Bacteria and germs can live on surfaces for 24 hours or longer. Eliminate the spread of disease by properly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

There should be a focus on cleanliness and health, no matter what kind of facility you have or who visits it. Protecting employees, guests, students, patients, or patrons through infection prevention techniques such as surface cleaning and disinfection should be a priority. Doing this will not only raise productivity and morale, but also improve your company's image. 

bigstock-Hygiene-Concept-Man-Is-Showin-222974974 (1)Germs are everywhere. It's impossible to avoid them, but there are proven methods to reduce their existence or their impact. Surface disinfection is one of these methods, and it's not hard to do if you have the right tools. 80% of germs are spread by hands, so high-touch surfaces like hand rails, doorknobs, or coffee pot handles are teeming with bacteria, and some of it could be serious if one person has a virus like influenza. Furthermore, germs can stay on a hard surface for over 24 hours, which gives them ample time to infect many people. A study was done on how fast germs can spread in an office, and it was found that in as little as a few hours, over half of the office could be contaminated

To combat this and to create the safest possible environment for your employees/guests, there needs to be regular and proper surface cleaning and disinfection throughout your facility. Learn more about infection prevention.

 

Do you know what germs you're up against?

Think about how many high-touch surfaces are in your facility. There are doorknobs, phones (both landline and cellular), coffee pots, keyboards/mouses, faucet knobs, soap dispensers, pens, books, elevator buttons, touch screens, remotes, light switches, desks/counters, and so much more. The average working adult touches about 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, meaning that there are germs getting picked up and passed around quite often.

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And what kind of germs? Here are just a few common viruses you should be aware of:

  • Influenza - this is the flu, and it is passed around not only from sharing surfaces, but from close contact where infected water droplets can be transferred from one person to another when talking/sneezing. The flu spreads quickly, meaning it can infect a whole office and force mass absenteeism.
  • MRSA - this is a superbug skin disease usually acquired in hospitals, but there is a strain of it that is passed around in the community like schools, offices, or gyms. People with open wounds are most vulnerable, and it kills several thousand people a year because it is hard to treat.
  • The common cold - colds are the leading cause of missed work days, and they're the most frequent affliction. Touching contaminated surfaces is the most common way to catch a cold.
  • Norovirus - this is a fast-acting stomach bug with no treatment. Cleaning is the only way to prevent it, and because it spreads fast, it's important that there is regular Norovirus disinfection with specially formulated products even if no one in proximity is suspected of having it.
  • Hepatitis - Hepatitis A is the only Hepatitis type that can be prevented by cleaning. After using the washroom or doing things like changing a diaper, it's imperative that hands are washed properly. Hep A can take over two weeks to show symptoms, so it can be hard to identify the source.
  • Listeria/Salmonella - these are both usually acquired from contaminated food. Of course, when possible, the food itself should be washed, but so should any utensils, counters, and cutting boards, as well as the hands of people handling the food. 

 

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bigstock-Cleaning-bathroom-sink-close-u-76003862When it comes to proper infection control, there are a few concepts you should know. They'll help you do the best possible job preventing and removing germs.

The difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing
  • Cleaning - removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces and objects by physically washing them away, not killing them.
  • Disinfecting- using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects.
  • Sanitizing - lowers the number of microorganisms on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards/requirements.
Proper cleaning elements
  • Kill claims - a kill claim is a list of microscopic organisms that each disinfectant is capable of killing.
  • Dwell time - the amount of time the disinfectant needs to sit on a surface to work before being wiped off.
  • Labels - the label for the cleaning solution will have instructions and warnings, and any users should take time to read and fully understand what it says before using it.
  • Colour-coded systems - to reduce cross contamination, having a colour-coded system of cloths or solution bottles aids in ensuring germs from a washroom, for example, aren't getting transferred to a kitchen from a cleaning cloth.
bigstock--208979746Benefits of microfibre
  • Microfibre is exceptional for cleaning jobs because of the way it's made. Special microscopically small fibres go through a process called splitting, whereby small openings are formed that are able to then pick up and hold dirt better than regular fibres.
  • Microfibre is also very absorbent and has a positive charge, making it ideal to pick up negatively charged dust/dirt.
  • Microfibre cloths come in different colours, making them perfect for a colour-coded cleaning system.
  • There are microfibre mops, microfibre cloths, microfibre dusters, microfibre towels, and more to best suit your facility's needs

  

 

Proven products from Swish

If you want to enhance your facility's infection prevention methods, we recommend these featured products.

Enviro-Solutions 72/64/36 - Cleans and disinfects up to 95% of your facility with only two products. Effective against influenza, the common cold, salmonella and MRSA. ES364 is a hospital grade disinfectant version of ES64 and is additionally effective against Norovirus.

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Swish Miracle Disinfectant Spray & Wipe Cleaner - a 3-in-1 disinfectant spray that quickly removes germs and deodourizes, so it's especially useful in places like washrooms or kitchens. Kill claims include influenza, the cold, salmonella, listeria, MRSA, Norovirus, and Hepatitis A.
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Swish Quato 44 - a versatile general purpose 3-in-1 disinfectant effective against influenza, salmonella, MRSA, and Norovirus. It works best when used on hard surfaces.
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Swish Quato 78 - this surface cleaner specializes in managing clean up of bodily fluids or blood on non-porous surfaces. It is effective against influenza, the cold, and salmonella.
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ES65H - a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner with a 10 minute dwell time that can be used on most surfaces, and can act as a disinfectant at a certain dilution. Its kill claims include influenza and the cold.
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ES128 - good for industrial or commercial facilities, this disinfectant/sanitizer/fungicide/deodorizer concentrate can be used on a variety of surfaces, and is effective against salmonella, MRSA, the cold, and influzena.
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PCS1000 - this disinfectant cleaner, for use with a microfibre or traditional cloth, is tough on organic soils and can be used on most surfaces to kill a variety of bacteria and fungi.
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PCS5000 - a ready-to-use tough disinfectant cleaner that can be used on non-porous surfaces in a variety of facilities. Specializes in killing C. Difficile spores with a 5 minute dwell time.
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