Cleaning services are likely to be different for the foreseeable future due to the serious health threat posed by the new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, and professional facilities management services can help. After following stay-at-home procedures, the expectations of workers returning to their places of employment will be heightened as far as cleaning methods go. With professional facilities management services that are pro-active and prepared to heighten disinfecting and sanitization practices, everyone can breathe easier.

What’s Different About COVID-19?

In 2020, the world-shaking pandemic has led to the shutdown of more than 180 countries across the globe. Other than businesses deemed essential, most of the world’s workforce has been staying at home in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is a frightening virus that is extremely contagious and life-threatening to people who become infected and have underlying health conditions or are 65 years old and older. Gradually, businesses are going to continue to open back up until society has returned to a semblance of “normal,” but workers will want assurances about their safety.

The Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing

Facilities management has taken on a new level of importance in its role of providing reliable cleaning services. Professionals like the experts in facilities management at Weaver Realty Group are ahead of the curve because they are already preparing to provide every client with options in cleaning services that include disinfection of areas in which a person known to have been infected with COVID-19 has been or might have been.

Cleaning

When general cleaners are used, the goal is to make surfaces free of dust, dirt, filth, and marks. The goal is to create a shiny, clean environment, but basic cleaning does not remove illness-causing pathogens. Cleaning plays an important role in disinfecting and sanitizing, however, because surfaces should be cleaned before being disinfected or sanitized.

Sanitizing

A sanitizer must be used to make surfaces both clean and healthy by way of killing bacteria. What is a sanitizer? A sanitizer is an anti-microbial agent that is effective at killing or rendering inactive 99.9% of all known viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Sanitizing elevates cleaning to a level that is considered safe according to public health standards. To meet standards, a disinfectant must kill virtually 100% (99.99%) of viruses, bacteria, and fungi within a mere 5 to 10 minutes.

Disinfecting

A disinfectant is an agent that can be described as a bactericide, virucide, fungicide, and other products with the suffix “cide,” which means to kill or destroy disease-carrying microorganisms. Disinfectants are targeted for effectiveness against certain viruses, bacteria, fungi, and molds. Instructions for the use of disinfectants must be followed in order to ensure effectiveness. Changing procedures to any degree can reduce a disinfectant’s level of effectiveness. The use of general-purpose cleaners should always precede the use of disinfecting sprays because disinfectants are not made for purposes of basic cleaning.

Contact Weaver Realty Group Today

Weaver Realty Group has been trusted for facilities management services since 1994. Our expertise is in all of the areas that affect your bottom line, which nowadays includes ensuring that employees feel safe at work. We specialize in energy management, excellent customer service, and other areas of facilities management, and we recognize that a complete approach today must include cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization practices to address COVID-19 concerns. For the most reliable facilities management services in the Florida panhandle, contact Weaver Realty Group today at (904) 733-0039.