If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about COVID-19 approved cleaning and disinfecting techniques for your office or showroom, the team at Trinity Janitorial Services is here to help. To start, we’d like to explain the difference between the two terms, because cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing.
Floor cleaning is the process of removing dirt, dust, and other types of organic surfaces from your flooring. Although this is an important step in the disinfecting process (since floors should be cleaned before they’re disinfected), just because your floors are clean, that’s not to say they’re disinfected.
Disinfecting, on the other hand, is the process by which pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and microorganisms are eliminated. In some cases, depending on the technique that’s used, disinfecting chemicals need to be left on a surface for up to 10 minutes to do their job.
You can think of it this way. Sweeping and vacuuming your floors will clean them, since this removes unwanted surface particles from the surface. However, sweeping and vacuuming does not kill the coronavirus. Although cleaning your floors is an important first step in this two-step process, it’s not a standalone fix.
Disinfecting non-porous surfaces, such as hardwood, tile and laminate flooring
When you choose a disinfectant, you’ll want to choose a product that’s known to kill viruses and bacteria. If you’re going to do this yourself, be sure to read the product’s label closely. For example, there are lots of pine and lemon-scented cleaners that have labels that indicate they kill 99.9% of germs— BUT– germs and viruses are two different things. If you’re going to use a commercial cleaning product to kill COVID-19, make sure it will do just that.
If you’re unable to find a product that kills bacteria, viruses, and germs, you can make one yourself by adding 1/3 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water. Remember- do not mix bleach with other types of commercial cleaning agents- as doing so can create hazardous fumes.
Disinfecting soft floors, such as carpets and rugs
Disinfecting carpets and rugs is a little bit tricker, but not impossible. Similar to cleaning non-porous surfaces, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right product. Pay close attention to product labels and make sure you choose something that is specifically designed with disinfecting properties.
We can help
If you have questions about the best way to disinfect your floors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, call TJS Janitorial and Floor Care today to learn more about our array of floor cleaning services.