The cold and flu season is just around the corner. If you’re a business owner, preventing the spread of illness in your office is essential. However, the cold and flu season can be a challenge because it’s common for employees to get sick. Also, once one employee gets sick, it’s easy to spread the same bug to other employees — resulting in many absences, low productivity, and an all-around lethargic workplace. So, how do you prepare your business for the cold and flu season? Fortunately, you can do a few things for your office, gym, medical facility, etc. Here are some office cleaning tips for cold and flu season to help keep your employees healthy.

Preventing the Spread of Illness

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces. For example, these surfaces include doorknobs, light switches, faucets, countertops, phones, keyboards, and mousepads. Use a disinfectant wipe or spray to clean these surfaces daily.
  • Vacuum and dust regularly. Regular vacuuming and dusting will help remove dust and dirt that can harbor germs.
  • Clean the air vents. Air vents can become clogged with dust and dirt, creating a breeding ground for germs. Have your air vents cleaned by a professional at least once a year.
  • Sanitize the breakroom. Sanitizing should include the microwave, refrigerator, and sink. Use a disinfectant wipe or spray to clean these surfaces after each use.
  • Provide hand sanitizer. Make hand sanitizer available in breakrooms, restrooms, and other common areas. Encourage employees to use hand sanitizer often, especially after using the restroom or before eating.
  • Encourage employees to stay home when sick. This guidance is the best way to prevent the spread of illness. Therefore, employees should stay home and rest if they are sick.

By following these simple tips, you can help keep your office clean and prevent the spread of illness during cold and flu season.

Additional Office Cleaning Tips for Cold and Flu Season

Here are some additional tips to help prevent the spread of illness in your office:

  • Encourage employees to get vaccinated against the flu. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.
  • Wash your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your face. Germs can quickly spread from your hands to your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Hire a commercial cleaning company. After completing a deep cleaning, schedule regular cleanings throughout the season to minimize germs. 

These tips can help keep yourself and your coworkers healthy during cold and flu season.

Integrity Facility Services Can Help!

Integrity Facility Services is here to prepare your business for the cold and flu season to help make your work environment safe. We offer COVID-19 Deep-Cleaning Solutions, daily, weekly, and monthly janitorial cleaning services,  floor care management, and eco-friendly cleaning products. Schedule a free consultation or call (404) 530-0811 to discuss your cleaning needs and get started on a custom cleaning program. By working together, we can help keep your office healthy and productive during cold and flu season.