Covid-19 Cleaning Frequently

6 steps to cleaning high touch surfaces around the workplace

How do You Keep Your Facility Safe From Covid-19?

COVID 19 has significantly changed our personal and professional lives. If you are a small business owner, you have more than likely felt the strain. Where in the past you only had to make sure your focus was on supplying products and services, now you need to include disease control strategies for keeping employees and customers safe. Business in the current climate is challenging, especially when things are changing daily. Fortunately, there are resources available to help keep your employees and customers safe, ensuring your business can still grow despite COVID-19.

Don’t forget to also check the SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA COVID-19 website for additional measures for your industry and always ensure you are working in line with government standards.

Covid-19 Routine Cleaning, Do I Need to Clean light switches as well?

First things first, you will need to establish a comprehensive COVID 19 cleaning check list. This checklist will help you make sure you know what cleaning and disinfecting products you need for frequently touched surfaces and work areas.

Detergents should be either as a solution that can be mixed with water or as a wipe.What Surfaces Should You Br Cleaning Regularly?

  1. Detergent should be a quality 2 in 1 detergent and disinfectant solution, this can be used for routine cleaning.
  2. Wipes should contain at least a 70% hospital grade alcohol for frequently touched areas.
  3. General cleaning cloths, preferably a colour coded range, reducing the risk of cross contamination.
  4. Disposable gloves, masks and eye protection reduce the need to launder and clean PPE.

To reduce risk of COVID 19 contaminated areas, ensure your cleaning services are cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as:

  • Tabletops
  • Door handles
  • Light switches – always be careful around electronics.
  • Desk
  • Toilets and toilet doors
  • Taps
  • TV remotes – always be careful around electronics.
  • Kitchen surfaces
  • Cupboard handles
  • Elevator buttons – always be careful around electronics.
  • All visibly dirty areas

Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects, these are surfaces used repeatedly by lots of people throughout the day. Clean surfaces and fittings that are visibly soiled or after any spillage as soon as possible.

What Additional Cleaning is Required If Someone In Your Workplace is Suspected Or Confirm To have Covid-19?

  • 6 steps to cleaning high touch surfaces around the workplaceIt goes without say you will be required to carry out additional cleaning should you have the unfortunate circumstance of this event happening. Keep calm and refer to your COVID 19 cleaning and disinfection process checklist.
    • Prevent access to the areas that were used by the suspected or confirmed case as well as any common areas (break rooms, bathrooms and any known or likely touch points.
    • Open outside doors and windows if possible, this will increase air circulation.
  • What will your cleaning service need for cleaning and disinfecting?
    • a detergent, as a solution that can be mixed with water and ….
    • a disinfectant containing alcohol in a concentration equal to or greater than 70%, chlorine bleach in a concentration of 1000 parts per million, (see the Australian Government, Department of Health website for more information on achieving the correct bleach solution) or …..
    • use a 2 in 1 detergent and disinfectant solution or wipes for cleaning and disinfecting.

The TGA has published a list of disinfectant products that are permitted to claim they are effective against COVID 19. So long as you use a disinfectant containing one of the chemicals listed above in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions, they will be effective. They do not have to be on the TGA list.

 

  • a combined detergent and disinfectant solution for disinfecting high intensity areas.
  • appropriate PPE for cleaning staff should require them to wear gloves, including disposable gloves, and safety eye protection.
  • Provide a disposable apron to protect where there is visible contamination exist, respiratory secretions or other bodily fluids.
  • surgical mask to protect staff if the person suspected to have COVID 19 is in the room.

 

With Covid-19 What Should I Clean?

Thoroughly clean and then disinfect:

All areas of the business or community area suspected or confirmed contamination. Any common areas and….

any known frequently touched surfaces or likely touch points in the workplace such as:

  • Tabletops
  • Door handles
  • Light
  • switches
  • Desk
  • Toilets and toilet doors
  • Taps
  • TV remotes
  • Kitchen surfaces
  • Cupboard handles

How Do I Clean Safely, Do I Need To Wear Gloves And Other PPE?

  • Always read the product label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for cleaning products before using and make sure you follow all instructions, including all required PPE. Always make sure the product is suitable for use on the frequently touch surfaces you are cleaning.
  • Ensure staff and cleaning services are trained in putting PPE on and taking PPE off, including washing or sanitising hands between steps.
  • Use disposable gloves where possible and discard after each use. Wash or sanitise hands before and after wearing gloves.

