As we watch the news of the Ebola scare and other contagions we need to step up to the plate and assume our responsibility in helping to defend against these microscopic invaders.  The time to practice effective cleaning/sanitization is now.  Regardless of whether there is contagion in your neighborhood it incumbent that we make sure that we do the best we can to reduce/minimize the risk to the public regardless of the facilities we clean.


Think touch points first and use the correct disinfectant preferably for the recommended dwell time to stop germs in their tracks.  Touch points can include door handles, toilet fixtures, light switches, water fountains, microwave ovens, refrigerator doors and a host of other points that a person with a contagion could have touched.  Now think outside the box, how often do you sanitize the equipment you use including vacuum cleaner handles, tools, carts, etc?  Do you realize that you and your staff could be part of the transmission process if you do not use PPE’s (gloves) and practice safe cleaning?  Are you aware of those around you and their health?  


Then there are airborne pathogens that float on dust particles after someone sneezes or coughs.  How we dust (using a feather duster that spreads dust or a treated microfiber cloth that picks up dust) is very important in prevention.  What other ways can pathogens be transmitted at your site?


In the days ahead we are all going to have to become more aware of the potential risks of being exposed to pathogenic organisms that seem to be increasing day by day.  Please do your part by training yourself and your staff in the most effective way of cleaning for a truly healthy environment.


Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or