Cleanly Aware: COVID-19 Tips & Strategies

by Liz Caracciolo

As the pandemic unfolds, U.S. schools and businesses are taking extra precautions to keep their environments clean and healthy. For example, OpenWorks — a commercial cleaning and facilities services company that specializes in corporate, healthcare and education facilities — has seen a sharp increase in demand for cleaning and advanced measures, such as electrostatic technology, to maximize infection control.


Specialized disinfectant treatments can help facilities to help prevent the spread of illnesses.


Steps to Help Keep Germs at Bay


Be wary of the hype. Avoid silver-bullet products such as cleaning machines, filters or cleaning agents that offer unrealistic performance promises. Good, old-fashioned disinfecting and cleaning are the most effective preventive measures, using EPA-approved cleaning products.


Promote cleanliness through the day. Encourage team members to regularly clean and wipe down their own workspaces, including frequently used surfaces and items like keyboards and doorknobs.


Be realistic about resources. Many business executives are stretched thin by the uncertainty and focused on business continuity concerns, so a third-party cleaning service with a proven track record can provide the expert attention necessary to achieve a heightened level of cleanliness.


Make the most of the situation. For businesses contemplating a temporary shut-down or transitioning to a remote-work situation, schedule a cleaning while team members are away from the office.


Liz Caracciolo is COO of OpenWorks (

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