3 Tips for Cleaning Companies to Persevere Through COVID-19

3 Tips for Cleaning Companies to Persevere Through COVID-19

While organizations around the country and the world are taking steps to equip their remote workers with the tools they need to get their jobs done, other firms are seeing an uptick in business, especially those that play a vital role in keeping communities safe and healthy. The cleaning industry fits neatly into this category since many of the aforementioned temporarily dispersed enterprises hire cleaning crews to come in and thoroughly clean and disinfect their offices while they are closed.

In the midst of the current COVID-19 epidemic, businesses are understandably keen to have their facilities cleaned. However, this presents an obvious double-edged sword for cleaning services. ZipRecruiter predicts a 75% rise in demand for cleaning services this month, as compared to the same time last year, which is good news for the industry as a whole. However, in an environment where worry and caution are prevalent, managing this level of unexpected attention may be challenging, if not downright overwhelming.

So, how can you make sure that your cleaning company can get through this crisis as fast and securely as possible?

Prioritize Helping Others

It goes without saying that you need to make sure your staff has all they need to meet this unexpected increase in cleaning needs. Make sure everyone on staff is aware of the virus, how it spreads, how it may be avoided, and how to clean up possible outbreak sites.

While it’s probable that your cleaning workers already have a routine down where they always use protective gear like gloves and masks, now is the time to double-check that everyone is doing their part to keep the place spotless.

It’s also important to review your sick leave policy and make sure your staff knows they shouldn’t come in if they’re feeling unwell. Self-regulation in this way can be challenging, especially if workers have the mistaken assumption that coming to work sick makes them better workers because they are “toughing it out.” If your existing rules don’t allow for paid sick time, you may want to reconsider your stance so that employees who may be unwell aren’t coerced into coming to work.

Isolating those who have been exposed is a crucial part of controlling any disease that can spread rapidly and readily. You’re doing the right thing for yourself, your team, and your customers when you prioritize the health and safety of your employees and tell those who aren’t feeling well to stay home.

The second piece of advice is to be aware of your competition.

Knowing the origin of a stain, for example, can help you tackle the problem head-on the first time, saving you time and effort in the long run. Similar to how knowing a virus through and out is essential to combating it effectively.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak, and scientists from a variety of disciplines are attempting to learn more about it so that it may be dealt with in the most effective and safest way possible. Knowing the virus’s hiding places, its incubation period, and the most effective method for eradicating it is crucial for a cleaning service that has been contracted to disinfect many workplaces.

The World Health Organization (WHO) previously estimated that the virus can survive anywhere from a few hours to a few days; these findings are consistent with those of a recent, unreviewed, and unpublished report from Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana, which is affiliated with the U.S. National Institutes of Health. According to research conducted by Rocky Mountain Laboratories, the flu virus can live for up to 72 hours on non-porous materials like plastic and stainless steel; for up to 24 hours on cardboard; for up to 4 hours on copper (long used in a number of industries, including plumbing, due to its natural antimicrobial properties); and for up to 3 hours after being aerosolized, as is often the case when a person coughs or sneezes. Although results for carpets and other soft surfaces were not yet available, previous studies have shown that smooth, hard surfaces provide the most cause for alarm.

The major lesson for your cleaning service is that the virus may live on hard surfaces for days. Even if no one is in the office when the cleaning team comes in, they should still take all essential safety measures, such as donning protective gear and avoiding touching their faces or other surfaces until they are sure they are clean.

Also, make sure your staff understands the distinction between cleaning and disinfecting. The most effective technique to get rid of SARS-CoV-2 and provide your clients with a clean disinfected space is to use ammonia- or alcohol-based cleansers, as applicable, on hard surfaces.

Three, be flexible.

In addition to formulating a plan for dealing with the virus head-on, you need also consider the situation’s indirect effects on your cleaning business. It’s important to be flexible and adapt quickly to changes in the scenario, whether they’re related to the way consumers are responding or to how particular team members are being affected. In order to survive the storm and emerge victorious when things return to normal, this is essential.