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Stay Clean Long Island’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

The impact of COVID-19 is in full affect here on Long Island. New York City and Long Island are unfortunately among the highest areas of infection in the country with the number of cases rising each. This post is not meant to be a resource for current information on the spread of the virus, but will lay out in detail our full fledged response to this outbreak and will be updated as things continue to unfold.

As more details emerge many of our clients are wondering what we are doing to keep you and your home, business or place of worship safe. And rightfully so. When an infectious disease or virus spreads rapidly, it demands our attention due to the potential impact it could have on our personal health, and the health of our family and co-workers bringing to the forefront the important role cleanliness plays in our everyday lives.

Most Important & Current Information to Know

  •  We are diligently monitoring the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) newsroom for updates that might affect the way we serve you.

  •  No one on our team has the virus, and we trust that your family or co-workers are free from it as well. In the event that should change, you would be notified immediately and we would expect you, our client, to do the same.

  •  We will be continuing to provide you the same excellent service that you are used to from us, with a few slight adjustments to our cleaning procedures and protocols.

How are we prepared to help?

Since day one, we’ve embraced science based cleaning protocols, vigorous employee training and a commitment to continued education. Because of this we are uniquely positioned to provide you the highest quality indoor cleaning service that protects your health first, and improves appearance second.

(For more details on how our cleaning practices and equipment protects your health, read our in depth blog post on this topic from 2018 @ www.staycleanli.com/blog titled “Protecting your health, the true role of your cleaning company.”)

What qualifications allow us to be prepared?

A dynamic 10 years of cleaning AND restoration services experience, countless hours of education in classrooms across the country (earning us 6 IICRC certifications [IICRC.org]), and active membership in 2 industry trade associations (ISSA.org & ARCSI.org).

All of this training and education has resulted in our adaptation and development of a systematic method of cleaning that strictly adheres to hygienic, health conscious cleaning protocols.

What is hygienic, health first cleaning?

This type of cleaning utilizes a systematic method of cleaning that includes specific protocols such as:

Exclusive use of high quality microfiber cleaning cloths

Microfiber cloths have a net-like structure that enables in to grab and hold onto up to 97% of dirt, bacteria and other soils

(An excellent, detailed list of benefits be found at: https://wspehsu.ucsf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FactSheet_Microfiber.pdf )

Color coded microfiber cloth and cleaning sponges to prevent cross contamination

BLUE for general cleaning and RED for bathrooms in order to prevent the spread of germs from one area of your home or business to another.

High touch point cleaning

Whether you’re a residential or commercial client, you can rest assured that with EVERY cleaning service we have always and will continue to thoroughly clean the ‘high touch points.’ This includes but is not limited to door handles, lights switches, tables/countertops, fixtures, phone and keyboards.

Proper PPE (personal protection equipment)

Our standard has always been to wear gloves when cleaning high risk areas such as bathrooms.

Will you be doing anything different to address the current threat?

Yes! In order to be proactive we have further strengthened our cleaning protocols:

  • Cross contamination risk avoidance:

Residential: each home will have its own unique, labeled set of cleaning sponges to be disposed of after it is no longer effective

*NOTE: For the time being, we are happy to use your own cleaning supplies and equipment if you prefer.

Commercial: cleaning sponges will be disposed of after every cleaning service

  • Improved vacuum maintenance:

Vacuum filters will be disinfected after EVERY cleaning job & before it is taken into a different home or business

* NOTE: most commercial clients already have their own vacuums and residential clients have the additional option of requiring we use their own personal vacuums

  • Strict PPE (personal protection equipment) protocols:

Employees will now be required to apply hand sanitizer prior to beginning cleaning service and wear nitrile gloves and shoe covers at all times for the duration of the cleaning service (in addition to our standard protocol of disposing after cleaning high risk areas such as bathrooms)

*NOTE: Customers can request wearing of N95 face masks during cleaning as well.

  • Exclusive use of disinfectant on all non porous surfaces:

For the foreseeable future, we will be using a peroxide OR botanical based disinfectant (your preference) in place of our usual all purpose cleaning solution.

Are there any steps I can take on my own?

By now you’ve likely heard many times over the usual steps of thorough hand washing (20 seconds!) and keeping your distance whenever possible but here are some additional tips from the professionals:

  • Strongly consider upgrading your cleaning products to include the use of high quality microfiber cloths (300 gsm or better!)
  • Make sure the hand sanitizer you purchase contains 70% ethyl alcohol (or just make your own! Feel free to ask us how.)

