Sessions at this year’s ISSA cleaning trade show had a common theme: the importance of cleaning for health rather than cleaning for appearance.
Before the coronavirus pandemic changed the world, the act of cleaning was usually done behind the scenes or after hours and often focused on cleaning for appearance by emptying waste bins, making sure surfaces and floors were free from debris, and ensuring restroom mirrors and counters were clean and shiny. However, in 2020, cleaning to kill germs and maintain the health and safety of building users has been the focus, with surface disinfection and hand hygiene being paramount. The cleaning task is now being carried out with much more frequency, and as building users see cleaning and disinfecting happening, they are assured of a commitment to cleaning for health. In fact, cleaning professionals are very much front-line workers, helping to combat the spread of coronavirus, and are to be commended for doing more work, often with fewer resources. Continue reading