Employees who are able to work in a hygienic environment reportedly take fewer sick days and are more productive. Since the COVID-19 pandemic spread over the world, creating and maintaining a sanitary environment for both your customers and employees has been essential.
Sanitizing and disinfection services are provided by most cleaning service providers in Singapore. Before the pandemic, sanitisation services typically sufficed for basic indoor hygiene treatment. However, there have been increased requests for disinfection services for offices, especially when there are reported confirmed COVID-19 cases at the workplace.
Difference between sanitize and disinfect?
So how to differentiate sanitize and disinfect? The distinct difference among cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting can be defined by the different degree of microbial elimination each of the processes can achieve:
- Cleaning surfaces removes germs, dirt, and other impurities, but does not necessarily eliminate them.
- Sanitizing reduces the number of microorganisms on surfaces or objects to a safe level, in accordance with public health standards or regulations.
- Disinfection process, however, eliminates pathogens on surfaces and objects.
Sanitizers are weaker than disinfecting solutions. Sanitising solutions kill up to 99.9% of hard surface microbial while disinfectants can eliminate 99.999% of germs and viruses on nonporous and hard surfaces.
Since the difference between sanitising and disinfecting is clear, the next question to ask is what are the benefits of office disinfection service?
These are four key benefits when an organization engages in office disinfection service.
1. Convenient and hassle-free
Numerous studies have shown that the correct application of disinfectants is crucial for effective disinfection treatment. A thorough wipe down of high touch points like door handles, telephone handsets, computer keyboards, and tables is essential to preventing the spread of germs and viruses.
Disinfection should be done after thorough cleaning because the pathogens could be hiding beneath dirt particles. Engaging a professional disinfection service is more convenient and efficient than attempting to do it yourself.
Professionally trained disinfection specialists would also ensure that the office space gets the required disinfection treatment thoroughly and effectively. Post disinfection certification can usually be obtained with the service provider after engaging a professional disinfection service.
2. Customised disinfection plan
In order to meet the client’s disinfection objectives, professional disinfection service providers would visit the client’s office to walk through the office space and understand the business activity. This is to ensure the disinfection requirements are met, especially if there are reported infection cases.
Depending on the office furniture layout, disinfection providers will use different methods to disinfect surfaces. For example, manual disinfection wipe down will be cautiously carried out on sensitive areas around electronics to prevent electrical malfunction.
Professional office disinfection service providers will pay special attentions on high touch points, including light switches, door handles, and bathroom fixtures to ensure these surfaces are thoroughly disinfected.
3. Professionally trained
It can be challenging for businesses to identify which areas of the building require disinfection when assigning their staff the responsibility of cleaning and disinfecting the premises. Because of this, it’s critical to ensure that they have extensive training.
Other surfaces around the building that could potentially spread disease are not as obvious as contact surfaces like door knobs and desks. Professional disinfection specialists are trained and experienced to identify key areas to focus on during the treatment when developing a disinfection plan for a client’s office.
4. Equipped with required machine and products
Electrostatic disinfection method is one of the latest professional disinfecting technologies used in the market. This equipment releases charged fine droplets of disinfectant which envelope the surface or object completely. With this technology, the entire disinfected surface will be protected from germs and bacteria.
For office pantry and kitchen area, food grade disinfectants are available for businesses and individuals who require disinfection on surfaces in contact with edible consumables. These toxic free disinfectants are certified safe to be used on surfaces for preparation of food and beverage.
Antimicrobial coating services are also available who organisations want to protect surfaces for a longer period of time. These specially formulated disinfectants act as protective layers for surfaces with antimicrobial coating which can eliminate pathogens for extended periods of time.
Disinfection treatment is not a task that should be carried out by untrained individuals. To effectively disinfect surfaces, a well thought task force is required to plan and carry out the executions.
So, consider engaging a professional disinfection service provider to fulfil your disinfection treatment requirements. De Hygienique provides a variety of disinfection services for all kinds of businesses, including childcare centres, F&B establishments, factories, education insitutions, and offices. For more information, contact De Hygienique for assistance today.