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  • 29 Nov 2021 6:28 PM | David Han

    Medical cleaning provides us with basic best practices to prevent the spread of germs and cross contamination. Coresivity provides janitorial services for clinics and hospitals. We are well-versed in aseptic cleaning. These best practices are well suited for preventing cross contamination and can easily be adopted for commercial and residential cleaning.

    Aseptic cleaning focuses on the reduction of germs and preventing the spreading of infectious diseases. Our aseptic cleaning standards and equipment enable healthcare facilities, clinics, and medical offices to meet required cleanliness standards. Our cleaning methodology reduces the spread of pathogens. Aseptic janitorial service technicians are fully versed in the causes of cross contamination and how to prevent it. We use room and surface specific cleaning techniques. A broad-spectrum disinfectant and sanitizing agents helps maintain a healthy environment. High traffic and high touch areas such as door handles, faucets, dispensers, and restrooms are central to eliminating cross contamination and containing pathogens.

    Two-bucket mopping ensures that an approved germicidal detergent solution stays clean as long as possible during the cleaning process. This system uses 2 buckets with one designated as clean and the other designated as dirty. The mop is dipped into the clean bucket and excess water is wrung out. The baseboards, corners, and floors are mopped. Then the mop is rinsed in the dirty bucket and wrung out. The mop is then dipped in the clean bucket and wrung out again. This process is repeated until mopping is completed. Clean water and mop head will be maintained at all times and changed after mopping any unsanitary spillage such as feces, urine or other biological hazard.

    Color coding microfiber cloths helps eliminate cross contamination. Color coding should be an integral part of training for janitorial and custodial staff. It helps verify that staff are changing cleaning supplies as appropriate. It is also provides reassurance to your clients that you are serious about preventing the spread of germs and are purposeful in your approach to cleaning and sanitizing. Color coding is a combination of area and task. Red is for sanitary appliances, restroom floors, toilets, urinals. Yellow is for restroom surfaces. Green is for general food and bar cleaning. Blue is for general low risk areas such as common areas, offices, and classrooms. More colors are always an option as well.

  • 29 Nov 2021 6:04 PM | Scotty Jones

    With the prevalence of the current Covid-19 pandemic, as professionals we are obligated to understand the importance of safe best practices.  Bloodborne pathogens are serious concerns and we as business owners must ensure our teams have been educated in these areas so they can perform their jobs properly.

    Utilizing PPE is a must especially when a spill contains body fluids, I advise my team to wear PPE regardless because you never can predict when the worst can happen.  Also, implementing an exposure control plan is vital as its important to have a set plan in place to ensure all necessary steps are taken in the event someone is exposed, gets a needlestick, etc. 

    By following OSHA mandated guidelines, having an educated workforce on the dangers of bloodborne pathogens will keep everyone safe while continuing to provide much needed services for our clientele. 

  • 29 Nov 2021 3:52 PM | Linhoe Ree

     Medical Cleaning practices can be implemented into other residential & commercial cleaning situations by having the same mind set that everything you come into contact with is infected. This will aid the cleaning specialist in always be pre-cautious and employ proper cleaning protocols.

    Studies show that 1.2 million infections occur outside of the Hospital/Medical environment therefore employing the same caution and technics/protocols is helpful in decreasing the number of infections-germs and viruses that spread. We can see this more now than ever with the spread of the Coronavirus. Cleaning companies who are trained and certified are helping to stop the spread of this Pandemic.

    By employing proper cleaning protocols in residential & commercial cleaning situations we can further decrease the spread of germs and viruses that not only present in hospitals. 

    It is essential that your cleaning personnel understands and has been trained properly. To find a certified cleaning company please visit IJCSA's Janitorial Service Directory. Together we can attain a healthier work and living environment.

  • 29 Nov 2021 3:07 PM | Giancarlo Barrera

    Cleaning employees should know about Bloodborne pathogens and the risk it carries being exposed to it, if it is infected. It's important that employees know about universal precautions to prevent the spread of Bloodborne Pathogens, such as wearing the protective gear like gloves and goggles. 

