Everything You Need To Know About COVID-19 Deep Cleaning

At APM Cleaning and Repair, we offer commercial and domestic cleaning services to customers right across the north of the country. Cleaning office blocks, Extra Care facilities for local authorities, social housing communal areas, lobbies and stairways is what we do day in, day out, but in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve seen an increase in queries and concerns from our customers about how to keep themselves and staff safe.

 

 

APM Cleaning and Repair’s Guide to COVID-19 Deep Cleaning

  1. Use virucidal disinfectants

Cleaning an area with normal household disinfectant after someone with suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. All dirt must be removed from all surfaces before using virucidal products.

 

  1. Wear PPE – and dispose of it properly

Our team will always wear disposable gloves, masks and aprons for cleaning. To conserve PPE in accordance with Government guidelines, aprons and masks are used when cleaning bathrooms.

 

  1. Pay attention to high touch points (HTP)

Our knowledgeable team pay particular attention to frequently touched areas and surfaces, such as the under-sides of handrails, chair arms, light switches and door handles.

 

  1. Wash your hands according to government guidelines

In-keeping with Government guidelines, we’re washing our hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and using hand-sanitiser between jobs. Our staff are trained to thoroughly clean their hands using UV hand cream and a UV torch which shows up any areas they have missed when washing.

 

  1. Thoroughly clean bathrooms

Covid-19 is found in body fluids (not sweat). Bathrooms are a particularly risky area and must be thoroughly cleaned before disinfecting.

The infection risk from cCOVID-19 on surfaces decreases over time. Government guidance shares studies of other viruses in the same family, which suggest that the risk is likely to be reduced significantly after 72 hours.

 

Book your deep clean with APM Cleaning and Repair

APM’s cleaners are classed as key workers in this crisis as we clean for Local Authorities in Extra Care facilities and Social Housing Providers developments, which makes us perfectly positioned to come in and give Care homes and offices in the north a deep clean to ensure hygiene levels are acceptable.

Following soil removal, APM can spray virucidal product using our state of the art VP300 Electrostatic Backpack sprayer. This equipment ensures the virucidal product ‘wraps around’ surfaces to cover them entirely and ensures the product contact time is achieved.

APM can verify the cleans’ effectiveness using our Hygiena Ensure ATP testing kit.

If your key workers are working and observing social distancing right now, you can Book APM Cleaning and Repair to come into your commercial premises to carry out a deep clean for added peace of mind. Or, contact us today to organise your deep clean for your business so your staff are able return to work.

All our work is guaranteed, just call us on 0191 273 4600 and a member of our team will be happy to help you

 

APM Cleaning and Repair supports local community during Coronavirus crisis

The world as we know it has been thrown into disarray with schools closed, people working from home and everyone adjusting to a different life as the coronavirus pandemic continues its grip across the country.

We know that late payments are a massive factor for businesses across the country and that can have a knock effect on business operations. We’re currently operating 30% down on staffing levels due to self-isolation but those staff members who can work are doing more work, sometimes working 12-hour shifts to get through the workload.

How we’re helping each other during the pandemic

If, like us, you’ve been inspired by some of the fantastic feel good stories in the media recently – like the 99-year-old war veteran who walked 100 laps of his garden to raise more than £25m for the NHS – or the hundreds of thousands of people who have volunteered to help the NHS, we’re doing our bit too to serve the local community.

Now, more than ever, at APM Cleaning and Repair we’re pulling together as a team to provide support for our clients and the community. Where possible, we’re offering a lifeline for our vulnerable clients who are either in 12-week isolation or self-isolating due to a family member feeling unwell.

Fears of redundancy have been high amongst workers across the region, and beyond. We’re proud to say none of our staff has been made redundant during the COVID-19 crisis. Older team members or those with existing health conditions have been furloughed and we very much look forward to welcoming them back when it’s safe to do so.

 

Delivering Easter eggs to Staff unable to work due to school closures

We delivered Easter eggs to staff and their family unable to work due to school closures.

