Category: cleaning for health

Indoor air quality matters

While the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance or indoor air quality, the recent extreme weather and disasters across the US have further emphasized it. As the person responsible for your facility’s cleanliness and overall wellness, it may be up to you to put some extra practices into place to ensure that the indoor air quality is up to snuff (no pun intended).

Install an air purification program- Air purification units have become a hot topic because of COVID-19, but they do so much more beyond removing viruses and bacteria from the air. Did you know that air purifiers—

  • Prevent mold and mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in environments with moisture and air flow problems. Installing an air purification system increases air flow which prevents their growth while also ridding the air of their harmful spores.
  • Eliminate odors. Foul odors in your workplace are a turn-off for both employees and guests. Air purifiers stop their spread and get those smoky, chemically, stinky odors at the source.
  • Provide allergy relief. Allergies affect over 50 million Americans and can be a major factor in chronic illness. Commercial grade air purifiers capture common allergens like dust mites and pollen so that they aren’t floating around in the air.
  • And more! Couple all of these benefits with an air purifier’s ability to knock out dangerous viruses and bacteria, and you have a winning solution for your facility. Not only will people feel safer and healthier on site—but you will also see productivity improve. Clean air makes people healthier and feel more energized!

HEPA filtration on cleaning equipment- Carpets, matting, and other soft surfaces in your building can be a holding place for many common allergens. Using cleaning equipment with HEPA filtration lets you deep clean without releasing these miniscule pests back into the air.

Green chemical use- It may seem silly to worry about the chemicals you are using to clean your surfaces when talking about air quality. However, opting for green cleaning chemicals for your program helps reduce indoor air pollution by minimizing the use of solvents, harmful reagents, and other components that may negatively impact your indoor breathing space.

Make masks available- Above all else, keeping masks on hand and readily available encourages employees and guests to take responsibility for their own health. These disposable barriers help keep germs at bay and reduce the spread of everything from colds to the flu to COVID-19.

A quality cleaning program includes air care and purification. This is your chance to ensure your facility is as healthy as possible! If you have any questions about what you can be doing to improve your site’s air quality, you can always email me at katie@pennvalley.com.

Wash. Your. Hands.

Autumn is quickly approaching and with it comes cold and flu season. Add in a super-contagious Delta variant, and we have the making of a very sick season. Whether you are concerned about COVID-19, the flu, or germs in general, hand washing is one of the best defenses we have against the spread of illness. However, many American adults aren’t doing it right!

The numbers around Americans and hand washing can be a little concerning. A recent survey performed by Puronics* indicates that:

  • American adults wash their hands approximately nine times per day
  • 71% do not always wash their hands after sneezing, blowing their nose, or coughing
  • 62% say that you should always wash your hands after being out in public, but only 46% actually do that
  • 51% do not use hand soap every time they wash their hands
  • 38% wash their hands for 15 seconds or less

With such staggering statistics, it feels like an appropriate time to remind everyone about proper hand washing techniques. Here is a printable handwashing poster that you can use as you see fit. The most important takeaways are:

  • The whole hand washing process should take 40-60 seconds
  • Use soap—and use enough to adequately cover all parts of your hands
  • Rubbing your hands together vigorously and in between your fingers and by your nails help to ensure you are getting rid of as many germs as possible
  • Paper towels help complete the hand washing process and help keep washers from re-contaminating their hands

Encourage healthy hands in your facility by keeping your dispensers in your restrooms fully stocked and in working order. You can also print the linked poster from above and laminate it so you can post in your restrooms to show people how to properly wash their hands. It’s one of our best defenses against the spread of illness.

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Not convinced that hand washing is all that important? Check out our video where we use an ATP meter to measure the microorganism count on our training manager’s hands before and after hand washing:

*Puronics performed a hand washing survey of 1,531 self-reporting Americans from April 27 to May 3, 2021. 52% were female and 48% were male with an average age of 38. You can see the full survey results here.