The importance of virus sanitisation

ICE Cleaning Founder, Zac Hemming, explores the supplementary virus and bacteria sanitisation programmes business owners should be incorporating into their cleaning routines.

As ‘Freedom Day’ officially ended the Prime Minister’s work from home guidance, the government is encouraging workforces, particularly those whose offices are located in city centres, to return to the work environment as soon as possible in a safe and secure way, to support the country’s economic recovery.

However, more than half of British workers would be happy to never return to the office due to fears of germs, a lack of social distancing, and being in a room with lots of other people. A study of 1000 employees who are currently working from home, carried out via OnePoll on behalf of ICE Cleaning, found two thirds would also feel uncomfortable about going back into their workplace full time, with worries such as a lack of personal space and not enough communal cleaning.

To ensure professionals fulfil their Duty of Care to employees, in line with government guidance, they must implement additional considerations. These include dedicated sanitisation stations, temperature scanners, reviews of air quality and ventilation systems, in addition to the directional flow of traffic throughout the building and how this can be successfully managed to accommodate appropriate social distancing.

However, commercial cleaning is the most important consideration that business owners should be addressing to ensure their premises are consistently safe. By undertaking a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to mitigating against the spread of viruses and bacteria, professionals can successfully achieve this.

This includes additional treatments, such as monthly decontamination and sanitisation plans, which were requested by over half of those surveyed, in addition to daily cleaning regimes for communal areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and lifts.

The rapid advancement in cleaning technologies is supporting business owners in successfully fulfilling these aims. The latest chemicals and dispensing systems are setting the standard for a new generation of commercial cleaning that’s light-years apart from the cleaning regimes previously delivered and expected.


Whilst some may utilise a traditional fogging machine to apply the relevant chemicals to help mitigate against the spread of bacteria and viruses on surfaces and key touchpoints, the latest progressions in electrostatic technology have created a dispensing system, that, when combined with best-in-class chemicals, achieves a longer dwell time on surfaces.

This enables the chemicals to effectively ‘wrap’ around surfaces to guarantee protection against viruses for up to 28 days, eliminating the opportunity for the cleaning chemicals to drip off high frequency touchpoints, such as door handles, which may potentially occur with other methods of application.

The electrostatic technology features positively charged electrostatic particles, which attach themselves to negatively charged particles found on solid surfaces, whilst simultaneously counteracting any negatively charged particles within the atmosphere. This effectively destroys 99.9% of traces of coronavirus and other bacteria and viruses on surfaces within a working environment.

By applying these sanitisation plans on a monthly basis, in addition to established daily and weekly cleaning routines, business owners can demonstrate to their employees the measures that are being taken to ensure their safety and wellbeing whilst they are in the office.

ICE Cleaning’s ICE SHIELD service utilises electrostatic technology to effectively destroy 99.9% of traces of coronavirus as well as other bacteria and viruses. By incorporating ICE SHIELD into its commercial cleaning routines, with a 28-day decontamination certificate supplied after each procedure to demonstrate due diligence, building owners can ensure their commercial spaces are protected and communicate this to their employees.

As businesses continue to navigate their way through the ‘new normal’ and encourage their employees to return to the workplace, facilities managers have a responsibility to ensure their cleaning routines go above and beyond to deliver the highest standards in hygiene, cleanliness and confidence.

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