As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, keeping our tenants' and residents' health safe remains our top priority. The highly transmissible illness requires constant vigilance—as more people stay at home to socially distance, we can expect that our common areas will continue to be a concern both during and after the pandemic.
The virus is transmitted by airborne droplets caused by coughing or sneezing. When those droplets land on a surface and another person touches their eyes, nose or mouth, they can be infected. The droplets can also be inhaled.
Disinfecting your common areas
Health Canada has made several recommendations for best practices in preventing disease transmission, including wearing face masks and sanitizing frequently-touched items. Here is an overview of everything you should be disinfecting on a regular basis:
· Entrances: Doorknobs, handles and keypads get a lot of use from multiple people, making it very easy to spread the virus. Thoroughly disinfect these areas several times per day. If you have automatic doors or touchless access options, try to use those whenever possible.
· Front desk areas: Desks, mailboxes and phones all see a lot of use throughout the day. We suggest keeping tissues and hand sanitizer in the lobbies, and requiring staff to wear face masks when interacting with each other or with residents. You might even consider keeping disposable masks handy for residents to take, should they not have a mask of their own.
· Staff facilities: Anywhere your staff interacts should also be sterilized, including lunch rooms (don't forget microwave keypads and buttons, cabinets and fridge door handles), time clocks, phones and keyboards.
· Elevators and stairwells: These high traffic areas need to be sanitized frequently, including all buttons, railings and other places where people come into contact. Since elevators are by nature small, enclosed areas, be sure to wipe down the walls as well for maximum safety. Consider limiting the number of people in the elevator at each time.
· Laundry rooms: Shared laundry areas should be wiped down frequently, including inside the machines at least once per day. Folding tables, detergent dispensers and door handles should be part of your disinfecting routine. Use signs to demarcate six-foot increments so people know how to distance themselves appropriately, even when multiple people are using the room.
· Mail rooms: Finally, mail rooms are hotbeds for virus transmission. Consider only allowing a certain number of people in at a time (however many can fit while maintaining appropriate social distance), and wipe down the outsides of mailboxes, locks and letter depositories several times per day.
Imperial Properties' preventative disinfection service
To make disinfection easy in our residential areas, Imperial Properties is now offering a preventative disinfection service. Our cleaning professionals will thoroughly disinfect all high-traffic areas, such as entrances, keypads, door handles, tables and other places tenants and employees frequently touch. Each technician wears the appropriate personal protective equipment and uses professional disinfectants for best results.
However you choose to disinfect your common areas, we encourage you to adhere to Health Canada's guidelines and take all necessary precautions.
For more information about how Imperial Properties is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, or to schedule disinfection service for your property, reach out to us today.