Although there are still many unknowns surrounding the coronavirus, what we do know is that regular cleaning can reduce the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Here are five factors to consider before saying yes to a disinfection service provider.
1. Are their team members professionally trained?
Professional disinfection against the coronavirus requires specialized training for those performing the work as well as proven procedures for effectively addressing the virus. Giving the right people the right tools and the wrong training still equals ineffective disinfection. If you are paying for professional help, then the company you’re hiring must live up to a professional standard and ensure that they follow guidelines set out by the CDC, ISSA – the worldwide cleaning industry association – or even Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI).
2. How long have they provided specialist cleaning services?
The provision of commercial and residential disinfection has become increasingly popular, with new service providers popping up almost daily. If the service provider has not been providing specialist cleaning services prior to the onset of the pandemic, it is unlikely that they will be able to provide effective, consistent, and knowledgeable disinfection that your tenants or employees will trust. You do not want to hire professional help only to find out you are paying for standard household cleaners and processes.
3. How quickly can they respond?
Whether you are interested in a precautionary clean or if you’ve had a confirmed case, you need a provider that is able to respond and be at your location FAST.
4. What are their disinfection procedures like?
Be sure that you’re not comparing apples with oranges. All disinfection service providers may not be carrying out the same type of tasks as thorough disinfection is more than just “spraying”. Retain a firm that will guarantee its work and provide a transparent business partnership.
5. Flexibility/Scalable Services
COVID-19 prevention is more than just a one-time clean. Having a partner that is able to support you with other COVID19 prevention/precautionary methods such as the installation of wash and sanitizer stations, social distancing partitions, and other factors can simplify your oversight, and might even save your organization money.