Cleaning to retain visibility as lockdown eases

Practices in cleaning and sanitisation through the pandemic in 2020 seem set to stay high on the agenda as lockdown eases, according to a Staffordshire Moorlands based contract cleaning company.

Director of Moorland Contract Group Suzanne Lawson said: “COVID-19 has highlighted the need for exemplary cleaning processes and systems. Protocols which were developed and established early in the pandemic, and which played a valuable part in reducing transmission, have brought the importance of professional and thorough cleaning practices to the fore.

“We have seen infection control; visibility and frequency of cleaning; and increased sustainability all at the forefront of our cleaning practices as businesses, schools, health settings and every place of work continue to manage the lingering impact of the pandemic.

“Infection control and public safety is top priority and there is little sign of this diminishing as the economy opens up. What was once an out-of-hours job is now highly visible and highly valued, with more of us required to undertake regular cleaning to keep workplaces safe.

“Customers are demanding higher frequency of cleans and highly visible schedules, as public awareness of cleaning processes has increased. Higher frequency cleaning serves two purposes. Firstly, it is vitally important in the fight against the spread of Covid-19, particularly in areas with high footfall. It also serves to reassure as people can see evidence of cleaning taking place wherever they go.

Up until the pandemic, sustainability in cleaning and janitorial supplies was a growing issue. Whilst there has been a growth in single-use disposable products such as masks and gloves, the consumer demand is still strong for sustainable products.

Suzanne added: “We take sustainability and our impact on the environment very seriously. As an example, our janitorial division, Moorland Contract Janitorial, supplies much of our range of concentrated cleaning products in refillable five-litre containers which are decanted into one litre bottles which can be diluted to fill up to 100 refillable spray bottles. When the five-litre container is empty it can be sent back to the supplier to refill, cutting plastic waste effectively to zero.