With new information coming out every day about coronavirus (COVID-19), one thing remains the same: The best way to protect yourself, your employees, and your loved ones from getting sick is to social distance as much as possible and keep your facilities clean and sanitized at all times.
As an essential business, Bissell BigGreen Commercial is running business as usual to ensure your healthcare facility has the tools it needs to keep the space clean and sanitized for all of your employees and patients. To stay on top of the harsh conditions and strict requirements of the healthcare industry, especially during these uncertain times, consider the following tips for cleaning, sanitizing & disinfecting your healthcare facility.
Cleaning vs. Disinfecting
Oftentimes, professional cleaners don’t fully understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. By understanding the difference between the two, you can ensure a healthier environment in your healthcare facility for patients, families, and staff members.
Cleaning – The process of removing soil and germs from a surface. Soil can harbor germs that become E. Coli, Salmonella, and Influenza.
Disinfecting – The process of killing germs.
By cleaning properly, the process of disinfecting surfaces is much more effective.
Depending on the cleaning products your facility uses, the cleaning and disinfecting process doesn’t have to be several steps. Most cleaning products now have technology that accomplishes the cleaning and disinfecting process in one easy step.
Best Practices for Keeping Your Staff & Patients Safe
Wear Protective Gloves
Wearing gloves improperly can cause bacteria to spread. By changing gloves between patients, patient rooms, and touching heavily soiled items, you can reduce the spread of dangerous bacteria. Never wear gloves in hallways and always wash your hands after removing gloves.
Consistent Cleaning & Disinfecting of High-Touch Areas
Areas such as public restrooms, bed rails, doorknobs, phones, and remote controls are touched often, making them extremely likely to grown dangerous bacteria. Cleaning and disinfecting these high-touch areas is crucial for eliminating dangerous germs.
Work from Clean to Dirty Areas
When cleaning your healthcare facility, always clean the cleaner areas and move to the dirtier areas, such as restrooms. This helps reduce the spread of disease and will help avoid to avoid soiling mops and rags that are part of the cleaning process.
Put a No-Touch System in Place
Cross-contamination can cause germs to spread faster and by putting a no-touch system in place for cleaning and interaction in your healthcare facility, you’re able to reduce the spread of bacteria.
Commercial Vacuums for the Healthcare Industry
At Bissell BigGreen Commercial, we understand the high standards for cleanliness in the healthcare industry. With several scrubbers and polishers, as well as vacuums, our products will ensure a clean space for your patients, their families, and your staff.
Battery Scrubber and Polisher – This two in one cleaning machine is prepared to handle a variety of surfaces you’ll encounter in the healthcare industry. The adjustable scrubber head can reach to clean toilets, kitchens, baseboards, ceilings, and other hard to reach areas. There’s an electric pump that attaches to the handle of this cleaning machine to make it easy to use and transport from one area to another. The multifunctional design is a time-saving tool that will definitely come in handy in an industry as busy and demanding as healthcare.
BGCOMP9H – This versatile machine is designed to work in any commercial industry that requires a professional level of clean, including healthcare. It’s able to clean carpet, upholstery, and a variety of other surfaces with ease. The 1200-watt motor is able to offer a powerful suction while maintaining a quiet performance that won’t disturb patients or staff around the area you’re cleaning. The machine comes equipped with a variety of cleaning attachments and suction power controls that you can easily adjust as you clean. The ability to clean multiple surfaces with one machine makes this a time and money-saving tool.
BGUPRO12T – Just like any other commercial industry, the healthcare industry needs a reliable upright vacuum to maintain the carpets. This vacuum features a powerful 1000-watt motor that is able to deep clean surfaces after just one pass. A 96-foot cleaning reach allows you to work quickly and efficiently without fear of clogging or overheating when combined with the built-in auto shut-off feature. To make this vacuum even more efficient, it holds a 9-foot hose with built-in storage for attachments to clean hard to reach areas. The handle offers adjustable height and a comfort grip to make even the busiest and dirtiest jobs as easy as possible.
To discuss your needs for your healthcare facility and to order your commercial products, contact our team today at 1-800-242-1378.