Maintaining a Clean Office in a Post-COVID World
Getting Back to Work in a Changed World
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in a number of ways, including the way we define cleanliness. Tidy rooms and nice appearances are no longer enough. We have to protect ourselves, our employees, and our customers and clients from a highly contagious virus. It’s a physical problem that contains a large amount of mental and emotional stress.
As more and more people are transitioning back to the office, we have to rethink how we clean, disinfect, and protect our workplace environment. Employees and clients have to feel safe when they walk through our doors. And we have a responsibility to reassure them by being transparent about our best practices when it comes to office cleaning and sanitization. The first step we can take is to look at what we mean by a clean office.
Know the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting
Using soap or detergent and water, cleaning removes dirt and other impurities from surfaces. It can also remove germs, but it should be noted that cleaning does not kill them. Rather, it reduces their number and makes the environment less hospitable to them. Disinfecting, on the other hand, uses chemicals to kill the germs on surfaces. This is often done with an EPA-registered disinfectant, chlorine, or bleach and reduces the chance for infection. However, just as cleaning doesn’t disinfect, disinfectants won’t necessarily clean or remove stains. Some products, Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution, for example, can accomplish both tasks in one step.
The word “antimicrobial” means that a material kills or inhibits the growth of micro-organisms, or microbes, such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Disinfectants, for example, are a type of antimicrobial product. However, there are other types of antimicrobial products such as the fabric in hospital scrubs. The properties of these products provide protection against by creating an environment that inhibits their growth. For example, fabrics may be made of polyester or similar material and infused with substances that kill microbes. However, these products have not been proven to kill or slow the spread of coronavirus. The best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections is to clean and disinfect all surfaces and remind people to wash their hands.
Bioesque Solutions to Clean, Protect, and Disinfect
Bioesque® Solutions is a pioneer in the development and distribution of naturally occurring, botanically based disinfectant and cleaning products. Bioesque® Solutions specializes in bringing the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers across various industries, including, health care, food service, janitorial and restoration. Powered by Thymox®, every Bioesque® Solutions product is designed to work together, harmoniously like in nature, to bring the future of disinfecting and cleaning to our customers today.