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Keeping Small Businesses Clean

By Dushun Hogan

President of Cleaning General Janitorial Services Inc.



COVID-19, the current virus affecting the entire world, is highly infectious so it is important to prevent further spread. For those deemed essential and for others returning after lockdown, we need to review cleaning procedures at our place of work.


To ensure your business is cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day, it is helpful to create a list. This list will help ensure those responsible for cleaning do not miss anything. It might include all surfaces, doorknobs, and furniture, for example. If you hire a cleaning company, ask about policies and procedures now, and post COVID-19.


We have been reminded, since the emergence of COVID-19, that handwashing is instrumental in preventing the spread of disease. At your place of business, ensure hand sanitizers are available at all entry and exit points and are soap dispensers are filled in the bathrooms. Remind staff, especially those in the hospitality industry, that washing hands frequently is a way to help maintain cleanliness, as well as preventing the spread of infectious diseases.


As a small business, it is important to invest in technology that allows employees to work from home because, as has been proved in recent weeks, reducing the number of employees on-site helps prevent the spread of disease. You need to make sure your staff is fully equipped to work remotely.


Since many were ill-prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, the development of a business continuity plan is vital going forward. This continuity plan should include any new measures needed to ensure cleanliness in the workplace, the safety of staff, and staff working from home.

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