Clinics and medical facilities are high traffic areas that are generally more exposed to disease-causing germs than most other businesses. Frequent professional cleaning and sanitation is essential in all medical environments to maintain the health of staff and patients, as well as showing a high level of professionalism. At Cleaning Edge Solutions, we understand how important it is for a medical facility to be cleaned thoroughly and consistently. Here is our guide to how often each part of a medical practice should be professionally cleaned.
The Waiting Room
Your waiting area is your first impression of your centre to your clients so you want to make sure that the area is clean and welcoming for patients. Floors should be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis through mopping and/or vacuuming. All hard surface area and high touch areas, like light switches and door handles must be sanitized regularly and extra attention should be paid to details such as glass and stainless steel. Regular, professional cleaning of a medical centre will ensure the comfort and wellbeing of patients and staff.
Bathrooms should be highly sanitized, as there are several high touch areas like taps, door handles, light switches that can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Bathrooms should be a top priority in daily cleaning. Special care should be taken when cleaning the sinks, toilets, and restocking hygienic items to reduce the spread of disease.
Exam rooms should be disinfected between patients, including changing any paper table liners and/or wiping the chair or table down. However, these rooms require a deeper cleaning on a daily basis ensuring all high touch surfaces such as exam tables, countertops, sinks, and fixtures are cleaned and disinfected. Doorknobs, light switches, and computer keyboards, should also be frequently cleaned, especially if the exam room is shared among doctors. The medical equipment in exam rooms can contain all sorts of germs due to the frequent contact with patients and these need regular cleaning and disinfecting so that contamination isn’t easily spread between patients. It’s important to note that only qualified medical centre cleaning staff are allowed to clean items in the examination rooms of a hospital.
While a staff room is not considered a high traffic area, it still should be cleaned regularly. This is space for employees so you should ensure they are also happy and healthy in the medical facility.
Regular daily cleaning should include rubbish removal and disinfection of hard surfaces like benches, tables and chairs. Flooring should also be a big focus of your regular cleaning needs.
Removal of rubbish and medical waste should be done daily, if not multiple times a day. Ensure the proper precautions are taken and be sure to remove waste to the proper holding facility as well. Rubbish bins should be disinfected once garbage has been removed, and then liners replaced. When removing rubbish, you should never push down into a garbage bag, as there might be sharps or other dangerous materials inside.
Why You Need to Hire Professionals to Clean Your Medical Centre
Commercial healthcare cleaning is best left to the professionals. There are a few important reasons for this, including:
- Medical centre cleaning differs from other types of cleaning. There are special techniques, tools, products and materials needed to do the job correctly, safely and efficiently.
- As a sanitized, hygienic medical environment is required by law, this requires cleaners with certification and special training. You need to hire someone who is experienced and specializes in medical centre cleaning.
- Cleanliness is something patients expect from all medical facilities; it is possible to lose patients because of a poorly cleaned environment.
Keeping patients and staff safe and healthy requires a well-considered cleaning schedule, implemented by experienced and professional cleaners with the correct cleaning equipment, solutions and PPE, and an effective auditing process to ensure standards are strictly adhered to.
For a no obligation quote for the specialty cleaning needs of your Melbourne medical centre, give the team at Cleaning Edge Solutions a call today on 1800 556 634.