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When hygiene matters most – protect your people


Kärcher explains how they are supporting companies as they make their way back to work.


It’s time to protect your people: with businesses opening doors to their workforce and customers alike, it can be considered a challenging and stressful situation. While most of the nation’s workforce has been compelled to work from home or pause working altogether, now it’s time for businesses to start to embark on the new normal.


Employees and customers need to feel that they are returning to a safe, hygienic and clean environment. In a time where hygiene matters most, Kärcher, renowned German manufacturer of professional cleaning products, is helping to support organisations as they prepare and create a safe and hygienic workplace. Kärcher has specially prepared online resources and virtual training sessions to provide valuable and helpful advice for all.


It has never been more important to ensure a clean and safe environment for both employees and customers. Experts in effective cleaning, Kärcher recognises that different working environments require different cleaning regimes and equipment, and its newly launched online cleaning resource reflects this. Available Here, it comprises a useful guide, cleaning tips and checklists for multiple workplace areas to help ensure businesses are doing everything they can to clean the workplace, area by area.


In response to the pandemic, many businesses will have purchased/considered purchasing new cleaning equipment, or increased the headcount in cleaning teams to optimise hygiene processes. Both routes require dedicated time and training to facilitate. Kärcher’s new virtual training resource provides valuable support from its dedicated team, answering this requirement from a safe distance through a series of online training videos, as well as live customer consultations for those requiring a more tailored solution.


Filmed at the Kärcher Academy, using Kärcher Professional machines, these training assets provide direct access to Kärcher’s cleaning experts.


Effective disinfection


There’s currently a lot of focus on disinfection within the cleaning industry, but it’s paramount to understand when disinfecting is required. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Robert Koch Institut (RKI) recommend disinfecting high touch areas only, e.g door handles, light switches, hand rails etc – for all other


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surfaces, cleaning is sufficient. Even when disinfecting is required the correct processes must be followed to ensure hygienic cleaning results are delivered using disinfection methods.


Cleaning with water and detergent is a necessary first step to remove impurities such as dust and dirt: only then can disinfection, the process that destroys and reduces the number of pathogenic micro-organisms, take place. It is required to thoroughly clean surfaces before disinfection otherwise it is deemed ineffective.


Cleaning teams must always use personal protective equipment (PPE) when carrying out cleaning tasks: disposable gloves and aprons as standard to provide personal protection.


Kärcher understands how high footfall areas are particularly vulnerable to build-up on everyday touchpoints such as work surfaces, door handles and light switches. These are critical areas for contamination and need to be hygienically clean. Kärcher recommends businesses and organisations undertake an initial thorough deep clean of their premises, and to ensure that they have stringent procedures in place to continuously maintain hygiene standards.


Cleaning with steam


In recent weeks, Kärcher has seen a surge in demand for Steam Cleaners, for use in areas such as public washroom facilities and kitchens where exceptional hygiene is crucial. For high-risk touchpoints a Professional Steam Cleaner is ideal for disinfecting without the need for cloths or detergents – steam-cleaning ensures areas are germ- free, leaving no room for doubt in areas where hygiene is a number one priority.


It’s areas such as communal kitchens, washrooms or reception areas that are subject to high footfall, leaving critical touchpoints susceptible to the transmission of germs and bacteria if they aren’t cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.


Maintaining high cleaning standards gives employees, visitors and customers


confidence and reassurance that they are in a safe and hygienic environment.


(https://www.kaercher.com/uk/professional/protect-your-people.html) https://www.kaercher.com/uk/professional/academy-live.html)


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