While disinfectants and sanitisers are ideal for spot treating door handles, light switches, telephones, drinks machines, and similar high-touch surfaces – especially in crowded highly frequented venues – they are not good cleaners and cannot compensate for the efficiency of thorough cleaning action.
The number one thing you can do to make a difference is to avoid getting infected and spreading the virus by washing your hands frequently with soap and water. Soap works by dissolving the fat (lipid bilayer) membrane that surrounds viruses, which then renders the virus inactive.
So ‘killing the virus’ shouldn’t be the only goal, as it’s a short-term reaction, we are better focusing on limiting the spread of the contamination. You can do so by ensuring surfaces are cleaned thoroughly, which means deep cleaning and not just a superficial wipe, all the while practising good hand hygiene.
It’s important to remember, that as soon as a living organism appears in a sterilised environment and someone touches the surface, the surface is contaminated and then the original disinfection is meaningless.
Simply put, you need to disinfect after every member of staff, student, visitor or guest, which is neither practical nor does it create sustainable conditions for life on the planet.
There are valid reasons for cleaning more often, but not with disinfectant cleaning products – the important thing is to keep everything clean.
We realise the impact that the coronavirus will be having on your business, and our focus, as always, remains the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and the staff and visitors in your own organisations. Our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19.
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