Winter Wellness: Maintaining Office Cleanliness During the Cold and Flu Season 

It’s cold and flu season, and with rising cases of the flu, COVID-19, and measles, maintaining a clean and hygienic office or commercial space has never been more crucial. This time of year brings plenty of germs into shared spaces, and your employees’ and visitors’ health and well-being are essential in keeping business as usual. Beyond the regular cleaning routines you have in place, discover what other specific measures you can and should be incorporating to help minimize the spread of illnesses and create a healthier environment for all.

Make sure the protocols you have in place for regular cleaning are up to par

Your current janitorial operation lays the foundation for a clean, hygienic space. If your existing cleaning schedule is not solid, you should consider implementing something more consistent. Frequent cleanings involving tasks like vacuuming, dusting, mopping floors, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning shared areas like kitchens and bathrooms are just a start. You need to add sanitizing and disinfecting to the schedule and know the difference between the two. Aside from upping how often your commercial space or office gets cleaned, you must also ensure your current cleaning staff uses effective cleaning solutions and follows the proper techniques to eliminate germs and dirt.

Don’t neglect high-touch surfaces

Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is especially important during cold and flu season, when germs are more likely to spread. Remember to sanitize the areas many tend to forget about, including doorknobs, light switches, drawer handles, elevator buttons, keyboards, phones, and communal regions like conference tables and chair handles. Regularly disinfecting these surfaces with EPA-approved disinfectants can significantly reduce the risk of virus transmission for everyone who comes in contact with them. 

Promote hygiene among employees and patrons alike

No matter what kind of business you run, encourage and facilitate good hygiene among your employees and visitors. Provide hand sanitizing stations and ensure they’re accessible to all. Use signage to promote frequent handwashing and the proper way to do so — using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Display other relevant hygiene information based on the needs of your business to ensure everyone is aware of the best ways to protect themselves. 

Hire the pros for a proper deep clean. 

Periodically, it can be beneficial to outsource your cleaning and hire the pros to do a deep cleaning of your commercial space. Usually, this cleaning will include the carpets, upholstery, and hard-to-reach areas known for harboring allergens, dust, or pathogens. Professional cleaning services can effectively eliminate hidden germs and contaminants and make your workspace safer overall. 

Provide workshops that inform and educate. 

Employees can be a valuable resource in maintaining cleanliness between cleanings. Start by sharing information with them about the importance of maintaining a hygienic workspace during flu season. You can also conduct training sessions or distribute informational materials on things like the best hygiene practices, how to recognize symptoms, and why you should stay home when you don’t feel well to encourage healthy behavior.

Office Express Janitorial Services Can Disinfect and Sanitize Your Office

Don’t let the flu and cold season discourage customers from patronizing your business or deter employees from coming to work. Hire the professional cleaners at Office Express Janitorial Services to disinfect, sanitize, and clean your office or facility so you can do your part in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria.

We offer top-notch cleaning at a fair price, with standards set in best practices and procedures established by OSHA. Looking for the best janitorial services for your office or commercial building? Contact Office Express Janitorial Services, Inc. today.    

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