Clearly defining the different words that are connected to the world of cleaning is important, and over the past weeks this has been a particularly hot topic. Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) it is necessary to pay careful attention to hygiene, in order to prevent the virus from spreading. Why have supermarket shelves which normally contain cleaning products and disinfectants been cleared? Why are there doubts about the effectiveness of street cleaning?
Understanding the difference between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing can help us to behave appropriately during the Coronavirus crisis and ultimately keep ourselves and those around us safe. It also provides the possibility to explore how Eureka floor cleaning machines can assist during the Coronavirus crisis and continue to be an effective tool in the future to maintain a healthy environment.
CLEANING – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? HOW DO YOU SANITIZE FLOORS?
Cleaning is the most widely used word, that today we use to identify all the activities with the objective of ‘freeing up space’.
The word ‘clean’ has a relatively wide meaning however is generally associated to the idea of removing dirt.
Carrying out cleaning operations can be associated with two macro-objectives: the first is related to aesthetics and practicality, the second is question of health.
For example, in the workplace, if the environment is free from rubbish, dust, or discarded materials from production processes, it is without a doubt more pleasant, livable and healthy for employees. This type of environment is also less likely to experience accidents and facilitates more efficient operation.
This type of cleaning can typically be carried out by removing debris from the floor with friction and suction, therefore the best machine for this job is a professional sweeper.
If instead we take a look at hygiene in a bar or restaurant, providing a clean environment is essential. In this context, this means preventing the diffusion of potentially dangerous pathogens (infectious microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria). This type of cleaning can be carried out with numerous tools, according to the specific characteristics of the environment being treated and the principal intended use.
However, it is important to remember that not all microorganisms are dangerous to the human body, therefore the objective of their complete removal is not only extremely difficult to achieve but is not always beneficial.
There are also situations and contexts in which follow cleaning regulations is mandatory, for example in the food and drink sector it is compulsory to follow HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). Each case needs to be individually assessed to identify the best practices to achieve the objectives for that specific operating context.
No matter the environment a scrubber dryer is a great ally for floor cleaning. This equipment delivers fast but accurate cleaning thanks to both efficient mechanical action which creates friction between the brushes and a chemical reaction between the surface and the detergent being used. A scrubber dryer also provides a solution for removing the dirt from the floor, thanks to high flow rate and a powerful vacuum system which leaves the surface clean and dry.