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Why Cleaning Companies must raise their game

All cleaning companies, even the best, will need to raise their game in the post lockdown era.

Suddenly, cleaning is going to be near the top of every Office Manager and Facility Manager’s agenda.

They will want to know with confidence that their cleaning company can respond in a way that will meet the new expectations.

Any cleaning company that fails to address these key points will soon lose out to the ones that have planned ahead and responded best.

Here is the Spotless 10 point plan being cascaded to our 50 Managers from Inverness to Southampton, and then on to our 1,600 staff as they return to work.

Coronavirus Why Post Social Distancing

1. Social distancing for cleaning staff.

We will enable and enforce social distancing among our own cleaning staff (and our 15 head office staff, too). The 2m rule will apply. Staff will minimise sharing of equipment. Hand washing to occur before and after each shift. Start times may be staggered.

Coronavirus Why Post Supply Chain

2. Focus on Supply chain.

We will manage our supply chain to be able to provide items that you might need (eg chemicals, PPE, soaps). We want to avoid the issues we all had in mid-March.

Coronavirus Why Post Presenteeism

3. Managing Presenteeism.

Our staff will be instructed in very clear terms that they must not attend work if they feel at all unwell, at the risk of Disciplinary action. Likewise, please tell us if you have a suspected case at work.

Coronavirus Why Post PPE

4. Review of PPE.

We will follow government advice on suitable PPE for normal daily cleaning, especially the use of face masks for cleaners.

Coronavirus Why Post Colour Coding

5. Colour Coding.

We will re-assert the importance of colour coding, to minimise cross contamination of germs and any trace of virus.

Coronavirus Why Post Adapt

6. Adapt the Specification.

We are not necessarily seeking extra hours – just to re-prioritise the tasks we do. On top of our standard daily anti-bacterial cleaning, we will introduce weekly anti-viral cleaning for touch points at no extra cost, along with the appropriate COSHH. We know too that financial budgets may have changed, or you may have less people at work. Tell us what you want, and we’ll work with you.

Coronavirus Why Post Lockdown Cleans

7. Post Lockdown Cleans.

We recommend letting the cleaning staff come back 2 days (3 if you can afford it) before you re-open your workplace. This will help get surfaces, kitchens and toilets back to a good standard.

Coronavirus Why Post Fogging Cleans

8. Manual Sterilisations and Fogging Cleans.

On request, we can price for an in depth manual sterilisation clean or better still, electrostatic fogging cleans with a virucidal spray. We especially recommend this if you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID19. We have the appropriate PPE (hazmat suits, goggles etc) and will use disposable cloths and mopheads.

Coronavirus Why Post IT Cleaning

9. Specialist IT Cleaning.

We recommend specialist monthly cleaning of IT equipment and phones. Certainly the cleaning staff can fog them daily with our Innuscience product, and this will keep bacteria at bay, but a thorough monthly clean is also recommended.

Coronavirus Why Post Sanitisation

10. Provision of wall mounted hand sanitisation points.

If you don’t already have them, we can help get these placed around your workplace in strategic places.

10 Changes to Office Life - the new normal after lockdown

Spotless cleans over 1,000 offices throughout the UK. We see the office trends as they happen. We even advise our clients what other offices are doing and the successes they’ve had.

But Coronavirus will spawn a whole set of new trends, and already our customers are making their plans.

Here are 10 things which we will believe will be the new normal.

  1. Less desks. Desks will need to be 6ft apart, which means less work spaces.
  2. Therefore, staggered work shifts. Most likely one week in, one week off, with at least one person from each department present in the office. The weekend break itself will help kill any traces of the virus, plus proper cleaning, of course.
  3. No arbitrary hotdesking for the foreseeable future. We had just started to see more of this recently.
  4. Only one person in the kitchen at once, and more discipline in cleaning and tidying up after themselves.
  5. Can I borrow a pen? No you may not. Keep hold of your own!
  6. No shaking hands as standard.
  7. Meetings always at 6 ft distances, so for most rooms, 3 people max. Therefore Zoom, Teams, etc wherever possible. There will be almost no visitors to the office, unless critical.
  8. Temperature testing daily in some offices, or compulsory tracking of symptoms on track and trace Apps
  9. Increased car use. For a 90 mile business trip would you take a car or train? Most people will want their car, for hygiene safety purposes.
  10. And lastly cleaning … there will need to be increased training for cleaners,  fanatical attention to touch points and more stringent auditing. Even the best cleaning companies will raise their game. See here to read what we’re doing.

Let’s recognise the positives in all of this.

Carbon footprint is down, and with it all the associated costs of fuel and energy.

We’ve re-written how to do meetings online which is so often an improvement on face to face meetings.

And lastly, while some people have struggled to work well during lockdown, even been slightly ‘found out’, many others have flourished working from home, and shown higher levels of productivity.