5 Tips for Keeping a Clean, Sanitary, and Safe Office
Clean, Protect, and Disinfect Your Office
The past year has caused a lot of chaos and uncertainty, but things are finally starting to open back up. However, we’re not completely out of the woods yet. While we’ve learned how to keep our home environments safe during the coronavirus pandemic, reopening offices and business add a new wrinkle to things. We’re all ready to get back to work, but how do we do so while keeping our employees and clients safe from COVID-19? These five tips for cleaning and disinfecting your workplace will go a long way in protecting your office and giving you some peace of mind.
Have the Right Tools for the Job
Before returning to your workplace, stock up on cleaning supplies. Furthermore, make sure to include EPA-registered disinfectants to ensure your space stays sanitized. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution disinfects as it cleans, includes a 55-second kill-time against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), and is made from naturally derived ingredients, free from harsh chemicals.
Get Everyone on the Same Page
If you have any office protocols regarding best practices, inform everyone via team meetings and posted signs. Make sure everyone knows they need to chip in by keeping their own areas clean and disinfected. They should also be keeping traffic in their space as limited as possible. For example, before the janitorial staff comes around, leave trash cans near the office door or in front of the desk to minimize contact. Additionally, carry disinfectant wipes on trips to the restroom for the toilet and sink to ensure clean surfaces before and after use. If everyone is doing their part, a clean and sanitary office becomes that much easier.
Make It Routine
Wiping your desk down once in a while when they look like they need it just isn’t going to cut it anymore. You have to make sure to disinfect your desk at least once a day – more if you’re regularly seeing clients there. Consider setting a reminder on your phone to ensure cleaning right when you get to work or before you leave.
Know the Office Hotspots
The CDC has a list of high-touch surfaces we should all keep in mind. These include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, and more. Additionally, think about the things you touch over the course of a typical workday. Computer monitors, keyboards, and mice, water coolers, coffee machines – the list could expand quite a bit, depending on your office environment. When it comes to cleaning, it’s better to do too much than too little.
Things are getting better, but it will be some time before workspaces will look the way they did before COVID-19. Having a plan and the proper supplies will give workers, clients, and management alike some peace of mind. Everyone can take heart knowing they’re doing their part to keep themselves and everyone else healthy. This translates to a safe and positive work environment and that’s something we can all feel good about.