The Coronavirus: Five Tips for Disinfecting Your Office

February 27, 2020, 1:50 PM

Yes, it's time to get neurotic and worry about the coronavirus. So, we'll help.

Stratus Building Solutions, a commercial cleaning company that provides green janitorial services in offices around the country, including Detroit, sent "Top Five Tips to Disinenfect Your Office." 

The company notes that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urges businesses to vigorously and routinely wipe down workplace surfaces to contain the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

The tips: 

One-Way Wipe-Down: Wipe a surface in one direction and don’t go back over it in the opposite direction because you will deposit germs you just cleaned up.  Routinely wipe down all frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, countertops and don’t forget doorknobs.

Color-Coded Cleaning: Color-code cloths for specific spaces so you don’t cross-contaminate the kitchen cloths with the bathroom cloths and discard after use.

Smart Spraying: Household disinfectants tout their ability to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including human coronavirus, flu strains, E.coli and salmonella among others. But will they work against the new threat? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says these disinfectants are “thought” to be effective against the new coronavirus strain, but until tests confirm it, this has not been scientifically proven. Sani-Spritz Spray and other janitorial products may offer better protection.

Tech Disinfect: Don’t forget to wipe down employee laptops, mousses and especially cell phones. One study by a web-based researched platform found we touch our cell phones 2,000 times a day. Other recent  studies indicate the average adult brings their fingers to their nose, mouth or eyes about 16 times per hour, and germs thrive on human touch and the tech we touch. Electrostatic Sprayer Disinfecting Systems are an alternative for attacking germs in difficult to reach spaces.

Hand-Washing Warnings: Post handwashing- and drying signs everywhere – from the kitchen to the bathroom – as a reminder to employees to wash hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol or with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday"). Dry hands thoroughly because germs spread with moisture.

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