What To Do After Cleaning?

After you disinfect surfaces clean your hands
  • Dispose of any single use PPE, disposable cloths and covers in a rubbish bag and place it inside another rubbish bag and dispose of in general waste.
  • Launder any reusable cleaning equipment including mop heads and disposable cloths and completely dry before re-use.
  • Empty and re-clean equipment such as buckets with a fresh solution of disinfectant completely dry before re-use.

 

What About The Air Conditioning and Ventilated Spaces?

prevention of the spread of germs

Ventilation is the deliberate introduction of fresh air and removal of stale air from a space. This guidance aims to support the community, business and organisations to understand why well-ventilated indoor spaces reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, and to take action to stay COVID-safe. For indoor environments, ensuring that heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are well-maintained and operating properly may help to manage the risk of virus transmission. For individualised advice, businesses and organisations should consider consulting relevant experts such as building owners or facility managers, ventilation engineers and industrial or occupational hygienists.

Some facilities, such as healthcare, have specific recommendations which should be followed.

 

Why Is Ventilation Important?

monitor the buildings air con system

The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread from person to person through contact with droplets, which are produced when a person sneezes or coughs, or through other small respiratory particles that are produced when people talk, sing or shout. These small particles can remain in the air for some time. Aerosolised particles may build up if there is not enough ventilation, for example, if a group of people sing or speak loudly in an indoor space without the windows or doors open. Open or well-ventilated spaces reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 because infectious particles are more quickly diffused in the open air than in spaces with less ventilation.

Transmission of COVID-19 is more common indoors, where there may be less space to physically distance, and where people may come into contact with droplets and aerosolised particles more easily.

To help reduce the risk, it is important to take steps to improve ventilation in indoor settings so that any infectious particles that may be present in the air are more quickly removed.

What Steps Are Needed to Improve Ventilation Indoors?

 

Indoor ventilation can be most easily improved by opening doors and windows. Other ways to safely improve ventilation include to:

Covid-19 cleaning frequently

  • avoid directing fans towards people’s faces, such as by aiming them continuously towards the ceiling or floor. Limit oscillation and turbulence of fans
  • regularly inspect, maintain and clean heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • avoid using only recirculated air in HVAC systems, and increase the outside air intake
  • consider disabling ventilation controls with automated settings that reduce air supply based on temperature or occupancy
  • ensure exhaust fans are operational if in place.
  • consulting relevant experts such as building owners or facility managers, ventilation engineers and industrial or occupational hygienists.

What Does Lint Free Mean?

DO LINT FREE CLEANING CLOTHS REALLY EXIST? Lint Free rags

The simple answer is NO and YES. Let’s face it, everyone hates lint and fluff, but there are various degrees of lint and on most applications there will be varying levels of tolerance. For instance, using towels or cotton items, a few spots of lint fibre on glassware or glass panels might be ok but if you were working in a cleanroom environment then fibres would not be acceptable. If your tolerance for lint is extremely low then forget cotton cleaning rags and go for a specially manufactured lint free wiper. A lint free wiper is specially manufactured using a variety of materials with low lint properties that reduce and or alleviate the presence of lint.

 

WHAT IS A LINT FREE CLEANING CLOTH?

Trugrade have a range of lint free cleaning wipes which are non-woven and manufactured using a process called hydroentanglement. Hydroentanglement is a bonding process that uses thousands of high-speed jets of water to bind a group of blended fibres together. These fibres are entangled in a fibre which is then dried and wound into rolls. During the process, the fibres may be rearranged to create patterns known as aperture or creped, resulting in a strong, soft sheet structure. A lint free cloth is a wiper that does not leave fine and short fibres on a surface after wiping. For cleaning tasks in pharmaceutical manufacturing, spray painting, food manufacturing and other industries it is important to have low or no lint. There are plenty of other examples where critical cleaning tasks need to use lint free wipers, for instance cleaning sensitive machines and equipment, glass cleaning, maintenance and cleaning surgical instruments.

 

FAQ ON LINT FREE CLOTHS, WIPES, TOWELS AND RAGS? make all surfaces lint free

 

Q. Are cotton rags lint free?

Small fibres wound together make up cotton, see the photo to the right. Let’s say you are cleaning some drinking glasses using a cotton towel, the small fibres will normally separate from each other and deposit themselves on a surface, even with a light abrasive cleaning action. This would normally be the end of the discussion, but it is not! Cotton has many properties, for instance a loose weave will result in more lint and a tight weave will result in less lint.

