As an employer or facilities manager, your main job (and biggest concern) right now is keeping your employees and occupants safe.
Your best defence against the spread of COVID-19-related illness, staff shortages and productivity loss rests upon one simple strategy: keeping your spaces clean.
Unfortunately, ‘business as usual’ corporate cleaning procedures, while effective under normal circumstances, won’t be enough to protect against Novel Coronavirus.
It’s important to partner with a highly trained and experienced corporate cleaning team that can help you provide a safe and healthy office, manufacturing plant, gym, medical facility or residential apartment complex by complying with all recommended COVID-19 cleaning procedures and practices.
Realcorp has the kind of experience you can trust
When COVID-19 hit our shores, Realcorp responded immediately; all our cleans are now ‘preventative’ and have been since February this year. We’ve also performed full-scale decontamination cleans in facilities where an occupant has tested positive.
We’ve been called in to clean a range of facilities including residential apartment complexes, commercial offices and even food manufacturing plants, where the impacts of an infection would be particularly devastating. For these types of businesses, their only hope of maintaining food supply chains is to stop any infection from happening in the first place.
Our teams are proud to be making a difference, working at the frontlines and helping to stop the virus spreading.
What we know about how Novel Coronavirus is spread
The Realcorp team are keeping on top of all COVID-19 updates. Our current understanding is that the virus is spread one of two ways: either through inhalation of droplets (ie when an infected person coughs or sneezes) or by touching surfaces where droplets have landed.
It’s also important to note that the virus can remain infectious on surfaces for several days. Studies have proven that previous SARS viruses, similar to COVID-19, have lasted up to 9 days on certain surfaces – ie glass, metal and plastic.
You can reduce your risk of infection by having all occupants follow recommended hygiene practices:
- Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home if unwell
- Cough or sneeze into the elbow
- Dispose quickly and properly of used tissues
- Ventilate home and workspaces
- Disinfect and sanitise all surfaces regularly
However, even with regular ‘top-up’ surface cleans with anti-bac wipes, you’ll still need to have your spaces regularly and thoroughly cleaned by a professional team. This way you can be sure your facility has been properly sanitised and disinfected using the right tools and antimicrobial products in keeping with COVID-19-specific procedures and protocols.
Be sure that your facility stays ‘COVID-19 clean’
Realcorp’s new COVID-19 cleaning systems and procedures have been developed in accordance with all expert recommendations. Our Melbourne and regional based teams have been rigorously trained to ensure both their own safety and that of your occupants.
We now offer two Coronavirus-specific services:
- COVID-19 Decontamination Cleaning: cleaning in buildings where a resident or employee has tested positive for the virus
- COVID-19 Preventative Cleaning: cleaning in commercial and residential apartment buildings where the risk of spread of the virus is high
These new services have been designed to balance your risk. We’ve prioritised occupant safety, using effective, yet non-toxic products that minimise downtime, protecting business continuity.
What do we do differently to disinfect and sanitise for a ‘COVID-19 clean’?
Realcorp’s SOPs for these new services are very detailed and specific. Our teams follow strict processes for everything from folding cloths in a certain way (to ensure every wipe is done with a clean side), down to safe PPE removal post-clean.
To properly disinfect a surface, teams must follow a four-step process:
- Clean the surface first (of any organic material)
- Rinse the surface and coat with a disinfectant
- Leave the surface wet for 10 minutes
- Rinse off disinfectant and leave to air-dry
Waste disposal takes on particular importance to prevent cross-contamination. In facilities where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will label and store waste in an agreed location for 72 hours (away from other rubbish) to ensure that any infectious waste is safe for normal disposal.
What’s the difference between ‘Decontamination’ and ‘Preventative’ cleaning?
Apart from the higher level of risk associated with a decontamination clean (due to the presence of a confirmed case of COVID-19), the two services also differ in terms of scope and the need for additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
A preventative clean focuses on frequent and thorough disinfecting and sanitising of high traffic, high touch point areas; door handles, lift buttons, light switches and security pads, bathroom and kitchen taps and benches, meeting room tables and chairs – basically anywhere that people touch regularly with their hands.
PPE worn for this service may include gloves, masks and goggles.
A decontamination clean requires a full-scale infectious clean of potentially contaminated areas. All surfaces and furnishings must be disinfected and strict protocols in terms of PPE, use of cleaning tools and waste disposal will be followed to the letter. This level of precision and care prevents cross-contamination that would place occupants at further risk once they return (preferably not before 72 hours has passed).
In addition to gloves, masks and goggles, additional PPE including a gown and hairnet will be worn by teams where an official assessment has deemed an area to be particularly high risk.
Need to know more?
If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you and your occupants stay safe and healthy, whether that’s at work or at home, we’ve made it really easy for you to get in touch. You can:
We understand that in this current environment, safe = responsive, so we’ll be sure to get back to you ASAP.