There are many cleaning supplies for cleaning commercial property or facilities claiming that they: “kills all germs” “disinfects”, “sanitizes”, “kills all bacteria on all surfaces”. But what does this terminology mean? Which product is best for which specific property, for example – health club, school, hospital or a commercial office? Sometimes it is very hard to find information on the package to be 100% sure that the product meets your individual needs.
Many consumers are overwhelmed by choice and lack of evidence-based information. It leads to rash and uninformed decisions which in turn can hurt the business budget.
That’s why Alphaclean has compiled this guide to help you and your business make a better decision.
Germs spread very fast. Some facts disturbingly confirm the widespread misconceptions about germ hotspots.
The average carpet harbors 31,000 bacteria per square centimetre, making them 620 times more germ stricken than the average toilet. What about work stations or desks? The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.
Touching a contaminated surface or object, before touching your mouth, eyes, nose or other opening of the body spreads infection.
Every successful business understands that safety and risk management comes first because of the tragic consequences that may follow and destroy your future. However, it may never have incurred to you that allergies could be a threat to your business.
For example, you might be liable for personal injury or anaphylactic shock if an allergic reaction was to occur in your workplace . An allergic reaction falls into the broader category of personal injury.
There are several things to consider when understanding the impact of allergies on your business. Firstly, there are many forms of allergies and a variety of symptoms that torment allergy patients.
Timing and symptoms sometimes make it impossible to determine the source of the reaction. Symptoms can occur within 30 minutes following exposure, or may not develop until several hours later. In some cases, symptoms increase in severity for 8 to 12 hours. In 20–30 percent of patients with asthma, an allergic reaction can trigger an acute asthma attack.
In any case, allergies and sensitivities result in more frequent absenteeism in adults and reduced productivity at work, and therefore can cause considerable damage to business in any industry and any type of workplace.
To fight germs and infections, the spreading knowledge about proper cleaning of surfaces is required.
These verbs are sometimes used incorrectly as synonyms. However, the difference in meaning determines the success of your cleaning routine.
Words, “sterilize” “sanitize”, and “disinfect” have connotation that describes the strength of solution to kill, suppress or inactivate different types of microbes. Sanitizers are the least aggressive solutions, sterilants are the best against the broadest scope of microorganisms, while disinfectants are the most common medium strength solutions.
Sterilants and disinfectants are regulated in Australia. Not only manufacturing but also the claims made in the instruction, labels and marketing materials of sterilants and disinfectants are strictly regulated in Australia. These solutions need also to be confirmed for your specific industry standards, like food.
The well-known chemical disinfectant includes alcohols, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, iodophors, peracetic acid, phenolics, ammonium compounds, and chlorine.
Commercial Grade Disinfectants are mostly used to destroy the most common bacteria in bathrooms, showers, toilets, hotels, garbage containers and animal kennels.
When choosing cleaning solution for benches, cutting boards, equipment, table tops, storage areas, food cupboards and refrigeration cabinets, you can choose Surface Sanitiser & Cleaner that also complies with food sanitation regulations.
This is a not a final checklist, as each sector and business environment is very specific. However, you can start with the first five points.
Yes, there is a solution that if used properly and regularly can kill 99.9% of germs. Commercial Steam Cleaners kill germs also without using harsh chemicals. You will be cleaning and disinfecting at the same time. No bacteria, germ or virus can survive steam at a temperature of 110 degrees.
Being easy to use, steam cleaners provides fast disinfection, broad kill range, reduces potential of cross-contamination, is non-toxic and will not damage any surfaces.
3 more benefits of steam cleaning are:
Germ-killing power of steam cleaner depends on many factors, such as the moisture content of the steam & its temperature.
Making sure you have continuous capacity of steam is also vital.
Steam cleaning is a universal solution to handle germs and stains in most property cleaning however there are also other options depending on many variables, such as the foot traffic, surfaces, frequency of clean. Here you can find some examples how specific industries take advantage of steam cleaning but please understand that this guide is not all about using steam.
It is era of increasing antibiotic resistance. Health industry is continuously fighting to find the best and the safest way to ensure clean premises. Within just 2 seconds of surface contact commercial steam cleaner effectively kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A Hospital or any clinic is a busy environment at any time of the day.
In the various food and beverage processing facilities it not only kills germs, but also removes all types of grease and other residues from many and various surfaces including cooking devices. Using no chemicals can also mean no strange odour as well. That is not to mention that there may be times when chemical is needed, particularly for drain cleaning.
Fitness industry: Gym & fitness centres & Yoga & Pilates Studios
Steam cleaner allows to successfully reduce maintenance costs of gyms and studios; therefore, it has become a popular choice for many business owners.
Also, for cleaning gyms, steamers having an attached vacuum is a necessity. These steam and vacuum cleaners can clean all gym equipment and extract the dirt as well. The multi-functionality of the product ensures time and budget efficiency. It is always advisable to check that your chosen steam cleaner has all required brushes in the kit for your gym design and equipment.
Germs and choice of solutions can be overwhelming task for any business owner or manager. It is not your job to know everything. Cleaning equipment providers have answers for your industry. Ask for an individual and be specific about your needs and risks of germs in your business premises so that a specialist consultant can help you choose the best option and strategy.
When choosing commercial cleaning equipment, a business should care about its ability to act fast on surface germs and decide on best cleaning technique to avoid cross-contamination. This guide demonstrates how a steam cleaner and certain disinfectants ensures 100% suppression of germs. Not to mention, that there are many other options other than steam cleaners.
This article produced by Alphaclean is a guide only about fighting allergies and influenza will hopefully help you make an even more informed decision and keep your property safe and healthy for staff and customers.