     If you are ever exposed to an infectious disease you will know how to correctly clean wounds that were exposed and disinfect the affected areas.  You should treat all blood and bodily fluids as infected. It's important that cleaners know about Bloodborne Pathogens, to keep the place clean and prevent spreading. 

    Keeping yourself safe by always washing your hands after you've removed any PPE. Knowing how to properly dispose of needles and linen. All biohazard containers should be labeled and/or color coded.

  • 29 Nov 2021 2:19 PM | Vivian Martin

    They are everywhere! Germs! I am OCD, so this is a very real subject for me, as I see every surface and object as a germ. This is actually an accurate observation. Germs live everywhere and it is up to me as a professional cleaner to help control and minimize the germs as much as I can for my clients. I was well aware of the dangers and contaminations that could occur with non-sanitized surfaces, but now taking this course at IJCSA,  has really made me more alert and cautious while I am cleaning.

    When you work with other individuals in the workplace you have to be vigilant with germ and infection control. Germs and infections are spread through direct contact, indirect contact or airborne particles. Direct contact could be as simple as shaking someone's hand. Indirect contact is where you touch an object such as a TV remote or Pen that another person has contaminated. Airborne is where someone coughs or sneezes and the particles are in the air. 

    The leading step in preventing germ spread is good hand washing hygiene. You want to wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds making sure you rub hands together and get between the fingers and up to your wrists. Rinse well and dry your hands with a paper towel. Use your paper towel to turn water off and open the door as to not re-contaminate your hands after washing. Other than hand washing, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are the best ways to control germs and viruses in the workplace. Please visit the following link to learn more or to find a janitorial service in your area.

  • 29 Nov 2021 1:55 PM | Vivian Martin

    Being a professional cleaning specialist for over ten years, I have cleaned many residential and commercial properties alike. I have even cleaned medical offices without certification, but now that I have joined IJCSA  and have started the certification process, I am learning how medical cleaning practices implemented into other residential and commercial cleaning situations will be substantial in protecting the population and the world from harmful bacteria, germs, and viruses. 

    Germs are everywhere, no matter the environment, whether its a residential, commercial, or medical facility, bacterial and germs exist. Understandably, medical offices and facilities have a greater risk for spreading these microorganisms and they are visited daily by sick and sometimes very ill people. Knowing how to properly clean and sanitize a medical facility will only help in doing the same logic of keeping people safe and lower the chances of transmitting germs and bacteria in other cleaning situations, such as residential or other commercial cleaning locations. 

    Knowing the importance of PPE and the proper way of wearing such protective gear is a start for myself and others that live and work in the areas that I am cleaning. Also knowing the right cleaning products that work best for each individual cleaning area is a must, and I have learned the importance of reading the labels as well as the MSDS's to assure the correct product and usage of each cleaning chemical. Following the same cleaning procedures as medical cleaning in residential and other commercial cleaning  locations will only ensure a safe and clean environment every cleaning to keep the home and other work locations safe from most bacteria, germs, and other harmful and contagious microorganisms. 

    According to OSHA, it estimates that 5.6 million workers in the healthcare industry and related occupations are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens that include but not limited to: HBV, HCV, and HIV. Being certified in cleaning medical areas and using  the same methods of cleaning a hospital setting that has a potential dangerous exposure to these potential deadly diseases, then the client of a residential or commercial facility can rest assured that I have the knowledge to keep their home or business clean and sanitized as well. 

    I am happy and excited that I found IJCSA to get all the different cleaning certifications to further my cleaning business as well as help my clients feel safe in knowing they are receiving excellent cleaning services for their home or business. To find a certified cleaning company in your area please visit

  • 29 Nov 2021 12:23 PM | Tiara Lee

     Great customer service means, following the best practices like valuing customers time, having a pleasant attitude, and, providing knowledgeable resourceful resources, but that you also take the time to not only meet but exceed customer expectations.                                                   

    Customers can have the peace of mind knowing that IJCSA Certified Members have, been through a rigid customer service certification class. We know the importance of leaving no customer unsatisfied.

