As Governor Ralph Northam starts revealing Virginia’s reopening plan to the coronavirus pandemic, our Richmond restoration company wants to make it as easy as possible for Virginia business owners to open their doors to the public. That’s why we are open and actively working with businesses during their time of need. We are providing essential services, such as biohazard virus/pathogen clean-up with regularly scheduled preventative cleanings and “post-contamination” cleanings.
As we move towards phased re-openings, here are some important things business owners and managers need to know.
Follow State Guidelines for Re-Opening
First, it is critical that businesses follow the state guidelines for re-opening. Until Governor Northam says it is permissible, do not open your business! However, even when you reach the phase where your business may be re-opened, you will need to put guidelines in place to protect your employees and customers, such as using disinfectants frequently.
You will also need to have a plan in place for what to do if one of your employees is infected with COVID-19. For example, disinfecting procedures are more enhanced if someone at the workplace is infected or has come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If this occurs in your business, Virginia Restoration Services, a restoration company in Richmond VA residents trust, offers “post-contamination” cleanings.
Know the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting
It is also important to recognize the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. These two terms are often used by people thinking they mean the same thing, but they are quite different. Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and germs from a surface; however, cleaning does not kill germs. In contrast, disinfecting refers to using disinfectants to kill germs on a surface. But that doesn’t mean you only need to disinfect. Since disinfecting does not clean surfaces, it is necessary to clean surfaces first and then disinfect using an EPA-registered household disinfectant.
Disinfect High Traffic and High Touch Areas
One of the biggest procedural changes that will take place after re-opening your business will be the way you disinfect surfaces. It will be more important than ever before to maintain a regular schedule for cleaning and disinfecting high traffic or high touch areas – and it should happen multiple times a day. When we say high traffic or high touch areas, we are referring to spaces that are frequently visited and touched that you may not have been cleaning as actively before, such as keyboards, door handles, railings, phones, and light switches. Additionally, you should plan to pay more attention to tables, desks, and counters. And, you certainly want to clean and disinfect all the restroom fixtures, including faucets, multiple times a day.
Schedule Enhanced Cleanings or Building Treatments
We understand that this entire experience and the Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes that the CDC published is overwhelming for business owners. We’re here to help! Our COVID-19 services include enhanced cleanings and building treatments that include using an EPA registered disinfectant.
Does your business need COVID-19 services?