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October 05, 2020 | Blog

COVID 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 its assets within its 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 their 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, have 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 throughout a home or business containing the virus.

The virus, however, can be controlled through proper cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as door handles or light switches using EPA-registered products

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 professional provider of Coronavirus cleaning services with years of experience. 

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 FOR DISINFECTING AND SANITIZING

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.

Properly performed commercial cleaning services involve deep cleaning and using an approved disinfectant for small and large areas of the facility.

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. Most do not have the time or background in commercial disinfection.  

A professional cleaning and disinfection company has trained employees equipped with the proper equipment for disinfection.

These technicians understand how to properly, safely, and effectively operate electrostatic sprayers and use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  

Qualified janitorial services will collaborate with clients, answer questions, and provide Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information. 

Conclusion

Since COVID-19, new priorities include increasing overall cleanliness and the confidence of your tenants and employees.        

Servi-Tek Facility Solutions is a full-service commercial janitorial and facility engineering firm familiar with performing electrostatic disinfection. 

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

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