The end of summer vacation signals the start of cold and flu season. It is back to school and back to work and back to being  indoors more, which means we are in closer contact with more people.  More chance of getting sick with a cold and flu.  Time for the reminder of how to avoid getting sick by cleaning during flu season.

 

Points of Contact – Cold and Flu Season Cleaning

You clean the obvious spaces around you; your toilet, your bathrooms, your kitchen sink, vacuum and sweep floors, etc.  Are you paying attention to the points of contact?  These are the areas your hand, and LOTS of other hands touch on a daily or even hourly basis.  Here is a list of the Top Ten Points of Contact you should ensure you or your cleaning staff is paying attention to during this cold and flu season.
     1. TV Remote Control – seriously ask yourself, when was the last time you wipes this down?
     2. Telephone – especially if you share the office phone with may individuals, or lay your personal phone down on counters, tables and desks.
     3. Keyboard and Mouse – Use a sticky note to get out the crumbs and dust between the keys and a sanitary wipe to give the keyboard and mouse a good cleaning
     4. Soap Pump – it is great having automatic soap pumps, but if you don’t you may want to wipe the germs away as pre-washed hands are constantly touching it.
     5. Faucet Handles – another place where many non-cleaned hands are touching frequently.
     6. Light Switches – walls around light switches and light switch plates get a lot of attention during the day.  Are you paying attention to this when you clean?
     7. Door Knobs and Locks – this is an obvious breading ground for bacteria, but how often do they get cleaned?
     8. Drawer Pulls and Cupboard Handles – remember cross contamination of germs from raw meats can linger on these kitchen items. Give them a good sanitization regularly
     9. Hand Railings and Bannisters – another obvious but overlooked point of contact.
     10. Toilet Flusher – I am pretty positive this will be cleaned regularly, but once a week is NOT enough.

 Cleaning, Disinfecting, Sanitizing, Sanitization – Cold and Flu Season Cleaning

Are you aware of the different types of cleaning methods? Are you aware that if you “clean” regulary, there is less need to sanitize as there will be no dirt or debris to allow bacteria and virus to live and grow. Do you know what level of cleaning is right for you?
     1. Cleaning – removes visible dirt and debris and some germs from surfaces but does not completely remove microorganisms
     2. Sanitizing – is a way to reduce the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi to a “safe” level.
     3. Disinfection  – Destroying and killing disease causing germs and microorganisms from surfaces
     4.  Sterilization – going one step further than disinfecting, sterilization kills both the microorganisms and it’s spores. This 4th level of cleaning usually reserved for hospital surgical wards.

 Hand Washing – Cold and Flu Season Cleaning

As I have mentioned before and will mention again, the best way to reduce your chances of catching the cold and flu this season is to wash your hands regularly!  With warm water AND soap! A rinse under the sink just doesn’t cut it!  Remember, keeping hand sanitizer in your vehicle or in your purse or briefcase is a good idea if you find yourself on the go more often than not.
I hope these tips will help keep you healthy and happy this cold and flu season!
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