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  • 29 Nov 2021 11:17 AM | Ana Malone

    It is extremely important for cleaning employees to be aware of the risk that comes from bloodborne pathogens. Cleaning staff could come into contact with many forms of bodily fluids that have the possibility of spreading disease. There is a possibility to infect themselves and many others by not properly handling situations where bloodborne pathogens could be a risk. Cleaning staff should always use universal precautions.

    Even if a particular cleaning staff member would not usually be expected to come into contact with a bloodborne pathogen, they should have the proper training to be able to handle the situation and reduce the chances of anyone contracting a bloodborne pathogen whenever possible.

    Bloodborne pathogens training can help employees to be aware of the risk and to use universal precautions by wearing proper PPE and following all established safety protocols. Without training employees may not be aware of the risks and that could lead to many people being at risk to be infected by a bloodborne pathogen that could have otherwise been avoided.

  • 29 Nov 2021 10:46 AM | Bryan Overton

    "How You Can Implement Medical Cleaning Practices Into Other Residential & Commercial Cleaning Situations". The bottoms line is that in todays cleaning environment. You must treat all situations as if you are dealing with multiple germs and viruses. I would say that you might find even worse situations away from the Medical Cleaning environment.

    The first thing I believe you can add to your residential and commercial situations is the use of basic PPE. Gloves, Mask, and some type of gown. The gown can be reused if washed properly. I have found many times that this saves me from a messy situation. When I am done I am getting back into my vehicle and driving to another client. Stay clean.

    I tend to clean all of the bathroom work as if it is a medical facility. Hundreds of people may be using the same facility. Keep it simple but clean. Keep yourself protected from all germs and viruses along with making sure you are doing the same for the client. 

    Remember most clients will not continue to clean up after themselves typically medical staff try to help keep things clean. You never know what kind of situation you may walk into. Treat all surfaces as if they are contaminated. Protect yourself and never cut corners with PPE or any other protection you  may choose to use. Bryan.

  • 29 Nov 2021 10:22 AM | Georgios Stathopoulos

    Germs, bacteria, and viruses are present virtually almost everywhere. To our workplaces, homes, and recreational spaces. Today, with the emergence of constant harmful viruses, advanced cleaning methods and practices are required to keep commercial facilities and residential home safe and healthy. It is important now more than ever for commercial and residential cleaning services to implement medical cleaning practices to their clients.

    When people hear about medical cleaning, they assume that the level of cleaning is impeccable, and no germs, bacteria, and viruses can survive from that process. However, the general population does not have the time nor the training to do that for their own facilities and homes. That is why it is imperative to have a commercial and residential cleaning service to provide a medical cleaning level of service for businesses and homes. Commercial and residential cleaning services are trained in bloodborne pathogens, and chemical hazards. With this knowledge, they know how to clean and disinfect surfaces without fail. In addition, commercial and residential cleaning services are trained of how to wear properly PPE gear, and how to properly dispose them, so they can eliminate the spread of harmful illnesses. Furthermore, cleaning services train their cleaning techs on proper safety measures for the safety of their customers as well as their own. This all sounds good, but not every cleaning service can provide that level of service.

    Applying a medical cleaning level of service requires a step further of knowing of how to handle a vacuum, mop, and a disinfectant. It requires to have a knowledge of what germs, bacteria, and viruses are, and how to protect from those diseases. Commercial and residential cleaning services that enroll to organizations such as the IJCSA will receive this training and much more. IJSCA members are trained on Green Cleaning, Bloodborne Pathogens, Chemical Hazards and Medical Cleaning courses to help cleaning companies achieve a higher level of cleaning, so communities can be safe and healthy. In addition IJSCA members receive advice and support of how to develop geared training programs for training and safety practices, and there is a vast network of cleaning professionals who are always there to provide insight to new members who just got into the cleaning industry.  Therefore, it is important to make sure that the cleaning service you hire for your facilities or home belongs to a reputable organization such as the IJCSA, so you can have peace of mind from harmful illnesses.

    As stated previously, germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere. To keep our employees, clients, and families safe, a level of medical cleaning service is required to combat these diseases. This can be achieved when a commercial and residential cleaning service belongs to a reputable organizations such as the IJSCA because their members receive training and support of how to develop a cleaning service that can provide a superior level of medical cleaning for your health and safety.

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