Disinfecting Your Business
June 11, 2020 by David Scott
It is totally understandable to be skeptical about COVID-19 right now. As the world has practically shut down preventing its spread, it’s more on our minds than ever. If you’ve had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your business, we strongly recommend contacting Bio-One of Tuscon for COVID-19 disinfecting services. But, if you’re unsure whether you’ve been exposed and you just want to be safe, it’s good to know how to disinfect your business of COVID-19, if it were hypothetically present.
Hard Surfaces: COVID-19 has the ability to survive on hard surfaces for a few hours to a few days, depending on the object. If you suspect COVID-19 is in your building, clean hard surfaces with soap and hot water. After you’ve washed and rinsed the surface, apply a household disinfectant. There is a list of EPA-registered household disinfectants that will wipe out COVID-19, courtesy of the CDC.
Soft Items: COVID-19 doesn’t survive as long on soft items such as cushions or couches, but there’s still a risk you could catch it. For these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Afterward, it’s important to launder them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Given that some items are machine washable and others aren’t, the process will be different for every single item. Finally, just like hard surfaces, apply disinfectant after it has been laundered, to ensure that any remaining COVID-19 molecules are effectively dealt with.
Laundry: Given that laundry is thoroughly washed with soap in the machine, the best way to disinfect your clothes is to wash it the same way you would normally. Put it in the machine wash and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally speaking, COVID-19 doesn’t like hot temperatures, so stick with warmer water if it’s an option. Finally, make sure you’re disinfecting your clothes hampers on a regular basis. If you supply your workers with any kind of clothing, be it aprons, gloves, or a full uniform, you’ll want to launder it correctly.
Phones and Electronics: Given how much we handle our smartphones every day, it’s important to keep them clean. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on keeping your device clean. If there is no official information, use wipes with 70% alcohol. Be very gentle in your application, because water damage could ruin your phone, and be sure to dry it completely after wiping it down. The same advice applies to most other electronics, which is important if you own an office space. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, and when in doubt, use wipes that won’t overwhelm the object with water.
The instructions above should be considered as preventative maintenance measures. In reality, if you’re positive that your business has been exposed to COVID-19, the best thing you can do is call Bio-One of Tucson for COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting services. It’s one thing to take precautions, but if you’re absolutely sure your building has been infected, it’s not something you want to leave to chance — we’ll make sure that you’re safe and sound. Contact us today!