COVID-19 Cleaning Practices Cornwall.

Our team has been practicing and advising on the most effective cleaning methods against the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020. We will continue to give our professional opinion to our clients and will help any business in Cornwall seeking guidance.


What is coronavirus?

Coronoviruses are a type of virus that cause respiratory and intestinal illness in animals and humans. The newly identified infectious strand of coronavirus is called SARS-CoV-2 and causes a disease we now know as COVID-19. The WHO declared the outbreak as a global pandemic in March 2020, and cleaning hasn’t been the same since.

How does the virus spread?

Transmission of COVID-19 is thought mainly to occur through respiratory droplets or small particles that are produced when an infected person coughs, talks, sneezes, etc. If these droplets are inhaled into the nose, mouth, and airways it could lead to infection. Similarly, if someone touches a contaminated surface or object with their own hands and then touches their face, they could become infected.

Where do I need to clean more?

All touch points. Increase the cleaning and disinfecting of any points people are likely to physically touch when carrying out tasks in a space. This is called touchpoint cleaning and doing it frequently is fundamental in reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 via contaminated surfaces in any workspace or public area.

If you or your staff are showing symptoms of the virus, report it on the NHS track and trace app

Touchpoint Cleaning: A method for keeping your workspace surfaces disinfected.

Whether you have staff working from home, you run a high street shop or have set up a socially distanced solution at your offices – regular touchpoint cleaning will lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus through contaminated surfaces. The HSE provide a great cleaning guide.

A touchpoint starter checklist.

This is a starter touchpoint cleaning list and non-exhaustive. Daily business operations and the type of surfaces in your work area will determine the frequency of cleaning these touchpoints. Remember deep cleaning and fogging solutions are also available.

  • Light switches
  • Door handles (including cupboard doors)
  • Door push areas
  • Kitchen appliance handles and buttons
  • Sink taps (bathroom and kitchen)
  • Toilet flush
  • Bannisters/handrails
  • Individual and communal desks/tables
  • Keyboards and computer mice
  • Remotes and operational buttons
  • Electrical equipment (e.g. printers, card machines)
  • Landline phones, and mobiles

How long does SARS-CoV-2 live on surfaces?

Based on the results gathered from two different studies by NEJM and The Lancet, in controlled room temperature conditions the estimated lifespan of the virus on different surfaces are as follows:

  • Plastic: 3 – 7 days
  • Glass: up to 4 days
  • Stainless Steel: 3 – 7 days
  • Wood: up to 2 days
  • Cardboard: 24 hours
  • Copper: up to 4 hours
  • Paper: up to 4 days

Keeping our cleaning practices and staff updated.

In the beginning, we lost 95% of our business due to the whole country closing its doors and every member of staff was put on furlough. As restrictions eased, all staff gradually came back to work and now regularly receive specialist coronavirus training including updated cleaning practices. Our operations have been in continual change as improved cleaning products and equipment are made available and research improves.

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