Flu Prevention Tip 1: Clean and disinfect regularly.
The flu can spread when people touch infected surfaces and then touch their eyes, mouth or nose.
However, flu viruses are fairly easy to kill when using appropriate products as part of the cleaning and disinfecting process, but it must be done regularly, especially during flu season.
Remember to always remove visible soil from surfaces, followed by targeted disinfecting.
Flu Prevention Tip 2: Target high-touch surfaces.
Objects and surfaces that are frequently touched such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, keyboards, faucets, and phones need to be disinfected at least once a day with an EPA-registered disinfectant. Specific germ-prone areas such as bathrooms should also be given more attention.
Disinfecting wipes are a good option for high-touch surfaces because they can clean and disinfect in one step and some are EPA-registered to kill influenza on a wide variety of surfaces.
Flu Prevention Tip 3: Choose the right products.
Influenza viruses can survive on both hard and soft surfaces for hours, providing ample opportunity for cross-contamination and the spread of infection, so it is important to use products that are EPA-registered to kill influenza and are effective on hard and soft surfaces.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several types of disinfectants are effective against the flu including chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide and quaternary ammonium-based cleaners.
No matter which product you use, it is important to always read the product label to ensure that it is EPA-registered to kill the influenza A virus.
One-step, ready-to-use disinfecting products can be EPA-registered to kill the influenza A virus on hard surfaces and kill bacteria and sanitize soft surfaces in 30 seconds.
Flu Prevention Tip 4: Use products correctly.
Remember, the best results are achieved when disinfectants are used correctly.
It is important to always refer to the product label and follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and contact time, or the length of time the disinfectant needs to remain wet on the surface to properly kill pathogens.
Different products have different contact times for killing certain pathogens.
Flu Prevention Tip 5: Educate cleaning staff and other employees about personal flu prevention steps.
The CDC recommends that businesses encourage employees to get a seasonal flu vaccine and discourage sick employees from coming to work.
In addition, instruct employees to wash their hands regularly with soap and water especially after emptying waste baskets, touching used tissues or using the bathroom.
Jennifer Case is marketing manager with Clorox Professional Products company. For more information, visit www.CloroxProfessional.com.