A virus outbreak is often a big wake-up call when it comes to the cleanliness of your facility. Choose your janitorial service well and heavy-duty virus cleaning can provide you with valuable peace of mind.
The recent outbreak of coronavirus, which is now impacting nations worldwide – interrupting cruise vacations and halting commercial airlines, with new cases reported every day – and a death toll that continues to creep upwards has businesses on high alert as they take precautions to keep employees, clients, and visitors safe.
At Decca Janitorial, with over 45 years of janitorial experience, we understand the preventive steps required when it comes to meticulous, deep cleaning and disinfecting in order to prevent the spread of viruses.
What exactly is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus (CoV) is actually a family of viruses responsible for illnesses ranging from the common cold to much more serious sickness such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).
The Wuhan coronavirus, or COVID-19, that has consumed the recent news cycle, is a new coronavirus first diagnosed in human victims in Wuhan, China, in late 2019.
Coronaviruses can be transmitted between animals and people – referred to as zoonotic. This was evident with the SARS-CoV virus, transmitted from civet cats to humans, and the MERS-CoV virus, transmitted from dromedary camels to humans. In the case of the outbreak of COVID-19, while scientists are still unsure, they’re speculating it, too, is zoonotic.
As of February 6, 2020, there have been thousands of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and it’s been reported in nearly 100 different countries. While it originated with an animal to human transmission, it is now confirmed that the virus is being transmitted from human to human.
Given that the virus can live on any surface (from clothing to light switches to furniture) for 4 to 24 days; and that the carrier is contagious, capable of spreading the virus for up to 14 days before symptoms are evident, COVID-19 will continue to spread. It can live on anything from clothing to light switches to chairs.
How Decca Janitorial cleaning service can help
Decca Janitorial pulls out all the stops – based on over 4 decades of experience and expertise – to ensure that your retail store, daycare centre, condo block, warehouse, or other commercial facilities are professionally cleaned with the most specialized, yet safe and healthy, products and equipment available. We perform the necessary heavy-duty virus cleaning to help reduce the chances of outbreak and sickness.
We use innovative Fast Dry Deep Cleaning Systems to remove the stains and bacteria that can cause unpleasant odors and harbour potential bugs and viruses, providing a uniquely deep-down clean. We wipe down all areas like light switches, doorknobs, counters with alcohol to ensure all areas are virus-free. The areas that are touched most frequently. Additional costs apply.
The highest quality ECO-friendly cleaning solutions are used that not only clean better than chemical cleaning but also are safe for you and your staff. Our carpet and upholstery cleaning systems are recommended by leading manufacturers and cleaning experts.
How to prevent transmitting a virus
There are some preventative measures you, your staff, and your loved ones can do to help prevent catching and spreading the Wuhan coronavirus–and other respiratory illnesses. For instance:
- The first rule in preventing germs and viruses is the reliable old standby: wash your hands frequently with soap and water. 20 seconds is a good guideline for time – or sing Happy Birthday. If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that is 70% alcohol-based. For more comprehensive information on handwashing click HERE.
- If you know someone is ill, avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with hands that haven’t been recently washed.
- Cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue rather than your hands. A shirt sleeve works, too.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that get touched frequently: toys, light switches, doorknobs. Doubly so, if you know someone is sick.
- When you’re sick – stay home!