 

Q. How do I drastically reduce the risk of lint?

wipe away lint with lint free products

If you are looking for a suitable low lint wiper and want to avoid annoying lint, then you should be avoiding paper or loose weave cotton rags and paper towels like:

  • Paper towel rolls and sheets – See paper fibre exploded view to the right.
  • Interleaved paper towel
  • Paper centrefeed roll towel. Just remember one simply rule, PAPER TOWEL AND COTTON RAG can result in lint!

The best solution for avoiding lint is to use a specially made lint free cleaning cloth.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST LINT FREE CLOTH?

This will be dependent on the cleaning task and environment you want to clean or wipe. There are many cleaning wipes specially manufactured for work areas and cleaning environments were there is a low tolerance for lint.

TRUMICRO

Is a smooth finish lint free microfibre cloth. This type of cloth is designed as an extremely tough and absorbent lint free cloth, with high tolerance to tearing. Because Trumicro has a smooth finish (not looped) it is less prone to get hooked on surface edges.

Click here for more information.

 TRULOLINT

Is a range of low lint and lint free cloths and wipes made from a mix of polyester and polyproylene designed for heavy (Series 80), medium (Series 70) and light (Series 60) lint free cleaning tasks. Our Trulolint TLL4078 is specially designed to clean and buff glassware in domestic and commercial kitchens, aged care facilities, hospitals, schools and retailers.

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 TRUPREP

Includes heavy duty low lint cloths uniquely textured to hold oil, inks and solvents. They are 100% polypropylene, absorbent, lint free cloths. Truprep products have been designed for use in pharmaceutical manufacturing, spray painting industry and printing ink facilities, they have been designed to specifically replace cleaning rags.

Click here for more information on Truprep.

TRUWIPE SPECIALTY

Included in this range are cleaning products suitable for hospitals, aged care, dental and inflight services. Truwipe Specialty, non-woven lint free cloths have been specifically designed to for a variety of low lint cleaning tasks.

Click here for more information on Truwipes.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LINT FREE CLEANING CLOTHS?

Low lint wipes are created from a mass of fibres, resulting in a strong and durable wipe with good wet and dry strength and excellent absorbency. These wipes leave surfaces lint free after cleaning, so they can be used where contaminant control is essential for example when cleaning and preparing surfaces before painting or removing sealer, cleaning instrument parts, tools, food preparation areas, equipment and machinery.

The Trugrade range of lint free cleaning cloths and wipes are highly absorbent making them economical for mopping up spillages and absorbing oils. These wipes are an effective way to clean and degrease car panels and other surfaces.

The Trugrade range of wipes are also chemically resistant to most cleaning agents so can be used for industrial cleaning or for general wiping purposes.

The range of low lint non-woven, impregnated and textured wipes are available in convenient packs including rolls, flat sheet, folded formats, and dispenser boxes, designed to suit the needs of your business. You can view the range of Trugrade products, HERE.

Other benefits resulting from using lint free cleaning cloths, include;

  1. Less lint, results in a surface or object being cleaner.
  2. Reduces the possibility of contamination on surfaces and equipment.
  3. Low lint cloths offer low fibre generation due the lack of tiny fibres normally found in cotton rags and paper towels.
  4. Low lint cloths are safe to use on dry sensitive surfaces without depositing cotton or paper fibres helping reduce the risk of contamination.
  5. Low lint cloths are designed to trap small particles of dust, dirt and grit normally found on surfaces. This means you can clean without scratching.
  6. Lint free cleaning wipes reduce the risk of contaminating food preparation areas as well as food manufacturing facilities.
  7. Lint free colour coded cleaning cloths are available for use in the dairy and food industries.

 If you have any questions or want to find out more about the possibilities for your industrial or commercial application, please click here and one of our experienced staff will be in touch.

What Is Colour Coded Cleaning

How Did Colour Coded Cleaning Come About?

The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc), back in the 1990’s was the first institution to develop a universal colour code standard, and although it is not enforced by law this code has been adopted across the Hospitals, Aged Care, Professional Institutions as well as the cleaning industry at large, because of its health and environmental benefits.

