Timely tips for a cleaner workplace

Timely tips for a cleaner workplace

Veritiv Facility Solutions | September 14, 2020

Creating a safe and healthy workplace is a growing priority for all employers, especially as cold and flu seasons seem to hit harder each year and novel viruses emerge. To accomplish this goal, businesses must look beyond standard cleaning. Clean facilities don’t just look better—they provide a healthier, high-performing environment that makes for happier employees and customers, too.

Our new guide, Cleanliness at work—How to protect your people and your profits with LEAN cleaning, offers practical tips and techniques that help reduce risk and improve cleaning best practices.

Here are some of the guide’s tips for a cleaner, safer workplace.

A trio of tips for disinfecting floors
Floors are indirect contributors to cross-contamination, especially in healthcare, education, manufacturing and in facilities with high-traffic areas.

Follow these tips to ensure your workplace is disinfected from top to bottom.

  1. Try a double-scrub process that combines cleaning and disinfection in one step. This 2-for-1 approach saves time and streamlines the products you keep in stock.
  2. Follow manufacturer instructions when applying a disinfectant to get optimal performance from your cleaning products.
  3. Work in small sections when disinfecting. This enables a focused, repeatable and effective cleaning process.

Bonus tip: When choosing cleaning products, make sure you know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing. For example, disinfecting kills or destroys germs on surfaces by using chemicals and does not necessarily clean surfaces or remove dirt.

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Use LEAN cleaning best practices
LEAN cleaning takes LEAN principles that have minimized waste in manufacturing and nearly all industries for decades, and applies them to cleaning.

Here are three LEAN ways to clean effectively (check out the guide for the rest of the tips!)

  1. Clean first, disinfect second. Germs can hide underneath dirt, which can reduce the germ-killing ability of some disinfectants.
  2. Clean from top to bottom, starting with the highest and least dirty surfaces first, then lower and dirtiest surfaces second.
  3. Use warm or hot water with any cleaning product unless the label states the product is formulated for cold water.

CDC’s proper handwashing guidelines
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Its guidance for effective handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer was developed based on data from several studies.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather all hand surfaces, including the back of your hands, between fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry with a clean paper towel.

Bonus tip: No timer handy for that 20-second cleaning? Hum the entire “Happy Birthday” song twice.


Get the guide! Download our Cleanliness at work guide and share it with the departments and teams you count on to make your facility shine.