4 questions about cleaning performance

In an evolving post-pandemic era, building owners, facility managers and cleaning industry professionals need to ask themselves four questions to clearly determine if they are cleaning facilities properly to protect health and safety. occupant safety:

  1. Are we cleaning the right spaces in the facility?
  2. Are we cleaning the right surfaces in
    these spaces?
  3. Is the current cleaning frequency sufficient?
  4. Are we cleaning effectively?

Historically, we have based cleaning performance on appearance, subjective visual inspection of the appearance of the installation after cleaning. However, visual inspection has proven to have serious limitations because what looks clean may not look clean at all. Appearance has little to do with how effectively spaces and surfaces are cleaned, because it is the things we cannot see that can harm health. With that in mind, let’s answer these four questions to address cleaning performance.

1. Are we cleaning the right spaces in the facility?

Obviously, not all spaces in a facility are equal when it comes to the risk of transmission of pathogens and other harmful agents. So, start by identifying all “types of space” such as lobbies, break rooms, offices, and restrooms. Identifying cleaning performance by specific space types will provide performance data that will help you identify cleaning issues in similar spaces. This will help you establish cleaning performance benchmarks for individual space types and allow you to focus resources on the spaces that are most important from a risk reduction perspective.

2. Are we cleaning the right surfaces in these spaces?

As certain spaces in a building pose an increased risk of pathogen transmission, so do certain surfaces in those spaces. For example, floors, walls, and ceilings pose a lower risk of transmission compared to surfaces touched by multiple people throughout the day. In a bathroom, for example, high-touch surfaces include metal door handles, faucet handles, toilet flush valves, cabinet handles/locks, and paper towel dispenser handles. . High-touch areas in an office include doorknobs, chair arms, work surfaces, keyboards and mice, light switches, and comfort controls. Focusing cleaning attention on these high-touch/high-risk surfaces is essential to effectively protect the health of occupants.

3. Is the current frequency of cleaning sufficient or excessive?

Many cleaning contracts require spaces to be cleaned once a day, but is that enough if multiple people are using the space, such as a conference room or break room, throughout the day? What if only one person uses a space each day, such as a private office or cubicle, is that space required to be cleaned daily? Now you can use technology to efficiently, cost-effectively and objectively determine when and how often to clean to best protect occupant health.

4. Are we cleaning effectively?

Technologies such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP) meters can now answer this question objectively. Frequent testing with ATP meters not only allows us to evaluate cleaning performance, but also helps us improve cleaning efficiency. These counters allow cleaning professionals to focus their resources on the most important spaces and surfaces to protect health while minimizing unnecessary cleanings, in particular the overuse of disinfectants, which has become a significant problem due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

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