Most of the cleaning supplies we use go unseen. That explains why so many mops and vacuum cleaners are filthy. When it comes to cleaning our equipment, however, it is as crucial. Because of this, let us go over some brief pointers for cleaning and storing cleaning supplies.
Cleaning And Storing Common Cleaning Equipment
The proper cleaning and storage of cleaning equipment is critical to a successful cleaning process. Even simple items like rags and brushes need to be thoroughly cleaned. Cleaning products are often labeled with information on how and when to use them, but cleaning equipment is not typically marked with information about how to clean and store it. Here are a few brief tips for some of the most basic cleaning tools:
- Store in clearly marked bags.
- Discard greasy rags.
- Don’t let anything go to waste.
- Microfiber cloths should be washed on their own.
- If there is any leakage, clean the bottles.
- If the bottle labels are illegible, replace them.
- To prevent accumulation, be sure to clean all parts on a regular basis.
- Clear water should be used to remove any residue from a lukewarm cleaning solution.
- Remove any extra debris by swishing it around.
- Brushes should always be stored hanging to prevent breakage.
- Use with caution around liquids.
- It’s important to keep the area clean by regularly removing any debris or soil
- In a huge garbage can, dump the dust.
- The mop should be hung from a hook to allow it to dry out.
- The bag has been emptied.
- Vacuum the vacuum’s exterior by wiping it clean.
- The dome and exhaust diffuser filter should be cleaned as needed
- Keep all of your gear in a cool, dry place. The location of your equipment must be stable and free of temperature swings. Debris must also be kept to a minimum in the space.
- Supplies should be kept in their original containers to avoid contamination. If you’re going to prepare your own solution, be sure to clearly label any other containers you use.
- Children or pets should not have access to cleaning products and equipment.
Liquid soap, enzymatic cleansers, and detergents are all examples of cleaning goods. In addition to removing biological matter (such as dirt and bodily fluids), they also suspend lubricant particles. This is accomplished by the use of mechanical action in combination with a cleaning agent and water (i.e., scrubbing and friction).
Detergents with a pH between 6 and 8 are best for most cleaning tasks in environmental settings (in warm and cold water).
Additionally, healthcare facilities may benefit from the use of specialized cleaning solutions, such as bathroom/toilet cleansers, floor polishers, and glass cleaners. It’s important to compare the advantages and disadvantages (such as increased cost) of specialty items against the ability of a particular facility to assure proper storage, preparation, and usage.
Products for environmental cleaning
Environmental cleaning chemicals come in a variety of forms, each with its own set of pros and drawbacks for wellness.
The following are the best practices for environmentally friendly cleaning products:
- Establish and maintain a master list of environmental cleaning products approved by the facility, as well as a list of approved suppliers, as part of the facility cleaning policy (i.e., manufacturers, distributors).
- reducing the complexity of environmental cleanup
- keep cleaning staff training requirements to a minimum
- ensure that preparation and use are error-free
- pollution and deterioration can be eliminated completely.
- lessens the need to interact with employees (e.g., inhalation, skin contact)
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals in accordance with the product’s SDS (SDS). If these products are kept or processed, display the SDS.
- In accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, make cleaning and disinfecting solutions. To avoid extra risk to patients, workers, visitors, and the environment, do not prepare higher-strength concentrations or dilute below recommendations.
- Do not use harsh chemicals that can damage surfaces and equipment that need to be disinfected.
- Maintain standard operating procedures for the preparation, usage, and disposal of environmentally safe cleaning materials.
Terminal cleaning procedure:
- Gather all the cleaning supplies you’ll need for the terminal clean, including mop bucket, mop, disposable color-coded cloths, disposable roll, yellow clinical waste bags & tags, alginate & red bags, wet floor sign, vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter, etc.
- Before entering the room, put on PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), such as a disposable apron and gloves, and then throw away any disposable items you find there (e.g. hand towels, magazines, bottles, toilet rolls, etc.) Every single thing must be thrown away as medical waste.
- Disinfectant cleaning and disinfection solutions should be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container. Make sure you just use the cleaning supplies given by your workplace and don’t mix your own.
- When using hypochlorite/chlorine dioxide solutions, make sure the area being cleaned has appropriate ventilation. If there isn’t a window, leave the door open.
- As per the manufacturer’s instructions, disinfectant solutions should be applied in accordance with the contact time. When employing chemical disinfectants, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) laws must also be followed.
- Before drying, rinse with water after cleaning if necessary. To avoid corrosion on stainless steel, it is essential to rinse chlorine-containing solutions from the surface.
- During the terminal clean, use disposable cloths or paper rolls for cleaning. Utilize single-use mop heads when possible. Before leaving the area or room, place these in a clinical waste bag for disposal after usage.
- When transferring from one room or area to another, be careful to change your personal protective equipment (PPE) and dispose of it in a clinical waste bag.
- After removing and discarding PPE, wash your hands thoroughly.
- Do not leave or return to the terminal until the cleaning has been completed.
Our cleaning equipment is essential for maintaining a safe and clean atmosphere. It only makes sense if we first determine whether or not it is appropriate for the task. In order to have a clean environment, it is important to know how to properly clean and store cleaning supplies.