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Implementing Medical Cleaning Practices into Commercial and Residential Cleaning Situations.

18 Oct 2021 12:24 PM | Lane Johnston

How You Can Implement Medical Cleaning Practices Into Other Residential & Commercial Cleaning Situations

Medical Cleaning Practices are a valuable tool to help protect people from harmful bacteria, germs, and viruses.  These practices include (but are not limited to) things such as practicing Universal Precautions, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and understanding how to mitigate cross contamination.

Most of the methods and practices used in Medical Cleaning can be applied to residential and commercial cleaning situations.  For example, having a color-coded system that indicates to the janitorial staff what towels are to be used for which areas works just as well in offices and residential areas as medical facilities.  This can help mitigate the chances of cross contamination, or taking germs from one area (say a bathroom) and spreading them to another (general office areas). 

Another useful practice in medical cleaning that should be implemented in residential and commercial cleaning is the proper use of PPE.  Just as janitors and cleaning staff should use a separate pair of gloves in each medical patient’s room, the same should be applied to all restrooms in office buildings and residential homes.  This will only help lower the chances of spreading germs from one place to another. 

Bloodborne Pathogens can be encountered in commercial and residential cleaning situations just like in medical facilities.  It may not be as common, but the training and practice of taking Universal Precautions is still important when it comes to cleaning non-medical spaces.

A great line of defense against bacteria, germs, & viruses is a well-trained janitorial company.  To find one in your area, please visit the IJCSA Janitorial Service Directory here. 


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