The importance of infection control
When cleaning in both the home and the workplace, there are a number of things which could impact the effectiveness of removing bacteria and germs from surfaces. Some are simple to recognise, but others may not be so obvious! This article should help you with effective infection control, to make the most of your cleaning and janitorial supplies effectively and more importantly – correctly to show you how to get the best coverage and overall removal of germs and bacteria.
Incorrect Dilution Ratios
Dilution errors with powders, liquids and tablets can very easily happen when you are preparing disinfectant. By using too much water and over diluting can weaken the disinfecting and cleaning properties, which will in turn make it far less effective. If you end up under diluting then your solution will be too strong, which can be toxic and harmful to any surfaces, finishes and yourself.
Transference is what happens when you use a wipe or cloth on more than one surface. By doing this all you are going to do is take the germs and bacteria from one place, and put it on the following surface. This isn’t good infection control at all, and can do more harm than good. When cleaning, always use “S” shaped motions on surfaces so that once you’ve wiped over an area, it isn’t recontaminated by the same cloth or wipe which originally cleaned it.
In the event that a surface is covered in any heavy soiling, make sure that you remove this first, as it will impact the antibacterial and disinfecting properties of the wipe.
When using cleaning chemicals – especially those with a chlorine base, you are at risk of inhaling dangerous fumes. The toxic fumes from chlorine can irritate the lungs, eyes, nose and throat. Its important that when starting any job which requires chlorine based cleaning agents to be used, that you take the responsibility to be safe and do a full PPE risk assessment, and if required use a compatible mask.
Issues with reusable cloths
Reusable cloths seem like a great idea for infection control to begin with, but these products can actually end up adding more microorganisms to a surface. When you reuse the same cloth over and over it will remain damp when put into storage – this is ideal for the breeding germs and bacteria. Even machine washing a cloth once its been used doesn’t get rid of as many germs as you would think.
there are a great range of wipes designed to offer excellent infection control, which you can view here.