Cross contamination is a very real threat to a number of businesses spanning several industries. This is just as true for pharmaceutical and medical facilities as it is for auto body shops, food processing plants, and even the average office building.
“We’re sitting there just cringing because [these facilities] don’t follow most of the same procedures [as healthcare facilities], some of which are almost common sense to prevent infection in both the staff and anyone else who goes into that office or those rooms,” says John Bartello, who travels to hotels and offices to provide recommendations to prevent the spread of disease. “It’s kind of interesting to take a look at cleaning procedures across the board.”
Contaminants are everywhere, from simple dirt and dust to oil and grease and disease-carrying pathogens. Essentially, a contaminant is any potentially undesirable substance (physical, chemical, or biological) that poses a threat to the health or well-being of the building, its inhabitants, and your products.
Minimizing Cross Contamination via Mat Rental and Microfiber Mops
Walk Off Mat Rental
One way to reduce the risk of cross contamination is via walk off at rental, because – let’s face it – floors are dirty. It’s nothing new. But if not addressed, the contaminants on your floors can be easily transferred throughout your building. Use special mats that trap dirt and pollutants can help minimize cross contamination and the spread of harmful bacteria.
“There’s no question that microfiber is a big advancement in helping in the cross-contamination problem, not only in hospitals, but in any cleaning environment,” said Jon Scoles, managing director of Scoles Floorshine.
Because microfiber mops feature millions of tiny spaces, they can hold up to eight times their own weight, a 30% improvement over conventional mops. They are also 99.4% effective in removing bacteria from smooth surfaces with just water alone, according to a study conducted by the Royal Roads University. This helps greatly reduce the need for harsh chemicals, which can reduce costs associated with mopping by 95%, according to a study conducted by the University of California Davis Medical Center (UCDMC).
Microfiber Mop and Mat Rental from Lord Baltimore
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