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Cleaning senior and long-term care (LTC) facilities can be more involved and require more detailed attention than cleaning other types of locations. The concept of “cleaning for health” takes on a far more important meaning in these settings.
Kaivac offers the following hygienic cleaning suggestions for cleaning professionals responsible for LTC facilities:
- Designate which surfaces need to be cleaned with a germicidal disinfectant (areas at high risk for contamination), a sanitizer (moderate risk), or an all-purpose cleaner (low-risk zones such as offices).
- Staff should avoid eating in clinical areas or nurse stations; food waste provides nourishment for microorganisms and can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
- Phones should be cleaned with a sanitizer several times per day
- Restrooms should be cleaned using sanitizers or disinfectants when there is an elevated health concern.
- Food service areas also need to be cleaned with sanitizers, and a disinfectant should be used when health concerns are elevated.
Along with traditional high-touch areas (such as light switches and doorknobs), a big concern in LTC facilities is fomites. Fomites are touchable areas in LTC facilities that can spread disease. These areas include: railings, bedside tables, remote controls, carts, push buttons, trash receptacles, seating and tables, walls and privacy and window curtains.
For more information, see www.kaivac.com.