28 September 2012

Flu Season – Commercial Cleaning Can Safeguard Worker Productivity.

Flu season has arrived, and proper commercial cleaning is essential to maintain a healthy work environment for your employees, maximizing employee productivity and ensuring that our Federal government in the greater Washington DC metro area remains up and running.  Eric Yoder,  award-winning writer for the Washington Post wrote an excellent article today – “Federal employees urged to get flu shots” and notes that “Federal employees should take advantage of the free flu vaccine available to them at work and agencies also should consider providing the vaccine for free to contractor employees who work near them, according to guidance issued this week.”

The government and business lose thousands of hours of productivity each year as the flu causes employees to miss work.  Simple, but thorough safeguards can be put in place to ensure that your workforce remains up and running and that any flu contagion within your office remains minimal.  There a common sense actions that each individual should take:  ”"preventive actions” against the spread of flu germs such as washing their hands and staying away from work if they are sick”, Mr. Yoder notes.  The Center for Disease Control notes that “most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface.”

The CDC expounds on the subject and notes the following instructions in an insightful post that we apply to commercial cleaning:  “How To Clean and Disinfect Schools To Help Slow the Spread of Flu“:  1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing, 2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often, 3. Simply do routine cleaning and disinfecting, 4.  Clean and disinfect correctly, 5.  Use products safely, and 6.  6. Handle waste properly.

If you do not have time to read the article, Commercial 1 Cleaning’s take-aways are the following from the CDC article (note that the surface should be sanitized for 3-5 minutes and that ‘cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing’ are each different processes:

“If an EPA-registered disinfectant is not available, use a fresh chlorine bleach solution. To make and use the solution:

Add 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart (4 cups) of water. For a larger supply of disinfectant, add ¼ cup of bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
Apply the solution to the surface with a cloth.
Let it stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
Rinse the surface with clean water.

Commercial1Cleaning offers ‘flu sanitation’ cleaning services to government buildings and businesses through-out the Washington DC Metro Area.  Depending on the size of your facility, we deploy a team to invest the appropriate time to clean, sanitize and disinfect your employees work areas (desks, keyboards, monitors, door knobs, cubicle surfaces, light switches, drawers, etc.) so that your workers do not lose productivity with an easily preventable contagion.

Our services are priced at $500 to $2,500 depending upon the size of your facility – - a fraction of the cost of losing employee productivity for one day.  We guarantee our services, and in the event that one of your employees contracts the flu, we will provide follow-on ‘flu cleaning’, complimentary.  Our Secure Cleaning team, high security  cleaning program, and the fact that we are ‘bonded and insured’, will give you confidence that we work hard to earn your trust.

In a nutshell, do not be afraid of ‘Flu Season’ – proper commercial cleaning will safeguard your workers’ productivity.

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