British Cleaning Council Guide To Cleaning In COVID-19 Situations

ln response to many enquiries regarding cleaning applications, processes, and procedures the British Cleaning Council have compiled the following information as a guide to ensure informed decisions are made when cleaning in COVID-19 situations or preparing to return to safe spaces and healthy working environments.

Cleaning
The removal of soil followed by safe disposal.
Prepares surface for disinfection if required.

Enhanced Cleaning
Where the frequency of cleaning has been increased to support the reduction of a specific or contamination problem. Sanitary areas and touch points are the priority.
Areas are cleaned more often therefore reducing the risk factor associated with cross contamination.
Colour coded equipment, disposable cloths and mops are recommended. Spent solutions disposed of as contaminated waste.  All waste matter bagged and disposed of  in line with contaminated waste policy.

Disinfecting
The reduction of micro-organisms to safe levels.
Renders the surface safe through the reduction of micro-organisms.
Product knowledge and contact time crucial.  If cleaning operatives are trained the process is safe and efficient.

Decontamination
Cleansing an object or substance to remove contaminants such as micro-organisms.
Involves cleaning and disinfecting.
If cleaning operatives are trained and provided with appropriate cleaning equipment and soil removal product, the process is safe and efficient.

‘Deep Cleaning’
The removal of soil accumulations.
Renders surfaces free from soil build up however the surface is not disinfected.

Periodic Cleaning
Non-routine cleaning where access may be difficult.
Scheduled cleaning maintenance to support and preserve longevity of surfaces fixtures and fittings. 

Spraying
The dispersion of liquid based fungicides, pesticides, chemicals.
For best results, should follow thorough cleaning.

Misting
A condensed vapour settling in fine droplets on a surface.
For best results, should follow thorough cleaning.

Fumigation
Reduces micro-biological agents largely used where micro-biological cleanliness is required.
For best results, fumigation should follow thorough cleaning.

Phase Fogging
A fine spray of chemical solution, used as a means of sanitising surfaces used in advance of cleaning then again after cleaning.
First phase 1 is suggested as preparing the area for the cleaning team to enter safely.  Area is then cleaned.

Fogging – Dry
Preferred where electrical equipment is in place.  Room is filled with a mist of ultrafine droplets that do not settle easily on surfaces.
For best results, should follow thorough cleaning.

Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI)
A disinfection method that uses short wavelength ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to regenerate vital cellular functions. 
The UV light must fall directly on a surface to disinfect effectively.
It will be 10 to 20 minutes before the room can be entered again!

Steam Cleaning
Water is heated past the boiling point and forced out as pressurised steam through a nozzle, brush, or other attachment. The vapour loosens dirt and kills dust mites, mould, other allergens and some harmful bacteria.  No suction is required, since the high-heat moisture dries quickly.
For best results correct equipment, temperatures and manufactures training are required.
Product knowledge and contact time is crucial. Electrical sockets and electrical items and smoke detectors must be protected. Trained cleaning operatives are essential to ensure the process is safe and efficient.

Thermal Disinfection
Thermal disinfection is a method of disinfection which relies on moist heat to kill bacteria and viruses by exposure to a specific temperature for a set amount of time.  The high-temperature Thermal Disinfection process can destroy the proteins in viruses and bacteria and render them as dead or inert.  For best results, should be followed by thorough cleaning.
Will take 5 to 6 hours to complete.

When outsourcing your cleaning specialist for cleaning/disinfecting activity it is important to review their credentials in terms of:

  • Reputation and Credibility
  • Operator Training
  • Credibility of the product intended for use, preferably that which has undergone efficacy testing and has a unique EN number
  • Result evaluation process – how is the outcome measured?

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