COVID-19 Cleaning Services
Businesses will have to adhere to requirements to implement, maintain and improve an organisation’s ability to protect against, prepare for, respond to and recover from COVID-19 related disruptions when they arise.
Processes will need to be in place for identification and defence against COVID-19 by addressing: a. Business Continuity Risk Identification and mitigation, b. Management of the risks, and c. Site recovery.
Tícara Property Maintenance is developing a strategy to help businesses meet their requirements by carrying out risk assessments, producing cleaning guidelines and providing deep cleaning services so that businesses can resume trading as quickly as possible and with minimal disruption.
Keep reading to find useful information about COVID-19 and your obligations as well as the range of services we offer to help you combat COVID-19 and give your staff and customers the peace of mind that your premesis is COVID free…
What is COVID-19 and how does it affect your business?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.
You could get the virus if you:
- come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
- touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on and bring your unwashed hands to your face (eyes, nose or mouth)
Common household disinfectants will kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.
Coronavirus can survive for:
- up to 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel
- less than 4 hours on copper
- less than 24 hours on cardboard
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
Employers are advised to follow the latest public health advice and identify and implement suitable control measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection in the workplace. These public health measures should be communicated to all relevant employees and others at the place of work.
For other workplaces where there is no occupational exposure health risk to Covid-19 such as retail, offices, construction, hospitality, transport etc., employers should take into account the most up to date official public health advice and guidance from the Department of Health and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre on how to mitigate the health risk including measures advised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for work related travel.
(Information retreived from the HSE and HSA government information centres – Correct as of 10th May ’20)
The range of services Tícara provide to help combat COVID-19
It is Tícara’s aim to get your business operational as quickly as possible with minimal disruption and at competitive prices. Therefore, we have implemented a range of services to suit your business needs. In most cases, businesses already have strict cleaning regimes in place which would only require slight modification in order to adhere to government guidelines on keeping your staff and customers safe from COVID-19. However, some businesses may not have the resources to implement extra cleaning regimes into their schedule.
We have devised 4 service levels which will cover most business needs:
- Microbial Fogging Service (including vehicle fogging)
- Touch Point Cleaning Service
- Intermediate Cleaning Service
- Deep Cleaning Service (Includes Fogging)
See below for details on what is involved in each but Tícara can offer advice on which of our services best suit your needs, so get in touch today to arrange a consultation.
Microbial Fogging Service
Microbial fogging is a service whereby a fully gowned up Tícara team member disinfects a room or space by applying a fine anti-microbial dry mist via a fogging machine to every corner and surface of the room.
The anti-microbial solution used is ecologically friendly, water based and safe for use on hard and soft surfaces without damage to the materials it comes in contact with. The solution we use is a special blend of biocides which target a wide spectrum of microbes and is 99.9999% effective. As well as targeting COVID-19, our solution also targets E.coli, MRSA, Listeria, Slmonella, and many more.
Ideally, fogging should be carried out after the room has been cleaned and the recommended guidelines are that fogging should be carried out weekly.
In a situation where a room or premises has had a case or reported case of COVID-19, the space should be sealed off immediately and a Deep Clean should be carried out which includes Microbial Fogging. Depending on the size of the room to be disinfected, fogging a room usually only takes between 30mins to 1hr and can usually be accessed within 1hr of completion.
This is the recommended service for most businesses, especially public facing businesses such as hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, and Tícara will provide the business with a window sticker to say that regular COVID-19 cleaning is being carried out. This will give your customers peace of mind.
Contact us today to enquire about this service for your business
Touch Point Cleaning Service
Tícara’s touch point cleaning service is the most basic of our services and can be carried out as part of a regular cleaning regime which should include intermediate cleaning and deep cleaning.
Touch point cleaning involves disinfecting all common touch points within a room, such as door handles and knobs, window handles, light switches, taps, remote controls and desktop equipment such as keyboards, monitors, staplers, etc. as well as desktops, tabletops and chairs.
Touch point cleaning should be carried out daily at a minimum, and more frequently for touch points that are in constant use such as door handles. This can be carried out during working hours as an average size room should only take 10-15mins to complete and there should be little or no disruption to staff or customers during cleaning.
Get in touch to enquire about prices for this service
Intermediate Cleaning Service
Tícara’s intermediate cleaning service involves the cleaning and disinfecting of all hard surfaces within a room apart, from walls and ceilings.
This is a service that should be carried out at least weekly, depending on the traffic a room gets, and should form part of a regular cleaning regime by the business.
As intermediate cleaning is more thorough than touch point cleaning, the room being cleaned should be vacant while the work is being carried out. Depending on the size of the room, an intermediate clean can take between 30mins and 1hr for an average room and can be performed outside of working hours if required.
If you wish to book an intermediate clean for your business, contact us today and we can discuss availability.
COVID-19 Deep Cleaning Service
COVID-19 Coronavirus has affeted us all and has required many businesses to either curtail their business or in a lot of cases, shut down completely. Of the worst hit sectors, the retail and hospitality industries were two of the most affected. Shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels and leisure centres had to close their doors virtually overnight, with no knowledge if and when they were going to open again.
For these businesses to have any chance of recovery, apart from the financial supports required to open again, strict government guidelines on cleaning regimes, work practices and emergency procedures have to be put in place. The latest government updates can be found by following the link at the bottom of this page.
Tícara can help businesses adhere to their cleaning obligations by providing any or all of the services mentioned above. However, to start on the road to recovery, we recommend that a ‘deep clean’ of a premises be carried out first. This involves a combination of the intermediate cleaning service followed by the microbial fogging service. This will give your premises a ‘clean’ bill of health and give your staff and customers confidence that they are entering a safe environment*
If you would like to talk to us about providing this, or any of our other services mentioned, for your business, contact us today for a no obligation phone consultation.
(*Once all other social distancing and hygiene requirements are being adhered to)