It looks like it is time to change. But do we really have to clean or disinfect entirely differently since Corona stepped into our world? Probably not. In most cases the knowledge is there, we have the protocols and we know how to clean and disinfect. The major thing we have to change, is our behaviour in cleaning and disinfection: do what we have to do, do it consistently and do it according to the instructions.
Ask yourself if this really happens in your organisation. Not because you believe it, but because you checked it. It is possible that over time good intentions devaluate. Because of cost savings, lack of education, less operational guidance by supervisors and architectural obstacles that hinder the cleaning operation.
As previously mentioned, we don't have to change things drastically. But it is advisable to pay attention to certain aspects.
1. Check your cleaning documentation. Up to date? Everyone involved is aware of it?
2. Identify the contamination hotspots and risks of your building. Adapt protocols if needed.
3. Train and check (and repeat)all personnel involved in cleaning.
4. Check cleaning equipment. Is it professional, without defects, and clean?
5. Invest in understanding and motivation. Explain to cleaning operators the importance of infection prevention and the choice of cleaning system. Understanding creates motivation and involvement.
6. Change behaviour if needed.
7. Create trust. Hygienically safe is the new clean.