Cleaning and disinfecting are a traditional approach to preventing the spread of an infectious disease. The first line of defense is a flu shot, but there are other measures that can help reduce the spread of the flu such as staying home when ill. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are ways that we can clean and disinfect to help reduce the spread of the flu in your school.
1. Know the Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing.
– Cleaning removes germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces and objects. Cleaning works by using soap and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not ill germs, instead it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
– Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces and objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs. This process does not clean dirty surfaces or remove germs but can lower the risk of spreading infection.
– Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces and objects to a safe level. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting to lower the risk of spreading infection.
2. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces and Objects that are Touched Often
Be sure to follow your facility’s standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Daily sanitizing the surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as a desk, doorknob, hands-on-learning items, faucets, phones, and toys.
3. Perform Routine Cleaning and Disinfecting
Try to match cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs you want to remove or kill at your facility. Understanding the type of germs, you are focusing on removing or killing from your facility will allow you to be more proactive in your approach.
4. Clean and Disinfect Correctly
Following directions for cleaning products and disinfectants is very important. Read all labels, and make sure it states EPA has approved the product for effectiveness against influenza A virus. Failure to read all labels correctly can cause the product or disinfectant to not be as effective.
5. Use Products Safely
Pay close attention hazard warning and directions on product labels. Many products and disinfectants often call for special procedures. Ensure all faculty has read and understood the instructions on the labels, and appropriate usage.
Traditional cleaning and disinfecting methods and procedures are important in the effort to help reduce the spread of the flu. They are performed on a routine basis, yet provide no residual protection, and contains harmful chemicals and odors. Whereas, MicroShield 360 is performed once a year and provides constant preventative protection. The coating system is EPA registered for use within schooling of all levels and FDA approved for food contact surfaces. It does not contain harmful chemicals and is non-toxic. MicroShield 360 eliminates pathogens, germs, virus, odors and prevents mold growth.
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