Tag: 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.

Preparing your facility for the Delta variant

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading throughout the country and everyone is beginning to scramble to make sure their facilities are ready for what comes next. With so much uncertainty of what to expect come fall time, it is crucial that companies are doing all they can to make their buildings as safe as possible. As the person responsible for your facility’s cleanliness, you have the opportunity to create a healthy space where both COVID-19 and its Delta variant will be less likely to spread. Here’s what to look at:

Air quality– COVID-19 is an airborne illness and the Delta variant is no different. The biggest issue is how much more contagious this new strain is—which makes air quality that much more important. This video from Good Morning America is a great overview of the benefits of a solid air purifying program. While they specifically discuss schools, the science checks out for all public spaces.

Cleaning and disinfecting– The pandemic has renewed the public’s interest in commercial cleaning practices. As facilities work to remain open, they can help ease employees and guests’ minds by implementing a regular cleaning schedule that includes a disinfection regimen. Making sure to use the right cleaning chemicals and disinfectants for your surfaces and to follow all instructions related to dilutions and dwell times to ensure that you are maximizing your cleaning power.

Safety first– Keeping products like hand sanitizer and face masks on hand will make guests in your facility feel more secure. If you are not sure of where to strategically place these items, keep them in entryways, common areas, and places with high-touch points.

Staying stocked– The ongoing global labor and transportation crises have created supply chain issues on every level. Maintain plenty of stock in your janitor’s closet so you don’t run out of the supplies you need to keep your building running safely and smoothly.  You’ll want to adjust your par levels to be ready for two-months at a time, wherever possible. If you have questions about stock levels, what’s available, and how to best manage your inventory, reach out to your vendor partners for support.

As always, the cleaning industry is doing important work to make the world safer for all. We are so proud to do what we can to support you and your work. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me at katie@pennvalley.com. We are here to help you keep your business clean!