During the last year, people have seen how even the smallest microorganism can have a large impact. SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19, is tiny, yet it changed people’s lives around the world. It is not the only microorganism that has made a difference in people’s lives. Bacterial microorganisms, like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), along with salmonella, and E. Coli, have also affected people’s lives and well beings. And common pathogens like cold and influenza (flu) viruses continue to impact communities year after year.
It is important to know how to deal with pathogens like these; how to prevent their spread, and how to eliminate them. There are several things worth noting when it comes to combating viruses and bacteria.
Using the Right Chemicals and Chemical Concentrations
Cleaning and disinfecting are a great place to start when trying to combat viruses and bacteria. In fact, regular cleaning and disinfecting is one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of pathogens. But it is important to note that not all pathogens are treated equally. Some are harder to eliminate or kill than others. Some pathogens like cold and flu viruses, are easier to eliminate, and can be treated with a variety of disinfectants. Other viruses, and several types of bacteria, such as C. diff, are harder to kill. Because of this, it is important when treating pathogens, especially ones you know are harder to eliminate, companies providing Irvine janitorial services, or janitorial services anywhere, use the right chemical concentrations. Make sure when mixing chemicals you are using a concentration that is strong enough to eliminate the pathogens you are trying to treat. It is also necessary to use appropriate chemicals—ones that are approved for treating the pathogens you are trying to eliminate. And when you approach cleaning and disinfecting, it is important that you do both. Cleaning before disinfecting can help make sure pathogens are effectively exposed to the disinfectant. Treat all major high-touch surfaces, making sure they are thoroughly disinfected with the proper chemicals and chemical concentrations, and you can do a great deal to reduce the presence and spread of pathogens.
Staying Home and Other Practical Ways to Reduce Spread of Pathogens
Cleaning and disinfecting are a great way to reduce spread of pathogens, like the novel coronavirus, flu, and cold. But there are others worth noting. Perhaps one of the most important ways you can prevent the spread of viruses is by encouraging people who are sick to stay home. The efficacy and value of this cannot be overstated. Treating the air in a building is another way to help combat the spread of these pathogens. Using an air or room purifier, preferably one that utilizes UV light, can help ensure air is cleaner and contains fewer pathogens, making it less likely for airborne viruses to spread throughout a building. Of course, another way to curb pathogen spread and infection, both from viruses and bacteria, is with good hand hygiene. This past year many people realized how important hand hygiene can be. Newer tools for preventing spread include social distancing and mask wearing, which can be encouraged in business cultures.
Janitorial Services Help Combat Pathogens
Though there are several ways to combat viruses and bacteria, cleaning and disinfecting are some of the most significant, and ones that you have more control over. If you need help cleaning and disinfecting your business, and are looking for someone providing Irvine janitorial services, consider ICS. We understand the importance of cleaning and disinfecting to remove and eliminate pathogens, and have been doing so since well before the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us help you combat pathogens, and make your business a safer place.