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October 05, 2020 | Blog

Coronavirus Commercial Disinfecting Services
Are They Effective?

An explanation of major fears commercial property managers have related
to disinfecting their properties since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and how they are resolving it.
A commercial property disinfection service is an option.

COVID-19 has changed the world dramatically. Every industry has had to adapt to this pandemic to keep clients and employees safe and healthy.

Commercial property and facility management is no exception.

The commercial real estate sector faces many challenges based on what’s required to maintain their assets within their prescribed budgets. 

One of the most important factors for large buildings is maintaining disinfection services regularly.

Cleaning a property has always been vital.

However, now the stakes (and costs) are raised.  

A professional disinfection service can help alleviate these issues.

An outsourced provider can offer much-needed management support to make sure commercial properties are kept clean and its occupants have peace of mind. 

Property and Facility Managers In the COVID-19 Era

How has COVID-19 affected the maintenance of commercial buildings and their tenant and employee retention needs?

Many properties and facilities have had to close or experienced a significant reduction in occupancy because of COVID-19.

While reasons vary, the most common is because there are fewer employees, tenants, and visitors on-site, as well as governmental restrictions.

Having reduced foot traffic often forces property managers to reduce costs and possibly reduce staff.

How have property and facility managers responded?

In some cases, some have decided to cut operating expenses because of the reduced occupancy at their buildings.

Reduced revenue, in many instances, goes hand-in-hand.  Expectations for asset-wide cleanliness, however, has actually increased due to the pandemic. 

Hiring a disinfection service that can facilitate a return to work action plan can help managers meet the increased sanitation needs of COVID-19.

This is a way that facilities can re-open and/or prepare for increased occupancy and accompanying traffic.

They can help develop a strategy to help employees return to work safely. 

COVID-19 Creates An Increased Demand for Disinfection Services 

How does the spread of COVID-19 relate to disinfecting a commercial property?

COVID-19 can spread rapidly through the contact of persons and/or surfaces containing the virus.

The virus, however, can be partially controlled through effective surface disinfection. 

Many properties have initiated more-thorough cleanings to ensure sanitary premises for employees and visitors.

How can they afford to do so when commercial properties need to be cleaned more thoroughly? 

Another option is hiring a (COVID-19) disinfection service.

COVID disinfection services can be provided by a third party that can help managers effectively and efficiently cleans their commercial facilities.

They utilize special equipment disinfecting hospital-grade disinfectants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) List N, which depicts registered antimicrobial products for use against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. 

The Right Equipment and Disinfectant

What are some of the major concerns property and facility managers have?

Keeping their real estate assets clean and its occupants and guests feel safe.

This is not easy for a dynamic commercial property. Nonetheless, the right equipment for the job matters, especially in light of COVID-19. 

Purchasing new equipment, particularly specialized disinfecting devices, can be expensive.

This can present a great challenge to commercial real estate managers who want to keep a healthy, sanitary environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19, yet have fixed budgetary constraints. 

So, what is the “right cleaning equipment”?

Facilities services companies who perform electrostatic disinfection know which electrostatic sprayers work best for different applications, whether electrically-powered backpack units or battery-operated portable hand-held devices. 

Whichever models are utilized, they need to project a uniform spray of positively-charged disinfectant which will aggressively cling to objects and surfaces – including their undersides and backsides.   

As noted, only disinfectants certified by the EPA have proven to kill viruses and bacterias such as the Novel Coronavirus should be utilized. 

Using the incorrect disinfectant may result in no effect in achieving the goal of keeping one’s commercial facility clean. 

The Right Training 

Property and facility managers already have a lot to think about when running a large project.

Most do not have the time nor background to prepare for COVID-19 training while operating a clean commercial asset is more critical than ever, particularly now that COVID-19 is a threat.  

A COVID-19 disinfection service will provide employees trained to handle COVID-19, plus cleaning equipment to properly disinfect the applicable areas.

Technicians will understand how to properly, safely, and effectively operate electrostatic sprayers.

They will also have access to and wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  

Qualified janitorial services will be able to collaborate with their electrostatic disinfection Clients in all aspects, including answering questions, as well as provide Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information. 

Conclusion

Engaging COVID-19 disinfecting services can help your facility navigate through the pandemic. Increasing cleanliness, providing your tenants and employees confidence, and being an integral part of your business plan is amongst the benefits.       

Servi-Tek Facility Solutions is a full-service commercial Janitorial and Engineering firm that is well-versed in performing electrostatic disinfection in numerous types of commercial real estate assets. 

Reach out to us today to see how we can partner.

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