Coronavirus-19 Safety Protocol
Anti-Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cleaning Service
As the Coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the country and hits New York City, Couch Cleaning NYC stands ready to assist local businesses, schools, and government entities in minimizing the risk to customers and the public posed by this virus.
We are qualified and equipped with the required training and protocols to clean any facility affected by a pathogen outbreak. In fact, we already clean operating rooms at several hospitals in the region, and also count among our clients numerous medical clinics and doctor’s offices.
In our cleaning processes, we only use disinfectants that have been deemed effective by the EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Standard. While no cleaning products can claim to kill the particular strain of COVID-19 involved in the current pandemic due to the fact that it is a new virus, our products meet the EPA’s standard as likely effective against the virus, based on previous Coronavirus strains.
If you believe that your facility may have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are interested in preemptively stepping up your cleaning regime to help mitigate disruptions to your business and put your customers and the public at ease, contact us today to schedule a site visit and get a quote for a deep cleaning.
FAQs about Anti-Coronavirus/COVID-19 Cleaning
Here are some answers to questions we’ve been getting about cleaning services related to the prevention of COVID-19.
Do you have a different procedure for cleaning a facility that has been exposed to COVID-19 vs one that just wants to take preventative measures?
Yes–our protocol for cleaning a facility where a COVID-19 infection has been confirmed is quite extensive, and involves full biohazard cleaning procedures. These additional procedures are mostly for the protection of our employees. For example, when working in this situation, they wear full PPE gear, work in teams of three to monitor each other, and dispose of used cleaning products in specific ways.
What cleaning products are effective against COVID-19?
Because the virus is so new, the EPA has not tested and established efficacy protocols or inactivation claims. In layman’s terms, that means that nobody can say with 100% certainty that a particular cleaning product is effective against COVID-19–and anyone who makes such a claim at this point is not being truthful.
That being said, the EPA has issued “Guidance to registrants: process for making claims against emerging viral pathogens not on EPA-registered disinfectant labels,” which at this time establishes approved products. An eligible product must meet the criteria in the document in order to make limited claims about disinfectant efficacy. Couch Cleaning NYC disinfectants that can make this claim in line with dwell times and product labels are Peridox, Virex Plus, Sanimaster 7, Sanimaster 6, and Decon 30.
Can you do a one-time deep cleaning for a facility that is not a current customer?
At this time, we can do a deep cleaning for facilities that are not a current customer, but as the virus spreads and the demand for cleaning services increases, we must prioritize existing customers. The best way to make sure we can serve your needs is to sign up now for our janitorial cleaning service so we can become familiar with your facility and your cleaning needs.
COVID-19 Prevention Protocol
While we stand ready to assist any businesses affected by the Coronavirus to disinfect their facility, there are many preemptive steps facility managers can take on their own to reduce the risk to employees, members of the public, and anyone visiting your building.
Here is a list of things that you can start doing right now to make your facility safer:
Emphasize hand hygiene by all employees
- Instruct employees to wash hands frequently for 20 seconds using soap and water.
- If possible, use no-touch dispensers for soap and paper towells.
- Display hand hygiene posters near hand-washing areas (posters available from Couch Cleaning NYC).
- Keep an adequate supply of cleaning products on hand.
Emphasize respiratory etiquette by all employees
- Instruct employees to cover their mouth with a tissue, elbow, or shoulder when coughing or sneezing.
- Provide tissues and no-touch trash cans for employees.
Perform routine environmental cleaning focused on high-touch surfaces.
- At least once per day, clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces such as door handles, light switches, stair rails, elevator buttons, phones, microwaves, coffee stations, sink handles, water fountains, chair arms, shared workstations or learning materials, and dining tables.
- Provide your employees with antiseptic wipes so that they can clean these areas during the day as they use them.
Encourage sick employees to stay home, separating and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Actively encourage employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness to stay home.
- Maintain flexible policies, consistent with public health guidance, that permit employees to stay home.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Additionally, any employees who are well but have a family member with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and other employees in the workplace.