May 15, 2020

Cleaning During COVID-19 in NYC

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to keep a clean home and workplace environment so you can help protect yourself and others from the virus. Cleany NYC, a leading provider of residential and commercial cleaning solutions has put together a list of best practices to keep in mind for keeping home and office spaces clean.

 

COVID-19 has changed our way of living and adopting best-practice cleaning procedures is one of the best ways we can help to mitigate the spread of the disease. These days, it’s critical to be conscientious in our cleaning habits inside our homes and workplaces. COVID-19 can live on surfaces for many days, so properly disinfecting plastic and stainless steel hotspots like appliances, door handles, light switches, toys and electrics will go a long way in reducing our risk of getting or spreading the infection. 

 

The entryway is one of the most important places to disinfect. This is the spot where the most foot traffic takes place, either from your entering and exiting the home, or picking up packages or food deliveries. Because of the constant exposure to the outside environment, this is the spot that will most likely be the point of entry for the virus to come inside your home. Therefore, it is important to clean this space very often as well as very thoroughly. This can be accomplished by routinely disinfecting your doors, handles, locks and light switches. It’s also a good idea to wipe down packages and leave them outside for some time before bringing them inside. If possible, leave your shoes and bags outside as well.

 

Cleaning your workplace is just as important if not more than your home because of the high exposure to viruses and germs. A typical desk has up to 10 million bacteria present, which is 400x more than the average toilet seat! Your desk is the first place you should disinfect, and often. Make sure to wipe down the computer monitor, keyboard, mouse, telephone, pictures and waste baskets. Office hot zones are high traffic areas that need disinfecting daily and often include the kitchen, especially the sink faucet, microwave, refrigerator, vending machine, coffee machine and water fountain. The restrooms, including the sinks, handles, mirrors and toilets are other areas that need to be cleaned properly. The common areas, including the reception desk, conference desks, copy machine, waiting area, door handles, light switches, and glass walls is another area of the office where the virus can linger. This is an effort by everyone so check in with your office administration to see how these goals are getting accomplished.

 

Cleaning solutions are a critical part of the defense against infection. Cleany recommends reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of approved COVID-19 disinfectant products and choosing which are the best for you. Additionally, Lysol and Clorox are some of the most common and reliable cleaning products, which also kill the virus. Should they be unavailable to you during this crisis, you can also mix rubbing alcohol (at least 70%) with water to create a homemade cleaning agent.

 

Below are some other quick and helpful tips to keep in mind for the most effective clean:

Don’t wipe right away!

Many disinfectants such as wipes and sprays must stay wet on surfaces for several minutes in order to work properly.

Use saran wrap on your smartphones and devices.

Cell phones are one of the most germ-ridden objects that we come in contact with every day. It’s a good idea to wrap your phone while using it and then dispose of the wrap when finished for the day.

Avoid eating at your desk!

Try keeping your meal time outside the office and if you have to eat at work keep it within the kitchen common areas, not at your desk.

Change when you re-enter your home.

It’s currently unknown how long COVID-19 can survive on fabrics, so consider removing your shoes when entering your home and changing into clean clothes immediately. 

 

Through these unprecedented times, Cleany wants to ensure your home and office are taken care of in the best possible way by offering Oxford Property Group clients 15% off of any of its services! Simply mention Oxford Property Group when booking your first Cleany service.

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