Got COVID-19? How to Kick the Virus Out of Your Business
Has COVID-19 infected your business? If you or any of your employees are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is possible. It is important for anyone who has experienced these symptoms to get tested right away. Once the test results come back, then you will be able to determine what next steps need to be taken for your business.
So, what if the test results come back positive? Don’t panic. The good news is that COVID-19 is fairly easy to get rid of with the correct tools and here at Rapid Restoration, we are here to help. Learn more on what you can do if COVID-19 infects your business and ways you can prevent it from happening again.
Determine Who’s Infected
The first thing you need to do is determine who was infected and where they have been in your facility or building. Companies with infected employees do not necessarily need to permanently shut down, if the areas the employee were in can be closed off.
Remember to wait 24 hours before entering the area for cleaning. This is so you don’t become infected too. If you can’t wait 24 hours, then remember to wear protective gloves and face coverings.
Helpful tip: If possible open any windows or doors in the infected area to increase the air circulation.
Disinfect All Areas
After you have waited 24 hours, you are now able to disinfect the areas where the infected employee was. You’ll want to be as thorough as possible and disinfect places and things like:
- Common Areas
- Vending Machines
- Shared Equipment
It is important to disinfect anything that the infected employee may have come in contact with. If you aren’t sure whether or not they have touched something or entered an area, disinfect it anyways. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Which Disinfectant and How To Use It
When disinfecting your business it’s important to be sure that you are using the right product that will properly disinfect. Anything on the EPA’s list N can be used to disinfect against COVID-19.
If you do not have access to anything on the list than you can make your own bleach solution by mixing:
- 1/3rd cup bleach per gallon of room temperature water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of room temperature water
Important: It is important to note that you should use bleach that contains 5.25% – 8.25% sodium hypochlorite. It is not recommended to use bleach that is not in this range.
These bleach solutions are a great way to disinfect your business and will continue to do so for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, you’ll want to create a new bleach solution. If you still aren’t able to make your own bleach solution, then you can use any alcohol solution that has at least 70% alcohol.
Not all of these solutions are going to be your everyday house cleaners. Because of that we want to ensure that you are using them correctly and safely. When using these products you should always read the label and follow the instructions given, as well as:
- Wear gloves, facemasks, and eye protection
- If possible, open windows, vents and doors for ventilation
- Do not mix chemicals
- Do not use more than recommended
- Store properly and out of reach from children and pets
It’s important to use these disinfectants safely and these same recommendations apply if you’re using your own bleach solution. Once you have properly disinfected all areas that were contaminated, you can then reopen them for use.
Call In the Professionals
Though you can disinfect your own business, it’s not as easy as wiping everything down with a disinfectant wipe. You need to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas that were infected and if done incorrectly you might end up in the same situation you were in before.
Our recommendation for when your business is infected with COVID-19, is to call our professionals at Rapid Restoration. We want to get COVID-19 germs out of your building and help keep you and your team safe! We have a supply of products and applicators that are designed to clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces and areas. By having professionals decontaminate your business you are sanitizing more effectively and efficiently. This minimizes the risk of COVID-19 remaining in your business and causing a potential closure.
Our services include:
- Large-scale room/building surface and air decontamination via Antimicrobial ULV Fogging
- Large-scale surface decontamination via Antimicrobial Spray Application
- Targeted area-specific or large-scale surface decontamination via Antimicrobial Wipe-down
It is important to take the correct measures against COVID-19 to protect your business. If COVID-19 has infected your business we offer one time sanitation as well as regular scheduled decontaminations.
Here at Rapid Restoration, we offer a hydroxyl treatment that not only sanitizes surfaces, but the air circulating the area. We do this with a hydroxyl generator and we have found that this is the most effective and rapid way to treat the air and get rid of any pathogens. For more about or hydroxyl treatment click here.
Once all contaminated areas have been disinfected, you’ll want to prepare for COVID-19 prevention, so that you don’t end up in the same situation. There are multiple different things you can do to prevent COVID-19 from entering your business, these include:
- Have you and your employees wash their hands often
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose
- Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
- Be aware of COVID-19 symptoms
These are just a few things you can do everyday to help prevent COVID-19 from entering your business. For more information on how to protect yourself and others, check out these tips provided by the CDC.
When in Doubt. Call Rapid Restoration!
We know how important your business is and we want to do whatever we can to make sure COVID-19 stays out of it. If you are looking for extra support during this difficult time, we have got your back. We have taken the time to understand this virus and have learned the best possible ways to remove it, check out our COVID-19 response here.
COVID-19 prevention is important and if you need your business to be professionally sanitized weekly, bi-weekly, or however frequently you need, we can help. We offer tailored plans that can fit to your schedule. Protect your business, and give us a call today.