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Commercial Cleaning, Disinfecting, And Sanitizing Services

Make Your Customers Feel Safe With ‘Certified’ Commercial Cleaning, Disinfecting And Sanitizing

Evergreen Building Maintenance is now offering ‘Certified’ commercial cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing services to help Kelowna and area businesses provide peace of mind to their staff and clients.

‘Certified’ cleaning from Evergreen Maintenance is a higher level of cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing beyond a standard commercial janitorial service.

We realize that your clients are hesitant to come out of their homes and go to buildings where they could possibly get infected. This service allows you to tell them with confidence that your place of business is safe.

Since every business is different, we will create a custom plan to secure your business from infectious diseases.  Our proprietary ‘Certified’ Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sanitizing service provides extra layers of safety for your staff and clients such as:

  • Map out and thoroughly clean high touch point surfaces
  • Hypoallergenic “green cleaning” solutions to prevent reactions and negative consequences of harsh cleaning chemicals.
  • Disinfecting high touch point surfaces using “green” chemicals to kill 99.999% of germs on hard, non-porous surfaces or objects.
  • Special sanitization and disinfection of high traffic areas twice a day.
  • Using specialized equipment like electrostatic disinfection systems to eliminate infectious diseases, germs, viruses, mold, insects, fungi, parasites and more.

Evergreen Maintenance Supports Your Communicable Disease And Illness Control Policy

We know that every workplace is unique which makes it so important that every business assess functions carried out by their facility to ensure protection against the hazards presented by exposure to COVID and other communicable diseases.

This guide has been developed to help employers develop and maintain a public building safety plan. The guide provides a framework for assessing risks of disease transmission and planning how to mitigate those risks.

All businesses, including all those operating during a lockdown or shutdown, should have a written safety plan to protect themselves, customers, and visitors.

Evergreen Maintenance uses cleaning protocols recommended by the Public Health Agency Of Canada.

Communicable disease safety checklist.

What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting?

Commercial Cleaning Service

Cleaning is done with water, a cleaning product, and scrubbing. Cleaning does not kill bacteria, viruses, or fungi, which are generally referred to as “germs.”

Cleaning products are used to remove germs, dirt, and other organic material by washing them down the drain.

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Commercial Disinfecting Service

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfectants kill more germs than sanitizers. In most cases, a cleaning product is used first. Then the surface is either sanitized or disinfected when it is necessary.

Commercial Sanitizing Service

Sanitizing and disinfecting products are chemicals that work by killing germs. These chemicals are also called antimicrobial pesticides.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

Electrostatic Disinfection Service Features

  • Health Canada approved disinfectant for treating COVID-19.
  • Double-charged particles provide more coverage: enveloping surfaces – shadowed, vertical, and underneath.
  • Droplet size adjustments for adequate dwell time for optimal virus, bacteria, and fungi reduction.
  • According to the manufacturer’s labels, the disinfectant solution used is safe for people and pets.
  • According to the manufacturer’s labels, the disinfectant solution is safe for electronic devices and equipment.

Call now for a daily or weekly ‘Certified’ commercial cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing quote 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165

Kelowna Medical Clnic Cleaning Services

Kelowna Medical Clinic Cleaning Specialist

Commercial cleaning companies often think they can provide Kelowna medical clinic cleaning services.  Unfortunately, it takes an “accident” to alert the medical clinic management that the cleaning company doesn’t know what it is doing.

Medical staff, patients, or even the cleaning staff can get infected with germs or blood-borne pathogens before the cleaning company realizes they should have taken precautions.

Medical Office Cleaning Is Different From Commercial Office Cleaning

A commercial cleaning company knows how to dust, vacuum, scrub the bathroom sinks and kitchen floors.  They don’t understand that they have to wear cleaning, goggles, latex gloves, and protective clothing ALL the time they are cleaning the medical clinic.

Commercial office cleaning companies don’t understand they should use extra thick garbage bags or how to disinfect safely in a medical environment.

They don’t know when to use hospital-grade disinfectants or how to handle sharps containers.  And they don’t know to use Green Cleaning chemicals and techniques that have been approved for Kelowna medical clinic cleaning.

A study found more than 100,000 deaths linked to infections patients received at hospitals. Taking care to make sure all areas from waiting rooms to medical equipment are cleaned the right way can save lives.

Healthcare cleaning demands a deeper cleaning to ensure a sickness from one person is not passed on to many others.

Medical office cleaning is different from other types of cleaning. There are special techniques and cleaning materials needed to do the job correctly in  Kelowna medical clinic cleaning.

High Priority Cleaning Areas In Healthcare Environments

Waiting area

The waiting area sees all kinds of traffic – from dribbling babies to small children who go out of their way to touch everything and taste them.

This is a critical area for thorough sanitization and disinfection.

Counters, toys, furniture, telephones, and windows all need to be wiped down with a dry cloth, and then disinfect to remove germs.

Examination rooms

All furniture, chairs, and counters need to be sanitized and disinfected.  Linens, patient gowns and towels need to go into medical disposal bags and placed in a specified area for the laundry service.