  • Use this as an opportunity to strengthen our amazing immune system by focusing on just one area of personal health (sleep, nutrition, exercise, etc.) to improve.

Final thoughts:

  • We are taking precautions at EVERY cleaning appointment in order to prevent you from getting sick and to prevent our employees getting sick.

  • Stay Happy, Stay Healthy’ – it’s not just our motto, but the 2 guiding principles on which this company was built! A solid foundation of education, experience and professionalism keeps us ‘ahead of the curve’ and fully able to serve your needs in times like this.

  • Now is a GREAT TIME to have a professionally trained cleaning company like ours methodically sanitize and apply disinfectant in your home, business and/or place of worship, meticulously cleaning it from TOP TO BOTTOM!
  • If you or anyone you know are in need of cleaning supplies please let us know! We are providing our clients ready-to-use disinfectant products at no charge (limit one bottle per household/business) AND have access to brand new, unopened bottles of disinfectant (gallon sized) and cleaning supplies such as microfiber cloths and mop pads.

 

If it has been awhile since your last appointment, please allow us the opportunity to give you the peace of mind that comes with having a professional cleaning peformed that sanitizes / disinfects your indoor living or working space. We have the manpower, equipment and experience to provide the full spectrum of interior cleaning services.

  • House Cleaning – One time, Recurring, Post Construction/Renovation, Move In/Move Out
  • Commercial Cleaning – Office, House of Worship
  • Carpet & Area Rug Cleaning
  • Tile & Grout Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning

Message From the Owner – COVID-19 & ‘Disinfection’ Cleaning

Over the coming weeks, you’re going to see a growing number of businesses “pivoting” in response to the seismic shifts taking place in our economy. Many in the cleaning industry will inevitably pivot to offer disinfection related cleaning services. My advice is to be wary of a company in any industry making claims or guarantees they simply cannot prove.

One of my more grandiose goals when starting this company was that our dedication to training and continued education would eventually raise the collective standards of the overall cleaning industry as a whole. This is the vision I’ve had since starting and it seems its rapidly coming to light. I had always hoped it would happen, I just NEVER thought it would happen OVERNIGHT!

Cleaning companies and society as a whole are now realizing the importance of hygienic, health first cleaning practices, and that is a truly great thing for the overall well being of humanity. But some of those out there are not being honest in there claims of “disinfection.”

If you do hire a company to perform this service, there MUST be clear and concise benchmarks that must be met, similar to that of a ‘Mold Remediation Plan.’ It is also likely there will be the need for hygienist to independently confirm these results.

I’m reminded of my time as a crew chief for a busy restoration company following Hurricane Sandy. At that time there was a massive influx of contractors, most of which likely had the best of intentions, attempting to “pivot” to restoration & mold remediation services. Many over promised and under delivered on services they simply lacked the skills and knowledge to perform effectively.

As a result, countless homeowners were devastated and a license for mold remediation New York State soon became a requirement.

I share this memory not to scare you but to encourage you to do your research before hiring a contractor in ANY industry over the next few weeks and months. There’s a chance they may not have been doing it all that long. And those, like us, that have made a education a priority will be doing their best to make it known. You just have to sift through the noise.

Stay Happy, Stay Healthy!

– Craig M.

Long Island’s most qualified ‘Post Construction/Renovation Cleaning’ company

“My home construction project is complete and now everything is covered in hard to remove dust.”

This is a common phone call we receive here at Stay Clean Long Island. Maybe you just completed a large renovation project or you

are moving into a newly constructed home. Either way it is all but guaranteed you now have a TON of construction related dust to deal with. This situation requires expertise and experience to fully remove.

You are dealing with what we refer to as ‘microdust,’ due to the fact it is unlike normal dust build up. This is not something your average cleaning company is equipped to handle. It has taken many years for us here at Stay Clean L.I. to develop a systematic method of cleaning that guarantees maximum removal of construction dust.

 

 

Our Cleaning Process

The successfully completion of well over 100 post construction cleanings has allowed us to develop a 3 step cleaning process. During this process EVERY square foot of your home will be attended to by hand. The general steps in the process are as follows:

  1. Vacuum all surfaces with true HEPA filtration rated vacuums
  2. Dry cleaning with specially treated cloths made for picking up and holding onto ultra fine dust
  3. Commence a top to bottom deep cleaning, this time using damp cloths

These steps don’t account for all the detailed tasks we complete, but provide an outline to the the general flow that takes place on every post construction or post renovation cleaning.