The BICSc has, over the years has reviewed its code and aligned it with those from other organisations such as the National Patient Safety Agency. The BICSc believes all cleaning equipment and materials within a hospital janitorial store area should be colour coded, cleaning products like cloths, buckets, mops and aprons etc, it is a common belief this reduces the risk of cross contamination in the varied cleaning environments.

 

What is Colour Coded Cleaning and Cross Contamination?

 

Colour Coding Cleaning products

Colour coded cleaning was created to reduce the risk of cross contamination when cleaning. It is the process of applying colours to cleaning cloths and cleaning equipment in areas of a venue, reducing the spread of germs across various areas and increasing hygiene standards throughout commercial or domestic environments. The main colours being, blue, green, red and yellow are used to separate areas such as washrooms, bars, public areas, food preparation areas and kitchens.

The Food Standards Australian New Zealand (FSANZ) suggests that separate colour coded cloths and cleaning equipment should be used in areas where food is handled, prepared, and eaten.

Where health and safety are paramount, colour coding is used throughout, particularly in healthcare and catering as cross contamination can lead to an unsafe workplace and serious illness. Colour coded cleaning cloth and cleaning equipment colours are representative to their area of use. As an example, you would not want to be cleaning a kitchen food preparation area with a cloth that has been used in a bathroom. The colour coded cleaning areas are broken down in four areas, these being:

  • Restaurant and bars – including café lounge and dining area
  • Public areas – Receptions, lobbies and hallways
  • Kitchen and food preparation areas – food preparation areas, all kitchens and where food is stored or prepared
  • Washroom and toilets – including bathrooms, powder rooms and shower areas

 

WHERE TO USE COLOUR CODED CLEANING CLOTHS AND CLEANING EQUIPMENT?

 

Colour Coded cleaning products - what colour goes where

The colour coding of cleaning cloths and cleaning equipment has been known to vary from business to business and any system you adopt is entirely up to each business. However, the previously mentioned guide is the most universally accepted, currently used by most catering and healthcare establishments and institutions in their cleaning process. Any colour coded cleaning process you choose will rely on your staff members understanding and being trained to understand what you decide as your colours. There are, however, regulations for healthcare that must be followed to ensure patient care.

Businesses are advised to follow the guidelines set out by FSANZ and in particularly Standard 3.2.3.(See below). The use of colour coded cleaning cloths and cleaning equipment has been particularly useful having been widely adopted by catering, retail, factories and offices. FSANZ outline the importance of maintaining a high degree of food quality, safety and hygiene issues and ensures working environments remain hygienic, healthy and safe. Encouraging colour coded cleaning practices will ensure your workplace benefits from improved productivity and remains safe, efficient and clean.

 FSANZ Standard 3.2.3. sets out requirements for the design and construction of food premises, fixtures, fittings, equipment and food transport vehicles. The objective of this standard is to ensure that, where possible, the layout of the premises to minimise opportunities for food contamination. If complied with, these requirements will help food businesses meet the food safety requirements of Standard 3.2.2.

Some exemptions apply to temporary food businesses and businesses operating from a private home. For further information you should contact your state or territory health department or local council.

 

COLOUR CODING CLEANING CLOTHS – ARE THERE OTHER COLOURS IN THE STANDARD?

 

Colour coded cleaning system

 

To avoid cross contamination in other areas outside the four areas already discussed, there are two additional colours bringing the list to 6 colours and where applicable these should be included as part of your normal cleaning practices.

The additional colours are white and brown.

White is used in the healthcare sector in operating theatres and the brown is used in the café sector as a Barista’s colour coded cleaning cloth.

 

IS COLOUR CODED CLEANING TRAINING NEEDED?

 

Colour coded cleaning products training

Using a single cloth in every room in a workplace as an example, can potentially spread bacteria from the bathroom to the kitchen. A failure in cleaning practices and hygiene standards can potentially increase the risk of cross contamination possibly leading to the spread of serious illness. When colour coded cleaning cloths and cleaning equipment are used to separate work areas, they significantly reduced the risk of cross contamination. It is therefore even more important to continue to educate and train new staff in the way colour coded cleaning operates in the workplace, and continuous improvement will lead to better productivity.

 

Contact Us

For more information on colour coding in Australia and the products we offer please feel free to contact trugrade via phone or email us any questions you may have.

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