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Coronavirus Cleanup and Recovery: Why Your Standard Janitorial Service Isn't Enough

Posted by Star Industrial Services on Jun 11, 2020 11:10:11 AM

The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a significant impact on Alabama business owners over the last several months. Recently, Stay at Home restrictions have been lifted, replaced by the current Safer at Home Order, which will remain in place until Friday, July 3, 2020. The current order offers extensive insight for employers on how to safely and responsibly reopen their operations while staying focused on the rules and requirements mandated by local and federal governments.

Janitorial Services May Not Have the Proper Experience or Equipment For COVID-19 Disinfecting


Unfortunately, the rapidly evolving regulations have many employers wondering how to best protect their staff, customers, and guests from becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus, particularly when it comes to disinfecting practices. Some business owners assume that their existing janitorial service is enough to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus within their facilities. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Janitorial service providers may be trained to both clean and sanitize surfaces and areas throughout a building. However, they may not have the training, skills, qualifications, and equipment necessary to provide emergency environmental disinfection services needed to protect against COVID-19 transmission.

What to Look for When Sourcing COVID-19 Emergency Disinfection Services


Understanding what’s required to remain compliant with the Safer at Home Order can help you find the right COVID-19 disinfecting solution for your Alabama business. According to CDC guidelines, there are fundamental differences between “cleaning” and “disinfecting” that Alabama business owners must consider when developing a reopening plan. The CDC notes that cleaning removes germs, dirt, and debris from surfaces, but cleaning practices and products do not kill active germs. On the other hand, disinfecting doesn’t always remove germs, dirt, and debris from surfaces. However, effective disinfecting procedures can directly kill active bacteria and reduce the risk of virus transmission.

When screening a potential disinfecting service provider, it’s important to ask about their process. Cleaning or disinfecting alone is not enough. For the best possible results, your vendors should first thoroughly clean all surfaces. Cleaning should be followed by compliance disinfecting practices. A reputable COVID-19 sanitation professional will use EPA registered disinfectants on all relevant surfaces and items to eliminate the threat of coronavirus transmission throughout your facility.

You will also want to know about qualifications. Not only should your chosen vendor be OSHA, EPA, and DOT compliant, but they should also carry specialized insurance to ensure your business is covered, no matter what happens. Finally, you should always look for a service provider that practices discretion with clients. A vendor that values your privacy will use unmarked vehicles to disinfect your business without drawing attention to their practices.

Star Industrial Services Can Help Your Alabama Business Reopen


Star Industrial Services develops customized, compliance COVID-19 emergency disinfecting solutions. Our trained and skilled technicians use EPA approved products and the very latest equipment to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your Alabama business reopen.

Topics: COVID-19, coronavirus, alabama businesses, recovery, disinfection