They’re the common, unassuming locations and normal items we come into contact with during the course of a day. Climb a flight of stairs? You probably used the railing. Fill-up at the self-serve pump? You weren’t the first person to grab that handle – and you won’t be the last. Your recent trip to the ATM? That touch screen had more fingerprints than a crime scene.
High touch traffic zones – as they’re known – are everywhere and since we know the virus that causes COVID-19 can live on surfaces, it’s possible to become infected by touching those surfaces. Inside a busy store, business or home it’s safe to assume everyone’s hands were on everything, making physical interaction with the COVID-19 virus those hands may have left behind often unavoidable.
That is, unless you get to the high touch traffic zones first.
Create A Plan.
Start by determining where – and what – the high touch traffic zones are in your home or place of business. A good rule of thumb is the more people who touch a surface, the higher the risk. High touch traffic zones include counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, stair rails, elevator buttons, desks, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucets, and sinks. These will require more frequent cleaning, especially if the area is poorly ventilated.
Have The Right Stuff To Do The Job.
Now, choose your weapons. According to the EPA, use the right products on high touch traffic zones and you can kill the virus that causes COVID-19. Like those old Raid commercials, the right stuff kills bugs dead.
What is the “right stuff”? The EPA has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are even harder to kill than the COVID-19 virus, so spray or wipe it like you mean it.
…and remember to “dress for success”. Many of the EPA’s recommended cleaning and disinfecting products are stronger than what you might be used to (some can even trigger asthma attacks) and safety precautions such as gloves, glasses or goggles, even additional ventilation may be required. Always follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of these products.
Don’t Be Afraid To Call A Professional.
If you’re intimidated – or maybe even squeamish – about handling any of this all on your own, don’t hesitate to call in a professional cleaning service. Integrity Services can send a COVID-19 Sanitation Specialist into any type of work environment to deliver the detailed attention needed to keep your workplace safe. Our certified team is proud to provide an array of office cleaning services, hotel cleaning services, restaurant janitorial packages, specialty floor cleaning solutions, and hotel laundry services. Contact us today!