Once the right product is selected, the next step is to ensure that it’s being used correctly, paying special attention to mandatory dwell times and the dilution factors. Dwell time is important to understand because if the product is removed too soon, it might not kill the pathogen as indicated on the product label. Not abiding by the proper dwell time not only puts clients and staff at risk but also opens the facility up to liability issues for not disinfecting appropriately.
Chemical management and dilution are also key to accurate and effective cleaning. If the staff does not follow the recommended dilution, it can lead to too much of a chemical in a solution. This can lead to damaged surfaces and overexposure to your clients and staff to the chemical. Conversely, using too little product may not allow for the appropriate chemical ratio needed for proper disinfection per the product label, thus exposing guests and staff to harmful diseases such as COVID-19 or the flu. Utilizing a chemical management system can help simplify the process by ensuring proper dilution every time.
Safety also needs to be top of mind for cleaning staff when using cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants. Most chemicals require the use of gloves and eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn when using bleach solutions to protect your hands. Cleaners and disinfectants should never be mixed unless a label indicates that it’s safe to do so. Additionally, it’s important to ensure any staff members who use cleaners and disinfectants read all instruction labels to understand safe and appropriate use.