Disinfecting with Quaternary Cleaners

by sa • September 21, 2019
Cold and flu seasonWinter is just around the corner and so is cold and flu season. From sniffles to chills, we often go to work with a virus, only t0 share our aches and pains with co-workers. Of course, employers can’t make it mandatory that sick people stay home from work, but they can take some steps to protect everyone with quaternary cleaners.

Quaternary Cleaners?

Quaternary cleaners, also known as “Quat Cleaners” are potent disinfectant chemicals designed to kill germs. Quats are generally used to disinfect high touch, non-porous surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, floors, garbage cans, countertops, and toilets.

Using Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaners is an effective one-step virucide disinfectant cleaner that is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, and they also inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. A virucide is a chemical that deactivates and destroys viruses.

High-Risk areas for Bacteria Accumulation

Offices are full of germs, and some of them may lurk in places that you might not expect.

Does your Janitorial Service utilize Quaternary Cleaners?

You will want to hear terms like 'quat cleanser,' 'quaternary' cleaner or hydrogen peroxide which will clue you into a Janitorial Service Provider (JSP) that understands disinfection procedures and products. Are you new to the term or happy to say that your provider has introduced you to its meaning?

While your JSP can do a great deal and can provide excellent products, they may not operate in your building every day, during the day, you have to be diligent. Take a minute and think about how many things people touch in a day. Not just the kitchens and restrooms, but throughout the building. Forewarned is forearmed.

Best Practices at Work and Home

In conjunction with thorough janitorial cleaning that utilizes quats, there are several ways that you and your employees can help keep viruses at bay.
  • If you are is sick, stay home if you can. Your office is one place where sharing is not cool. If unfortunately, you can't stay home, limit your contact with others as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands and sneeze into a sleeve (preferably your own) or a tissue. 
  • Hand sanitizers are great but here are some details you may not know

    For a sanitizer to be effective, it must have a minimum of 60% alcohol to kill bacteria.  Hand sanitizers remove oils from your skin, and this prevents bacteria from coming to the surface, but this bacteria is not the flu virus, and the oils are essential for good skin health to boot.

    Many health professionals and the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) only recommend sanitizers as a supplement to good old fashioned soap and water.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Thoroughly is the keyword here. Running your hands under water and wiping them on a towel is not adequate. Rubbing your hands in a lather for at least 30 seconds is a standard that many health professionals recommend for typical applications.
  • There is commercial grade disinfecting wipes available that can be used to regularly wipe down phones, keyboards, door handles, and any area that can be considered a touch surface. Your Janitorial Service Provider should be able to give you some options.

A Clean Business is a Successful Business

Have you given considerable thought to how your business environment is cleaned? Although it may seem obvious, the importance of a healthy and clean environment is a complex issue.

A seemingly clean workplace can still be a harbinger of hidden dust, dirt, and germs. An unsanitary workplace affects your employees, customers, and ultimately your bottom line.

Positive effects from a Clean Office

  • Removing dust, dirt, and germs means your employees will get sick less often, and individuals with allergies will have to contend with fewer allergens.
  • An immaculate office appearance creates an image of professionalism and attention to detail, suggesting to customers that your business offers real value and doesn’t cut corners.
  • A clean, fresh environment will boost your employee's mood which will lead to higher productivity 
To learn more about the effectiveness of using Quaternary Cleaners, contact Compass Cleaning Solutions or call (602) 606-7900 or toll-free at (877) 221-1213 today!

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