COAST CARPET CLEANING STANDARDS FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING FOR COVID-19 RESIDENTIAL
Coast Carpet Cleaning is here to assist in your healthy environment requirements, both personally and professionally during these uncertain times. Our services of cleaning and maintaining a healthy environment has been given clearance to continue operating during our National and County lock-down, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has been identified as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”.
“Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.”
As always, our #1 value at Coast Carpet Cleaning is to restore your home to a healthy and presentable environment, as you value the health, safety and comfort of your family and friends. Our team is actively monitoring communications from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and federal agencies to ensure we are operating consistent with the latest guidance to contain the spread of the “Coronavirus”.
According to the CDC, cleaning is the necessary first step of any disinfection process. Cleaning removes organic matter, salts, and visible soils, all of which interfere with microbial inactivation. The physical action of scrubbing with detergents and surfactants and rinsing with water removes substantial numbers of microorganisms. If a surface is not cleaned first, the success of the disinfection process can be compromised. For more information about the critical importance of cleaning, we encourage you to visit the CDC for more information. For over 50 years, Coast Carpet Cleaning continues to uphold this process with the goal of maintaining a healthy environment for our clients and their employees. Listed below are the guidelines set by our leadership at Coast Carpet Cleaning, in correlation with the standards of the CDC, EPA and the IICRC for cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining a healthy environment.
CDC GUIDELINES FOR RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS
This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas occupied by those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19. It is aimed at limiting the survival of SARS-CoV-2 in key environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available. These guidelines are focused on your personal dwelling environment with the intent to restore health, safety and comfort to you and your loved ones.
- Residential dwelling – a self-contained unit of accommodation used by one or more people and / or households – a home, apartment, condominium, etc.
- Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting works by using chemicals, for example EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
CLEANING & DISINFECTING RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS OFFERED
Hard (Non-porous) Surfaces
- Step 1 Cleaning Wipe Down – Designated hard surfaces being cleaned would include countertops, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, bathtubs, toilets, faucets, sinks, railings, high touch areas as well as hard surface flooring, unless otherwise stated.
- Step 2 Disinfecting Wipe Down – All hard surfaces that have first cleaned by our team would be followed up with being disinfected by the CDC standards with EPA approved disinfectant products.
Employee Training & Personal Protective Equipment – We have trained our employees on maintaining appropriate social distance throughout the workday and the critical importance of personal hygiene with a specific emphasis on handwashing before, during and after all jobs. We also provide our employees with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) where necessary so they can perform their work safely and with confidence.
Soft (Porous) Surfaces
- Step 1 Pre-Vacuum / HEPA Filtration – Remove visible contamination (Particle Pollutants) from all designated Soft (Porous) Surfaces by pre-vacuuming with commercial vacuuming equipment including a HEPA Filtration System.
- Step 2 Cleaning: Hot Water Extraction (HWE) – Designated soft (porous) surfaces being cleaned would include carpeted floor, rugs, upholstery, and fabric window coverings. Proceed to clean with EPA-approved pretreatment cleaning products. Rinse and extract dirt, soil and contaminants from designated soft surfaces through Hot Water Extraction.
- Step 3 Disinfecting – Apply EPA-approved disinfectant to Soft (Porous) Surfaces, achieving hospital level disinfection, sanitizing up to 99% of contaminants from the Soft (Porous) Surfaces.
For electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, remove visible contamination if present.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- Consider use of wipeable covers for electronics.
- If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene
The risk of exposure to cleaning staff is inherently low. Cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
- Gloves and Company Uniforms should be compatible with the disinfectant products being used.
- Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash. Avoid touching eyes.
- Gloves and Company Uniforms should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Be sure to clean hands after removing gloves.
- Gloves should be removed after cleaning a room or area and properly disposed of. Then hands should be thoroughly cleaned prior to starting on the next room or area.
- All PPE will be properly disposed of or cleaned following each facility.
- Additional key times to clean hands include:
- After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- After using the restroom.
- Before eating food on breaktime, as well as after eating.
- After contact with animals or pets.
- Before and after providing routine assistance to another team member.
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