How Clean is your business?
Why janitorial and disinfection services are going to be more important in 2021 than ever before
If there’s one lesson we’ve learned in 2020, it’s that cleaning and janitorial services have proven to be most critical for small and large businesses globally. There seems to be a slight disconnect with the public being unaware of the importance of maintaining a clean and well-disinfected area. But, the rise of the pandemic COVID-19 is undoubtedly changing our view.
Janitorial and cleaning services offer specialized cleaning programs, most of which comply with OSHA, CDC, and the EPA for eliminating pathogens such as COVID. Cleaning services actively reduce the amount of dust, dirt, and clutter within an office or workspace. Sanitation services, on the other hand, involve the use of various chemicals which actively kill or reduce the growth of bacteria, viruses, and all sorts of germs. The combination of both cleaning and sanitation services will result in a safer and healthier work environment.
Janitorial and Cleaning Services essential for Health & Safety
COVID-19 viral particles spread through droplets—sneezing, coughing, saliva, act as a vehicle for virus transmission. When we sneeze or touch surfaces we create an environment with a more significant concentration of pathogen particles. Thus we increase the likelihood of disease transmission. The only effective way to decrease the spread of viral pathogens in the environment is through PPE (personal protective equipment) and excellent cleaning and sanitation services. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge challenge for business owners and members of the public. It has demonstrated the importance of establishing an excellent and effective cleaning and sanitation protocol to reduce viral spread and transmission.
The Search for a Promising Janitorial and Cleaning Service Begins
The pandemic has taught us the importance of establishing effective cleaning and janitorial services within a business. Now there will be many cleaning and custodial services within your area, and we understand that searching for one can be overwhelming. Critical error companies make when searching for a cleaning service is going with their cheapest option. This can be detrimental as not all custodial services follow OSHA standards, the CDC, and the EPA. And not all cleaning services have staff with knowledge of cleaning and sanitation best practices. When it comes to searching for a trustworthy janitorial cleaning service post-COVID, consider the following tips.
- Search for a Janitorial service that provides on-going training for cleaning and sanitation staff.
- Look at the cleaning service company transparency.
- Ensure the cleaning and sanitation service you choose follows OSHA, EPA, and the CDC regulations, especially when it comes to combatting COVID.
- Ensure the company you choose has not only a proven track record but is also insured and fully licensed.
Companies Should Set Aside a Budget for Cleaning Services
Cleaning and janitorial services is a time-consuming and sometimes thankless process. This is unfortunate. Cleaning professionals must take multiple steps to eliminate pathogens through the use of chemicals. Given that this is a process that requires increased labor, chemical use, and knowledge, costs should be best aligned with needs and consider risks to front line workers. Post-COVID, we can expect to see more companies seeking janitorial and cleaning services and a rise in profile and importance of janitorial staff. For these reasons, businesses should consider setting aside a proper budget to cover the costs of on-going cleaning and sanitation services for the workspace in 2021 and beyond.