Preserving the health and appearance of patient and administrative spaces is important for the longevity of your buildings. One of the first impressions patrons in your building make is based off the quality and appearance of your floors, especially in well lit areas where dirt and spills are more noticeable. If a patient sees dirty carpets in a lobby entrance or hallways, they can make inferences about the health of other spaces in your buildings, like patient or surgical rooms. The same is true for office spaces, long-term care facilities, schools, and more. The public has heightened expectations for cleaning standards, and part of your job is to meet and exceed their standards.
There are ways to communicate your team and facility is doing its part to prevent infection and keep the safety of the community at the forefront. Knowing common problem areas for dirt and contaminants in your facility is a start to refocusing your infection control plan. That being said, a cleaning professional is limited by the equipment they use to perform daily operations. By choosing efficient equipment you can focus on improving the appearance of your floors and reduce cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is a big issue for hospitals and long-term care facilities looking to reduce their number of healthcare acquired infections, which has become an even bigger issue with the spread of COVID-19. Dirty floors are a common source of cross-contamination since patrons entering your building tracking dirt around your facility, and patrons or staff leaving your restrooms can also spread contaminants into patient rooms, lobbies, surgical rooms, and more.
The way to get results from your cleaning program is to be proactive in your efforts and choose solutions that will have long term benefits. Using a matting system is one way to maintain cleaner floors and slow the spread of contaminants since they can trap some of dirt from foot traffic entering your building. Mats only trap some of the dirt and bacteria that enters your buildings, and they still need to be cleaned themselves. Vacuuming is a daily maintenance task that everyone knows improves the appearance and health of your floors. This can be a labor-intensive task, especially in buildings with a lot of square footage and obstacles like patient beds and furniture in lobbies. Your challenge is how to increase efficiency with daily cleaning tasks that must be done and making sure your housekeeping or custodial team isn’t overly fatigued so you can guarantee the results you need to be compliant.
ProTeam offers efficient and cost-effective methods for cleaning in the commercial world, including healthcare, offices, schools, or anywhere there’s high foot traffic. Their backpack vacuums have revolutionized the cleaning industry and are approved by the Carpet & Rug Institute which signifies superior carpet cleaning effectiveness and indoor air quality. They are designed to clean carpets and hard surfaces without stirring up dust. They work more efficiently since staff is able to cover more square footage in less amount of time. This is due to backpack vacuums weighing less than traditional upright vacuums. Instead of bending over and performing more strenuous back-and-forth motions, your staff can maintain a neutral posture and vacuum faster with less exertion. This is a win-win for you and your staff, since they’re less likely to get fatigued and more likely to deliver the results you need.
ProTeam has put an emphasis on lowering decibel levels to help reduce noise pollution, which can be a big concern in healthcare. Allowing your housekeeping or custodial team to vacuum contaminants underneath patient beds and maneuver around other hard to reach areas, like stairs or furniture, helps to decrease cross-contamination likelihood and increase air quality. ProTeam is partnered with the American Lung Association to promote public awareness and education about indoor air quality issues.
Maintaining safety for your patients and building occupants requires more than cleaning and air quality. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, more than 60% of nursing homes residents will fall each year. By finding ways to reduce tripping hazards for patients you can help keep safety a priority and avoid accidents or liabilities. ProTeam offers a cordless backpack vacuum that helps to eliminate the risk of tripping on cords. By providing a means for safer, more effective, vacuuming you can allow more time for tasks that residents and their families care about most and deliver on your cleaning results.