What Every Building Manager Must Know About the Coronavirus

With cases of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 increasing throughout the world, it has become more critical than ever to ensure everyone does their part to “flatten the curve” and prevent the spread of this potentially fatal virus. 

As a building manager, you can do your part too. 

Under normal circumstances, it is your responsibility to manage the sanitation and upkeep of your commercial building, but in the midst of a pandemic, this role is even more vital. It is up to you to provide regular and increased cleaning of your building to manage the spread of infection. Anything less can have dire consequences for your tenants and their employees. 

While the people who work in your building practice proper handwashing hygiene, social distancing and self-quarantining, you can aid their efforts by increasing the level of cleaning and sanitation in the building and their workspaces. 

This is best done by learning what COVID-19 is to understand what we’re up against and working with a commercial cleaning service provider who understands infection control best practices and utilizes them.

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What Is Coronavirus? 

You’ve seen the word in headlines and all over social media, but what is the coronavirus known as COVID-19? 

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus and a very infectious disease. The virus spreads primarily through airborne droplets of saliva or mucous when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also appears that the virus can live many hours on hard surfaces, meaning it’s possible to transmit the disease when someone touches a contaminated surface and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes. 

Most people who contract COVID-19 will experience only mild to moderate respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever, fatigue and a dry cough among other less common symptoms. Luckily, the majority of these infected individuals will recover without special treatment. 

However, the virus can be very dangerous and even fatal to seniors, individuals with underlying medical conditions or those who are otherwise immunosuppressed.  

Perhaps one of the most disconcerting discoveries about this coronavirus is that infected people can be asymptomatic. This means they exhibit few to no symptoms and may go about their normal activities without knowing they are ill. This heightens the risk of others catching the virus who may not be so lucky and find themselves in danger. 

As a building manager, you can work with your preferred commercial cleaning company to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission among visitors and workers on your property.

How Your Commercial Cleaning Company Can Aid in Infection Control

Because COVID-19 is so easy to spread and threatens lives, building managers must take every precaution to sanitize “high-touch” surfaces and objects around their facility. Just one infected person walking through your building can transmit the virus to many other people by touching things like door handles, elevator buttons, bathroom doors and more. 

While you can’t control the behavior of others (especially before they know they’re sick), you can as a building manager work with your janitorial team to step up your cleaning and infection control measures.

Now is the time to discuss these measures with your cleaning provider. Coronavirus isn’t waiting around, and neither should we. Your cleaning company already should have plans for enhanced surface sanitation. Some things they should be doing include:

  • Using disinfection chemicals that have been certified by the EPA as effective against human coronavirus pathogens.
  • Routine cleaning of high-touch surfaces and items throughout your facility. 
  • Continuous retraining for employees on proper disinfection, cross-contamination prevention, general infection control and safety.
  • Following CDC guidelines for quickly disinfecting your facility if a worker is confirmed to have the coronavirus.

Cleaning high touch surfaces is especially important as this appears to be a secondary method of virus transmission in this pandemic, and studies are showing that proper disinfecting kills the virus on hard surfaces. Ask your cleaning provider about how their employees’ training and current services address this kind of cleaning. 

They should be cleaning all work surfaces such as phones, door handles, keyboards, computer mouses, remote controls, etc. They also should know what disinfectant products are appropriate for these surfaces and how to clean the hidden edges of high touch objects. 

Finally, do they know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? The first removes dirt while the latter kills bacteria and viruses.  

A reliable commercial cleaner already should be cleaning high-touch surfaces and practicing infection control cleaning to fight common illnesses like colds and the flu. It should be easy for them to transition into sanitation overdrive in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. 

If your current cleaner cannot live up to your expectations in this matter, do not hesitate to look for another provider who can protect your tenants from infectious diseases. 

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Hiring the Right Commercial Cleaner Is More Important Than Ever

There’s no telling when the coronavirus pandemic will end. But every building manager can do their part in flattening the curve and keeping their tenants safe and healthy by hiring the right commercial cleaning company. 

Too many commercial cleaners cut corners or work with speed rather than thoroughness. That simply isn’t good enough for infection control when pathogens can survive many hours on a surface. You need a service provider who has a passion for creating safe, comfortable work environments and understands the importance of quality work and attention to detail. 

If you are looking to upgrade your commercial cleaning service in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, talk to Happy Employees Cleaning. 

The results of our cleaning services are guaranteed. We guarantee your satisfaction by providing free corrections if we do not meet your expectations. We handle all the logistics of switching from your old service provider to us, and it only takes 12 minutes, guaranteed. 

We also guarantee a healthier work environment. If our detailed cleaning doesn’t decrease employee sick days by at least five percent within a year, we give you a $500 gift certificate. 

Don’t lose time in this international health crisis. Request a free estimate today, and eliminate infectious diseases from your building with Happy Employees Cleaning.