Trash cans, the examination table, doors and doorknobs, and all the sinks need to be cleaned and sanitized thoroughly.

Of course, the floor needs to be swept, mopped, and disinfected and the carpet needs to be thoroughly vacuumed.

Each doctor’s personal office

Each doctor’s personal office also needs to be properly cleaned.  They may or may not have patients in their office, but they often come back to their office after seeing a patient.  Pathogens don’t drop off at the door as soon as a doctor leaves the examination room.

Special treatment for bathrooms

Spray disinfectant on and around the toilets, the countertops, and sinks, stall walls, and doors and allow to sit for at least five minutes to thoroughly disinfect. Use a vinegar solution to clean mirrors and windows. Wipe down soap and paper towel dispensers with disinfectant cloths. Sweep the floor and mop with disinfectant.

Specialty cleaning requires certification and special training.

Because a sanitized, hygienic medical environment is required by law, the best specialty cleaners are trained and certified to do the best job possible.

You can’t hire just anyone to complete this type of work, so it’s best to hire someone who specializes in Kelowna medical clinic cleaning.

Terminal Cleaning

Terminal cleaning is an intense disinfecting procedure that involves removing all detachable objects in the room, cleaning lighting and air duct surfaces in the ceiling, and cleaning everything downward to the floor. Items removed from the room are disinfected or sanitized before being returned to the room.

Highly infectious patients are put in operating rooms and isolation rooms where visitors are normally not allowed.  Nursing staff and doctors have special protocols when treating patients in these rooms.

Medical clinic cleaning staff need to have special training for terminal cleaning.

Make sure you hire the right medical office cleaning company to ensure safety for everyone.

Cleaning Vs. Disinfecting

Cleaning removes dust, debris, and dirt from a surface by scrubbing, washing, and rinsing.

Disinfecting destroys or inactivates both the bacteria and viruses identified on the product’s label (like influenza and rhinovirus) on hard, nonporous surfaces.

Cleaning can be accomplished with soap, or detergent, and water.  It removes the surface-level dirt and grime.  Cleaning can also remove some of the germs sitting on the surface.

Cleaning tools like sponges and cloths, simply move germs from one surface to another.

Disinfecting, on the other hand, refers to killing a high percentage of the germs on a surface or rendering them incapable of reproducing.

Preventive Disinfection of High Touch Surfaces

Maintaining a clean and sanitary office is important for the health of employees and patients. It can mean the difference between life and death.

High traffic areas must be cleaned throughout the day.  The following touchpoints must be thoroughly disinfected at least once every day:

  • Door handles
  • Light switches
  • Elevator buttons
  • Keypads
  • Railings
  • Copiers
  • Microwave ovens
  • Refrigerator doors
  • Water coolers
  • And more…

The cleaning needs of every medical clinic can vary widely.  A high touch-point cleaning plan should be customized for every healthcare environment.

We use hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning supplies along with thorough cleaning routines to make sure your medical office is always ready for business.

Cleaning And Security Guarantee

Evergreen Building Maintenance’s overnight janitorial staff will clean your clinic, making sure it is clean while the clinic is closed.  You’ll come back in the morning to a bright, clean, and sanitized environment.

Medical facilities often have private patient information, so you need to choose a company that ensures their workers understand the need for confidentiality and security.  All Evergreen Maintenance cleaning crews have full background checks and are all guaranteed bondable.

If you need a better medical clinic cleaning solution for your medical clinic give us a call!

We’ll make sure your medical office looks and smells great so you can focus on what you do best.

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly Kelowna medical clinic cleaning services:  1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

Coronavirus cleaning checklist for commercial cleaning and sanitizing

COVID-19 Cleaning Checklist: What To Do So You Can Get Back To Work

This COVID-19 cleaning checklist is meant to help businesses get up and running again safely.

It would be an understatement to say that the COVID-19 virus has seriously disrupted businesses around the world.  Regardless of the actions we had to take to protect ourselves, we have to get back to business.

Our lives, the lives of our employees and in reality the country depends on us, the small businesses, to pick up the ball and get back in the game.

If you are reading this when “social distancing” is still recommended by the medical system, please follow their recommendations so we can somehow get a grip on this situation.

The intent of this article is to help you get back to business after the COVID-19 threat has subsided.

It is important to understand that the COVID-19 is just another virus.  We get these kinds of viruses throughout the year.  Although the COVID-19 has become a bigger problem than other viruses, the principles for being safe apply to all viruses and germs in the workplace.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting offices, shopping malls, government buildings, and more, for over 30 years.  We have proven systems to make any kind of business safe from the spread of diseases.

Give us a call for commercial cleaning advice or to get a quote for daily and weekly services.

The Nature Of Viruses And Other Diseases That Get Passed Around At Work

Generally speaking, viruses and germs can spread from person to person through the air or by touching things that have been infected.

Germs that are spread through the air are the most potent because they have just been launched from the person carrying the infection.

This is why personal contact with an infected person — such as a handshake or breathing in droplets from a cough or sneeze — is the most common way these viruses spread.

