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Tackling long-term care facilities

May 15, 2013

HAMILTON, OH — Cleaning senior and long-term care (LTC) facilities can be more involved and require more detailed attention than cleaning other types of locations, according to a press release.

The concept of "cleaning for health" takes on a far more important meaning in these settings, the release stated.

According to the release, Kaivac Inc., developer of the No-Touch and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning Systems, offers the following hygienic cleaning suggestions for cleaning professionals responsible for LTC facilities:

  • Designate which surfaces need to be cleaned with a germicidal disinfectant (areas at high risk for contamination), a sanitizer (moderate risk) or an all-purpose cleaner (low-risk zones such as offices).
  • Staff should avoid eating in clinical areas or nurse stations; food waste provides nourishment for microorganisms and can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
  • Phones should be cleaned with a sanitizer several times per day
  • Restrooms should be cleaned using sanitizers or disinfectants when there is an elevated health concern.
  • Food service areas also need to be cleaned with sanitizers, and a disinfectant should be used when health concerns are elevated.

"Of special concern is floor cleaning. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] reports floors in healthcare–type settings can become contaminated due to settling airborne bacteria, contact with shoes and wheels, and especially from soiled mops and buckets. Alternative floor cleaning methods that do not use mops and buckets should be selected,” said  Matt Morrison, communications manager for Kaivac.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.