Not all residential cleaning services are equal. One significant area where one maid services may differ from another involves preventing cross-contamination of dirt, germs, and other pathogens. The best cleaning services exercise best practices and utilize cleaning tools and solutions that not only remove dirt and kill bacteria but also prevent cross-contamination. Some companies lack knowledge of the best practices, while others may have the knowledge, tools, and techniques but do not use them.
Cross-contamination can lead to serious health issues if proper precautions and practices are not followed to prevent the unintentional spreading of dirt and germs from one place to another. Some residential cleaning companies may cut corners in order to cut costs when it comes to using the correct tools and following the best practices. These cost-cutting failures put individuals and families at risk.
The consequence of cross-contamination can be life-threatening. Sickness such as a cold or the flu can be transmitted to others in the household who then become sick. If salmonella or E. coli from a contaminated countertop are spread to food or to the eyes or mouth, a small child or an elderly person could become seriously ill and end up in the hospital. The irony is that cross-contamination is fairly easy to prevent.
5 Tips to Avoid Cross-Contamination
People who do not clean homes professionally might think there is little difference from one sponge or cleaning rag to the next. The truth is that tools, cleaning solutions, and cleaning techniques vary widely in their ability to clean, disinfect, and avoid cross-contamination. The strategy for preventing cross-contamination is relatively simple and easy to follow for the professional residential cleaning company or the homeowner.
Tip #1: Shoe-covering booties
Wearing shoe-covering booties prevents the spread of dirt and germs from one room to another and from one home to the next. Booties also prevent spreading residue over the house, such as when there is an unsanitary spill like a toilet overflow.
Tip #2: Changeable mop covers
Changeable mop covers isolate dirt and germs, which are discarded when the mop cover is removed and thrown away. The traditional cotton mop transfers dirt and bacteria to the mop bucket. When the mop is re-saturated in the contaminated water, the grime is re-applied to the floor. The use of traditional mops is outdated and is not an industry best practice.
Tip #3. Color-coded microfiber cleaning rags
Color-coordinated microfiber rags help to isolate dirt and germs. Microfiber rags are extraordinarily absorbent, picking up 99% of all dirt, bacteria, and other pathogens. These revolutionary rags are also safe for all or most surfaces. Here is a color-coordination pattern the homeowners can copy for themselves.
- green for kitchen
- blue for bathroom
- yellow for living rooms and bedrooms
Tip #4. Designated sponges
Having designated sponges similar to the practice for color-coordinated rags is a sound strategy to prevent cross-contamination from the bathroom to the kitchen or vice versa. Cellulose sponges are very absorbent and low abrasive. The high absorption capacity enhances the tool’s ability to collect dirt, grime, and germs, which can be squeezed with the water into a bucket for disposal. The sponge’s minimally abrasive properties are gentle on shiny surfaces, preserving their luster.
Tip #5. HEPA filter vacuum cleaners
Vacuum cleaners should do more than spread dust all over the home. HEPA-certified vacuum cleaners are much more effective than earlier generations of vacuums. A defective or ineffective vacuum cleaner can create a health hazard for people with asthma or allergies.
These simple solutions, when used properly, can prevent cross-contamination from room to room and from home to home. These tips are all industry best practices. Homeowners can implement these tips when they clean their own homes. Homeowners who have secured the services of a residential cleaning company should ask themselves, “Does my cleaning company use these tools and techniques to prevent cross-contamination when they clean my home?”
MaidPro Triangle Wake Forest is committed to avoiding and preventing cross-contamination in the homes they clean. Their employees go the extra mile — and then some. They use the best practices and tools in their cleaning, from color-coordinated microfiber rags to the most advanced HEPA-certified vacuums.