This in-depth post will walk you through the steps all must take to achieve the optimal level of cleanliness for everyday life moving forward.

Clean, sanitary conditions are on everyone’s mind these days. With the current COVID-19 pandemic still very real in our nation and as “stay at home” orders begin opening up restrictions, the need to stay safe and maintain clean surfaces and sterile environments is greater than ever.

While each workplace and business will have its own specific rules on how to achieve those levels of safety and clean operations for opening, there are lots of sanitizing practices the public can also take in their efforts.

Cleaning and disinfecting in the healthcare setting has specific guidelines as well. Be sure to check with the CDC and your state requirements. Here are a few of the ways to achieve this new required level of cleanliness.

Make Sanitizing Practices and Cleaning a Regular Routine

Simply following steps to clean and disinfect areas and surfaces isn’t a one-time or infrequent practice. It needs to be done regularly and frequently to maintain cleanliness levels. These sanitizing practices and routines keep everyone safe and help stop the potential spread of COVID-19.

Follow Specific Sanitizing and Disinfecting Guidelines

It is advised that all high-touch areas (doorknobs, sinks, buttons on appliances, phones) be cleaned. You should always remove visible grime and loose debris before disinfecting. After you’ve wiped areas with soapy water or another cleaning method, spray a qualified disinfecting agent on the surface. Alcohol, bleach, or ammonia solutions should be mixed with water daily before use, and never mixed with one another. Be sure to read all instructions and check for product expiration dates.

Educate & Monitor Practices

It is important that all places of business and consumers are taking these sanitizing practices seriously. The best way to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting is happening is to become educated on how to do so effectively. If you are a business you should train staff on the methods of cleaning and monitor and check that those steps are actually being taken. At home, in your car or at your work desk, taking personal responsibility for a clean environment can drastically reduce the spread of any virus or disease.

Ramp Up Waste Disposal Efforts

If you are not already using a medical waste removal service provider to handle your medical waste, it’s important that you do and that you increase frequency of those services during this time. Being prepared for a larger amount of waste material, and management of it in an efficient and compliant manner can save you lots of time and frustration as you navigate the new normal.

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