What exactly is a deep cleaning?

A custodian mops the lobby floor and wipes down the elevator buttons to keep things looking shiny and tidy. It’s just a normal day for an in-house cleaning crew, always at the ready to wipe down the windows and account for any stray papers and coffee cups. But since the recent outbreak of COVID-19, businesses across the country are supplementing their typical day-to-day cleaning routine with deep-cleaning sanitization. These are the cleanup crews who wear respirators, goggles, gloves and, sometimes, full coverall suits, making sure the spaces we all share are clean and secure as we enter a new normal.

The deep-cleaning sanitization process helps to proactively stop the spread of viral pathogens and bacteria, giving customers and employees the peace of mind to spend time together in these shared spaces. Our deep-clean process all begins with an initial cleaning of all porous and non-porous surfaces. This first sweep uses our proprietary cleaning products, such as ServprOXIDE, to remove germs and dirt from high-touch surfaces like counters, desktops and door handles. Even soft surfaces like furniture and carpeting are cleaned and sanitized.

After everything has been thoroughly cleaned, next comes disinfection. This is when we focus on actively disinfecting viral and bacterial contaminants on objects and surfaces by using cleaning products like ServprOXIDE or Benefect Decon-30. The application of surface disinfectants is varied, and it can range from our products being applied with a saturated towel, or sprayed with an Ultra Low Volume fogger or ULV mister method. By combining these techniques, we’re able to disinfect all touch points and surrounding surfaces, from keyboards to light switches, and floors to furniture. When it comes to deep-clean sanitization, nothing is overlooked.

At SERVPRO®, we even make sure to clean and disinfect all of the equipment, tools and supplies we use before moving to another part of the building. This helps to ensure potential contaminants are not moved from one area to another inside your business.

As you can see, deep-clean sanitization is a much larger undertaking than the everyday cleaning you might be accustomed to seeing at businesses. While we certainly appreciate the work that custodians and in-house cleaning crews do, deep cleaning requires professional, skilled technicians who have been trained in the process, as well as the products and science behind it. Our products and training programs are unique to SERVPRO, and we are confident in the team and processes that we have built over the years. We know that COVID-19 is capable of surviving for hours, even days, on some surfaces. You can’t be too careful, and right now, clean should be our main concern as we find our way back into everyday living.

However, if you don’t see deep-clean sanitization teams in your favorite businesses, don’t be alarmed. These cleaning crews get to work during the periods of time when businesses are empty. Cleaning often occurs overnight and is done best after closing time. If you’re concerned about the cleaning guidelines of one of your local stores or restaurants, ask a manager about their commitment to clean. Remember: We’re all in this together, and we all have to make sure that we’re doing our part. And while deep-clean sanitization goes a long way in stopping the spread of germs, it’s still important to look out for each other. Be sure to continue washing your hands frequently, and follow guidelines from local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when visiting any businesses or public spaces.

There’s never been a better time to make sure your business receives all the benefits of deep-cleaning sanitization. With more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration, we’re here for you with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Our proactive viral pathogen cleaning program is dedicated to helping your community feel more secure as they begin to patronize your business in person again. Because when customers see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned sticker on your front door, they can walk in with confidence, knowing you’re committed to a higher standard of clean. Call 1-800-SERVPRO or find your local franchise to get started with a free consultation today.