 

Homeowners, home builders/developers, real estate professionals

We perform this service for a variety of clients across Suffolk and Nassau Counties. We take great pride in being the go to cleaning company for a some of the Hamptons (from Westhampton to Montauk) most well known custom home builders. That being said, we are equally happy assisting homeowners directly with getting their newly built or renovated home dust free and move in ready.

 

“What is my next step?”

If you find yourself looking for a trustworthy, experienced company to assist you with construction dust removal, the first step is to give us a call at 631.744.7788. At that time we discuss the details of exactly what you will need done, then we will schedule an in person walk through of your property to access the level of dust.

Post construction cleanings must only take place once all construction is complete. Our part of process can finished in one day, with an additional follow up ‘fluff clean’ appointment that typically takes place 24 hours after the initial cleaning.

And that’s it! Take comfort in knowing you’ve hired a fully insured professional company that will turn your newly built or renovated house into a shining, sparkling dust free home!

Protecting Your Health: The True Role of Your Cleaning Company

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When hiring a cleaning company, you want to be sure they are experts at not only making your home appear clean, but that their technicians are experts at cleaning in a health conscious manner. At Stay Clean Long Island, our guiding principle is to protect your health.

We are spending more time than ever before indoors and it is of the utmost important your indoor living or working environment is cleaned with your health in mind.

BREAKING THE “CHAIN OF INFECTION”

Cleaning professionals play a key role in maintaining the health of those who inhabit a home or business they are cleaning. Effective removal or reduction of contaminants reduces human exposure to disease and the risk of infection.

Our main goal at Stay Clean Long Island is to break the chain of infection by disrupting key elements in the methods of how diseases spread. We know that your home or business can serve as the primary line of defense against infectious diseases if cleaning services are performed in a thorough health conscious, hygienic manner.

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Image courtesy of apic.org

WHAT IS HEALTH FIRST CLEANING?

The relationship between clean environments and human health cannot be understated. Science has proven that clean environments have the ability to make people feel better (or worse), thereby improving their quality of life. To this end, the days of using cotton rags, paper towels, and store bought cleaning products are over. Our commitment to continued education keeps us ahead of the cleaning technology curve in order to provide you with the most advanced and thorough cleaning possible.

We minimize or eliminate the presence of indoor contaminants in 3 ways:

1. Hygienic Cleaning Practices
Hygienic Cleaning can be defined as cleaning for health first and appearance second. The #1 priority of all cleaning is to remove or reduce the level of harmful contaminants. This can also be defined as “sanitization” or if the cleaning is taken one step further, “disinfection”. It is imperative your cleaning company knows the difference between these terms and what type of cleaning you are trying to achieve. Among other things, unnecessary disinfection needlessly increases the number of harmful VOC’s present in the air.

2. Use of High Quality Cleaning Agents
Stay Clean Long Island uses only the highest quality cleaning products. Mostly these are not products you will find on the shelf at Walmart and Target. We believe if you are paying for professional cleaning then your cleaning company should be using professional grade cleaning agents. For tasks such as glass cleaning, we use only green seal certified products. Our goal is to clean without introducing new chemicals to the environments we are cleaning.

greenseal                                   SaferChoice

3. Superior Cleaning Equipment
If your cleaning company is not using high-efficiency filtration vacuums or high quality microfiber cloths, they are not effectively cleaning your home or business. Non-CRI (http://www.carpet-rug.org/seal-of-approval-program.html) approved vacuums lower air quality levels and cotton cloths have been shown to spread dirt and bacteria around causing cross contamination on all “cleaned” surfaces. Adhering to the strict use of only the best microfiber cloths is the single most effective way of removing soil and bacteria. The high-efficiency HEPA filtration vacuums we use not only remove more dirt and soil from floors, carpets, and couches, they simultaneously improve the quality of the indoor air by filtering 99.97% of dirt, dust, and pet dander out of the air.

CONCLUSION

If your cleaning company is not following these basic principles of cleaning, you are likely not receiving the quality, health conscious cleaning you deserve. Hiring a cleaning company can be an arduous task and there are many factors to consider. In addition to making your home or business look good, remember that it is your cleaning company’s responsibility to follow health first cleaning practices. Technology within the cleaning industry has made enormous strides over the last decade and before deciding who to hire, make sure your cleaning company is abreast of these changes.

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