Our focus remains on how to most effectively clean, and COVID-19 has in many ways changed what it means to clean. In these times, the pressure on the cleaning industry is apparent, hygiene is front and center and cleaning is vitally important. As a vacuum manufacturer, we believe in the important role of maintaining vacuuming and dusting as key tasks in your routine cleaning.
Resources for Cleaning During COVID-19
While the focus of cleaning has understandably shifted to infection prevention, we want to take a moment to provide some helpful public resources that provide guidance on cleaning associated with COVID-19.
We recommend that you consult the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidance. We also recommend that you consult federal labor and employment standards as well as applicable state and local laws regarding potential exposure and safety practices to answer COVID-19 related questions. For example, federal guidance recommends wiping down equipment with appropriate disinfectant wipes or spray, and that employees wear proper protective equipment while cleaning.
We are also monitoring the most up to date cleaning protocols recommended by agency experts, in what is a quickly evolving situation. Below are a few links to some applicable governmental guidance, which you may also find helpful.
- The CDC has regularly updated information on proper cleaning.
- The CDC has also issued guidance for safety practices, including for personnel working in janitorial roles.
- OSHA has issued updated guidance for workers and employers working on COVID related matters.
- New York State has released various COVID-19 sources of cleaning & disinfecting guidance for different facility types.
Other Challenges and Considerations
Lastly, in addition to cleaning guidance, because of the current environment we face, we want to mention a few other considerations our team has been discussing.
The historical length of time occupants spend in certain buildings has changed. In occupied buildings, length of time indoors is high. Other facilities may be closed without the usual occupancy levels evident during standard times of operation. Both present distinct cleaning challenges.
ProTeam has continuously focused on productivity, and how our products can deliver value and efficiency for various customer segments. The efficiency of vacuums is key for those handling routine cleaning. Decision-makers can equip cleaning workers with the tools they are accustomed to and adjust the frequency of how they address tasks in buildings. While comprehensive cleaning and sanitation needs may have changed, some level of vacuuming is likely part of your cleaning routine.
The efficient soil removal and cleaning speed of a ProTeam backpack allows you to more than double vacuuming productivity. In 1 hour you can clean 7,407 sq. ft. with a ProTeam backpack vs. 2,875 sq. ft. with an upright. Or take it to the next level and clean with a ProTeam cordless backpack at 10,582 sq. feet an hour, based on ISSA 612 Cleaning Times.
In our portfolio, a ProTeam backpack or a cordless vacuum are key tools we can offer, as you consider productivity and efficiency and adjust your cleaning prioritizes to allocate more time for sanitizing and disinfecting. As we have in our 32 years in the industry, we want to understand your
needs and how we can best serve you. As you manage through your current levels of occupancy and traffic patterns, please reach out to us as a resource.