wipe the bins and bin lids, which are exposed to a lot of germs. This can create occupational health issues. Therefore, it is necessary to wipe down the bins using an appropriate cleaning detergent, such as lemon disinfectant. In additions, the bins should be replaced from time to time.
Cleaning inside the microwaves
Since the office staff use the microwave frequently, the food waste can build up. Further, fingerprints are commonly seen on microwave ovens. Therefore, the inside and outside of the microwave ovens should be cleaned frequently for occupational health and safety.
Washing the plates and cups
Washing cups and plates is extra work that the office cleaners would do on request from the client. Some clients use dishwashers. In this case, commercial cleaners need to collect the cups, load them into the dishwasher and then unload the cups from the dishwasher after washing.