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COVID-19 Sanitation Services

Protecting employees and visitors in your commercial or industrial space is always top-of-mind. SFS is uniquely equipped to clean, sanitize, and disinfect your flooring surfaces, so that you can remain proactive about safety year-round.

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Addressing COVID-19 & your floors

The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate headlines and infect thousands of new people per day around the world. Here in the U.S., States are closing all non-essential facilities such as offices, schools, restaurants and hotels in order to assist in social distancing.  Property owners as well as local and state governments are ramping up cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in an effort to curb the spread of the infection.

During this time, Scher Flooring Services (SFS) recommends that facilities not overlook the importance of proper floor maintenance. Being mindful of the differences between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting will help facility managers and property owners best protect occupants and visitors, as well as their flooring investments.

 

Cleaning & Sanitizing vs Disinfecting

While there is not yet published research available on how long COVID-19 lives on surfaces, the World Health Organization notes that “coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.” Thus, it’s critical that property decision makers pay attention to their textiles as well as their hard surfaces.  In addition, facilities managers and property owners want to be able to assure those who enter their properties that everything that could be done, has been done to ensure their safety.

 

Cleaning Carpet

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), carpet installation is often recommended for facilities like schools and healthcare facilities, as carpet “acts as a reservoir for dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, pesticides and other materials.” While carpet helps to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), it is important to thoroughly clean carpet on a regular basis to remove the build-up of soil and other potentially harmful particles that settle deep into carpet fibers.

To properly clean carpet, Scher Flooring Services incorporates Whittaker’s low-moisture encapsulation cleaning, which relies on less water and allows carpet to dry faster. This system utilizes a two- or three-brush machine that lifts the carpet pile and agitates the chemistry into the carpet fibers to achieve a top-to-bottom clean.

 

How to Sanitize Carpet

Hydrogen peroxide and Anti-microbials can assist in sanitizing carpet.  For sanitizing carpet, SFS first uses Whittaker’s Crystal® Quick Restore™ chemistry, which has 1.75% hydrogen peroxide. Our crews often double up on the solution. This will increase the percentage of hydrogen peroxide to 3.5%.  SFS then applies MediClean Disinfectant Spray which offers protection against dangerous and destructive microorganisms.  This heavy-duty cleaner is a disinfectant and deodorizer. EPA registered as a fungicide, virucide, disinfectant, sanitizer, and mildewstat, MediClean has demonstrated effectiveness on non-porous surfaces against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 (as the surrogate for COVID-19).

 

Disinfecting Carpet

It’s important to note that while hard, non-porous surfaces like Ceramic tile and VCT can be disinfected, according to the EPAno product can claim to disinfect soft, porous, surfaces such as carpet.

 

Cleaning Hard Surfaces

In today’s market, hard surface coverings can be separated into two categories.  Those that require a finish, and those that don’t.  The similarity in most hard surfaces is their non-porous nature.  This is an important aspect of this flooring segment when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting.

Whether the hard surface will receive an acrylic finish or not, Scher Flooring Services’ program initially utilizes a high pH (alkaline), low odor solution followed by machine scrubbing of the floor with 175 rpm buffers and scrubbing pads to break up the polish film and soil build up.  This is followed by wet vacuuming and clean mopping the areas.  Scher then adds high solids acrylic finish when necessary.

 

Disinfecting Hard Surfaces

By their very nature, most hard surfaces are non-porous.  This distinction, according to the EPA, means that they have the ability to be disinfected.  To achieve this, SFS applies MediClean Disinfectant Spray which offers protection against dangerous and destructive microorganisms.  This heavy-duty cleaner is a disinfectant and deodorizer. EPA registered as a fungicide, virucide, disinfectant, sanitizer, and mildewstat, MediClean has demonstrated effectiveness on non-porous surfaces against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 (as the surrogate for COVID-19).

 

A Continued Focus on Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that coronavirus may continue to spread into 2021. With more infections and deaths being recorded each day, facilities need to have strategies in place to reduce its spread. Reviewing the differences between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting carpet and hard surfaces will allow facility managers to understand potential limitations of these processes, and select the best solutions for protecting employees, patients, students, guests and building occupants.

Then, adhering to ongoing maintenance and restoration cleaning schedules, using the right tools, machines and chemicals will ensure that facilities are addressing all soft and hard surfaces that may carry pathogens. Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing your floors during periods of increased illness can help curb the impact of outbreaks like coronavirus. Maintaining cleanliness even after the threat of an outbreak diminishes, is just as important to prevent future outbreaks from becoming widespread.

We at SFS recognize that you are facing increased pressure to clean during this stressful time. Please feel free to contact us directly at 301-444-4512 for assistance and advice.  We value the relationship that we have created with you over the years and we wish to extend our expertise to you during these trying times.

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Scher Flooring Services is a locally and family owned and operated commercial floor cleaning, maintenance and restoration company in business for over 25 years. We are a father and son team who are passionate about our customers and the services we provide.

Industries We Serve

Our current clientele ranges from major universities, property management companies and health care facilities to local churches, fitness centers and retailers.

Property Management
Property Management

Professional, cost-effective residential community floor cleaning and maintenance.

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Universities & Schools
Universities & Schools

We maintain the variety of floor surfaces found throughout educational facilities.

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Retail Facilities
Retail Facilities

We excel at the many logistical challenges associated with retail floor maintenance.

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Hotels & Hospitality
Hotels & Hospitality

Hospitality and entertainment venues have unique floor cleaning & restoration needs.

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Healthcare & Hospitals
Healthcare & Hospitals

Professional floor and carpet cleaners that factors in human & health safety concerns.

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Government
Government

Government buildings can be notoriously high traffic. We keep the floors sparkling.

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Restaurants & Bars
Restaurants & Bars

Restaurants are prone to high traffic, spills, stains and much more. We care for it all.

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Fitness Centers
Fitness Centers

Fitness center floors are important to keep not only visually clean, but sanitized as well.

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What We Do

Our Commercial Carpet & Floor Cleaning, Restoration and Maintenance Plans designed to fit your business’s unique needs.

Our Commercial Carpet Cleaning, Restoration and Maintenance Services keep your carpets looking brand new.

We clean, finish, restore and protect ceramic, porcelain and quarry tile floors. Removing build up from grout and restoring shine.

We are certified commercial vinyl composition tile and luxury vinyl tile floor cleaners and restoration specialists.

“Natural oil finished” wood flooring is the fastest growing segment of the Engineered Wood Flooring market.

Commercial Rubber flooring is common, resilient and durable But despite its robust nature, it still requires routine maintenance.

Looking to rejuvenate your basketball courts, lobbies or any other high foot traffic areas? We have a program that will meet your needs.

We offer high quality cleaning solutions for every flooring surface in the home and custom maintenance plans for your homes specific needs.

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Scher Flooring Services is a locally and family owned and operated commercial floor cleaning, maintenance and restoration company in business for over 25 years.

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