The spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has brought office hygiene and employee health to the forefront of almost every business.  As your organization considers reopening to your employees and customers, there are simple but important steps that can be taken to reduce the spread of viruses and other harmful bacteria in the workplace. We can help you get started with our selection of cleaning and janitorial supplies.

Cleaning Copier and Printing Equipment

Viruses and bacteria are commonly spread through frequently used office equipment, if not properly sanitized. However, these high traffic devices need to be cleaned carefully and with products appropriate for electronic equipment.

  • Power down your device before cleaning it and disconnect any externally connected devices as well.
  • If possible, wear gloves while disinfecting your office equipment.
  • Be sure to use products that are approved for use with electronics and that contain 70% isopropyl alcohol. Many anti-bacterial wipes and household sprays can be effective in the office but do avoid products with ethyl alcohol or bleach. Also, never mix cleaning products as this can be hazardous to the health of your employees and cause irreparable damage to your equipment.
  • Avoid using too much liquid on your cleaning cloths and do not spray products directly onto your device as this could cause damage to the keypads and control panel.

Sanitize Office Workstations and Computers

Even when your employees are practicing social distancing and working in private workstations, it is important to keep those areas free from germs and frequently sanitized.

  • Pay special attention to office telephone receivers and keypads, wiping these down with isopropyl alcohol throughout the day.
  • Use compressed air to clear debris from the keyboard and wipe these down as well.
  • Don’t forget the mouse and edges of the monitors that may be touched.
  • Finally, be sure to spray down desk chairs at the end of each day with a sanitizing solution.

Don’t Forget to Sanitize Office Common Areas

Sanitizing communal office spaces such the kitchens and restrooms is an important way to keep your employees healthy. Door handles, countertops, and toilet seats should be cleaned frequently throughout the day with convenient sanitizing wipes made accessible to employees before and after each use.

Go Contactless

When possible, consider utilizing apps to complete your daily office tasks and minimize employee interaction.  Update your systems to allow for electronic signatures, virtual document sharing, and voice memos in lieu of unnecessary face to face encounters and unneeded trips to the print station.

Returning to an office environment can be safe and stress-free with the proper cleaning supplies and frequent use. Make quick and repetitive sanitizing a part of your office routine by keeping hand sanitizer, cleaning sprays, and anti-bacterial wipes accessible through the day and at various locations around your office. Perform an office-wide deep cleaning at the end of each workday for added protection.

Pairing these tips and with the right office cleaning and janitorial supplies and social distancing measures and your business can continue to remain productive and safe.