In many cases, germs are most infectious before the carrier even has any symptoms.  If symptoms are not present, respiratory droplets carrying the disease can fly through the air to about six feet and land on another person.

Coughing spreads infected respiratory droplets as far as six meters, and sneezing as much as eight meters. While these droplets stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes it is unknown how long the air inside a room occupied by someone with a virus remains potentially infectious.

If there is no one around to “catch” the germs, they land on the floor or on a nearby object.

Cold and flu virus-laden droplets may remain infectious for a  long time, depending on where they fall.

Germs and viruses generally remain active longer on stainless steel, plastic and similar hard surfaces than on fabric and other soft surfaces.

Other factors, such as the amount of virus deposited on a surface and the temperature and humidity of the environment, also determine how long cold and flu viruses stay active outside the body.

Viruses and germs may remain alive for hours to days.  This is why it is imperative that the office or other building be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected on a daily or weekly basis.

What’s The Difference Between Cleaning, Disinfecting And Sanitizing?

Cleaning removes dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces.  The normal process of cleaning alone does not kill germs. However, when there are fewer germs the risk of spreading infection decreases.

Disinfecting is done by using chemicals to kill illness causing germs on surfaces.  The best way to reduce the spread of infection using disinfection techniques is to do it after a thorough cleaning.

Sanitizing is a term used by regulators.  When the number of germs on surfaces or objects is down to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements, your facility will be considered compliant.  A commercial cleaning company can achieve this result by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection

Choose The Right Method Of Cleaning And Disinfecting

It is important to match your cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs you want to remove or kill.

Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for up to 48 hours after being deposited on a surface.

It is not necessary to close your office building schools to clean or disinfect every surface in the building to slow the spread of a flu.

How To Clean And Disinfect Your Office

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:

Cleaning And Sanitizing Hard (Non-porous) Surfaces

If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For disinfection, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.

A list of COVID-19 cleaning products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products for concentration, application method and contact time, etc.

Additionally, diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1000ppm sodium hypochlorite) can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute, and allowing proper ventilation during and after application. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Virus Cleaning For Soft (Porous) Surfaces

For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:

If the items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and then dry items completely.

Otherwise, use products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 and that are suitable for porous surfaces

COVID-19 Cleaning For Electronics

For electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines, remove visible contamination if present.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.

Consider the use of wipeable covers for electronics.

If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.

Eliminating Germs From Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry

In order to minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.

Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

BCCSA Recommendations For Virus Cleaning

The BC Construction Safety Alliance recommends that you clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Table tops
  • Control panels
  • Computer/keyboard/mouse
  • Door knobs
  • Light switches
  • Handles
  • Bathrooms
  • Steering wheels
  • Eating areas
  • Pens
  • Hoist gates
  • Stair railings
  • First aid equipment

Cleaning and disinfection should be done as often as possible and at a minimum:

  • At the beginning of shift
  • Before eating
  • Between crew changes
  • End of shift.

Avoid sharing tools and pens. Disinfect any shared items before sharing.

Cleaning Needs Of Every Facility Are Different

These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities such as schools, institutions of higher education, offices, daycare centers, businesses, and community centers that do, and do not, house persons overnight.

Facilities will need to consider factors such as the size of the room and the ventilation system design (including flowrate [air changes per hour] and location of supply and exhaust vents) when deciding how long to close off rooms or areas used by ill persons before beginning disinfection. Taking measures to improve ventilation in an area or room where someone was ill or suspected to be ill with COVID-19 will help shorten the time it takes respiratory droplets to be removed from the air.

Additional Guidelines To Prevent Illness

Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them in most cases.  However, if you feel the need or if someone has been seriously ill in your facility, special cleaning and disinfecting processes can include:

  • Closing off areas visited by the ill persons.
  • Open outside doors and windows
  • Use ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Wait 24 hours or as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
  • Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas
  • Clean and disinfect shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wipe down walls
  • Clean and disinfect ceilings, especially those with a variable texture (like stipple or “popcorn”).
  • Use room air deodorizers
  • fumigation
  • Electrostatic cleaning to get into crevices and areas that cannot be reached easily by cleaning staff
  • Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled.
  • If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.

Insist On “Green Cleaning”

Using harsh chemical cleaners can create more problems.  Frequently using chemical based air deodorizers, and fumigating can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin; aggravate asthma, and cause other serious side effects.

According to Wikipedia, “Green Cleaning” refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.

Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products that contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions.

Green cleaning can also describe the way residential and commercial cleaning products are manufactured, packaged and distributed. If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term “green” or “eco-friendly” may apply.

Professional Commercial Cleaning And Janitorial Services

We all want to be safe, keep our families safe, protect our staff and do our part in protecting our clients and the general public.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been providing professional commercial cleaning services for a long time.  We have several well trained and experienced cleaning crews that provide consistent cleaning and disinfecting services.  Let us help you keep your facility clean and healthy.

We can provide dependable year round cleaning and disinfecting for your facility.

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly airport janitorial services for COVID-19 cleaning: 1-888-959-7304 or 250-800-3732.