Cross-contamination is probably something you don’t think too much about and likely take for granted. And if you aren’t already thankful that your janitorial staff cares, you just may be after we explain more about janitorial services and commercial cleaning.

We all value a clean working environment. When the trash is empty, bathrooms are sanitized, floors are clean and overall the office is neat, we feel safe and more productive. Plenty of studies have shown the benefits of a clean office that go beyond just the physical reduction of dirt and bacteria, it changes our emotional well-being too.

Why is Cross Contamination So Important?

Cross contamination can cause sickness and even injury. Some chemicals can’t be mixed without ill effects, such as creating toxic fumes. If the wrong type of cleaning product is used, it can damage property, or ineffectively kill viruses and bacteria, allowing them to spread. Most janitorial companies have specific procedures in place to prevent cross contamination.

Commercial Cleaning Systems To Avoid Cross Contamination

The largest non-medical area for cross contamination is in regards to restrooms. Most systems in place by professional cleaning crews require bathroom cleaning materials such as towels, rags, and mops to be exclusively used in the restrooms and nowhere else.

Restrooms. Special cleaning products are designed for bathroom grade bacteria in order to create true sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. A line of products (chemicals and cleaning cloths) are used for urinals and toilets while separate ones are used for counters, sinks, dispensers, walls and stalls.

Medical Facilities. Medical staff have a specific protocol to follow for surfaces and tools, yet professional commercial cleaning companies handle the additional work medical personnel don’t, such as trash removal, full floor cleaning, common areas and bathrooms. They follow specific steps to avoid the spread of bacteria and viruses unique to medical facilities.

Kitchen areas. Kitchen and food prep areas must be sanitized and avoid cross contamination in order to prevent food related illnesses and the spread of disease. Kitchen areas can also be the main attraction for pests, so a clean space is important. Deep cleaning of common areas such as break rooms and kitchens is usually handled by commercial cleaners who detail the microwave, countertops, refrigerator and other appliances.

Other Items Handled by Commercial Cleaning Professionals

Glass. Glass is a magnet for fingerprints and smudges and must endure the weather elements if outdoor facing. Janitorial services clean interior and exterior glass, whether one floor or high-rise, to keep all glass clear of smudges, dirt and dust.

Trash Removal. Over flowing trash cans are unsightly and unsanitary as they can attract pests and emit unpleasant odors. Regular systematic replacing of trash can liners and disposal of garbage can make the biggest difference in the sight and smell of the office.

Maintenance Issues. Commercial cleaning companies should alert you to maintenance issues that need to be addressed. Because they are covering every square inch of the property searching for dust, cobwebs, pests and debris, they are likely to come across needed repairs so early intervention and repair can be implemented.

Construction Cleans. Pre and post construction cleaning can create its own set of challenges. A professional cleaning crew with remodel clean-up knowledge will help keep the area clean and safe.

Floors. Most commercial properties have a variety of flooring, from carpets to hardwood, vinyl, laminate, tile or VCT. Janitorial service companies know the right products to use to keep floors lasting longer and staying safe.

Supplies Maintenance. Kitchen, bathrooms and common areas require a supply of soaps, paper towel and toilet paper and your professional commercial cleaning company usually maintains the stock for one less thing for you to worry about.

AAA Building Maintenance uses highly trained employees and chemicals specifically formulated for the specialized task at hand. Whether temporary construction cleaning, ongoing janitorial services, or maintenance support, we are here to help businesses obtain and maintain a level of cleanliness they desire. Call us today to schedule your free building audit and quote for your specific needs at 303-716-2802.

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