Home deliveries and prescription drop offs

In addition to this, we’ve been reaching out to our valued customers whose homes we clean on a regular basis to see if we can help pick up their groceries or medicines. Our staff are already at work across the North East, from Whitley Bay and Wallsend to North Shields right up to Northumberland from morning until evening observing social distancing practices, so it made perfect sense for us to help our valued customers where we can during this difficult time, completely free of charge.

We still have clients from our infancy in 2005 and our staff members have formed a great working relationship with these clients over the years.

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the region, we want to thank our staff for their incredible hard work and commitment. Over the past few weeks their job has been very tough emotionally due to the passing of some of our long-term clients in Extra Care facilities as a result of the virus. We’re doing all we can to support each other during these difficult times.

APM Cleaning and repair customer service fantastic quality North of England

We did a weekly shop for one of our clients this week
She was feeling a bit down in isolation as her family live far away so we bought her some flowers to lift her spirits.

Keeping staff safe and well during Coronavirus crisis

There’s been a lot in the news recently about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for key workers on the frontline of the Coronavirus outbreak here in the UK. Reports that hospitals have begun laundering single-use gowns to preserve stocks are understandably distressing and we’re keeping a close eye on the situation.

In a statement to the media, Dr Susan Hopkins of Public Health England, said: “PPE is a precious resource and it is crucial that everyone in health and social care has access to the right protective equipment.”

At APM Cleaning and Repair, keeping our staff safe and well during the COVID-19 crisis is our number one priority. Cleaners are classed as key workers during this time and play an essential role in keeping people across the North of England safe.

 

Here’s what we’re doing to keep APM Cleaning and Repair staff safe:

 

  1. We’re proud to announce that we have invested in an ATP testing kit. This means we are cleaning non-clinical surroundings to the equivalent of 50-100 RLUs (relative light units), which is the standard for NHS public spaces.

 

In addition, we tested all of our products with our ATP testing kits and found that chlorine gave the best disinfectant results, so as a business we moved to using chlorine tabs straight away following soil removal. To ensure a spotless finish that meets our high standards, we then clean glass reflective surfaces a second time to ensure a non-streaky finish.

  1. Training

Whether our staff have been with us for several years or they’ve just joined us, we’re providing mandatory training on infection control, COSH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations), manual handling and safeguarding. This is taking place remotely, where possible, via our online training portals.

 

  1. Daily updates

We’re also keeping our staff up to date on the latest Government briefings via our daily staff briefing “toolbox talks”.

 

  1. Suitable PPE

Following Government guidelines, the minimum amount of Personal Protective Equipment to be worn for cleaning an area where a person with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) is disposable gloves, sessional use mask and an apron.

 

  1. Upgraded face masks

Our go-to FSP2 reusable masks have been unavailable due to demand so we’ve gone a level up and invested in FSP3 moulded face masks at a cost of £70 per mask to keep our staff safe and also issued all with goggles.

 

  1. Preparedness

As part of our business continuity plan, we’re in constant communication with our three approved suppliers and keep three weeks’ worth of stock at all times to keep up with demand without resorting to stockpiling vital equipment.

  1. Support guides

Advice published on www.gov.uk on 12th April 2020 in line with the current COVID-19 pandemic outlines that re-usable PPE can be used. In order to use this equipment effectively APM Cleaning and Repair staff has been trained in safely putting on and taking off PPE. Videos are available for training so learners can learn at their own pace, while safe at home.

8. Risk assessments

Before every job, our team undertake a risk assessment to see whether a higher level of virus may be present (for example, where unwell individuals have slept in an Extra Care flat.)

 

  1. Regular breaks

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, we encouraged staff to take regular breaks and rest periods and this remains unchanged during the current situation.

 

  1. Close communication

The mental and physical wellbeing of our team is paramount. We’re in close communication with all members of staff and those who are not self-isolating and happy and healthy are continuing to come to work, following social distancing measures in order to stay safe and provide our key service across the north. APM has multiple Whatsapp groups where staff are asked to check in daily to let their Supervisors know they are okay and to enable them to support.

 

Can we help you today?

APM Cleaning and Repair can come into your office, Care home or home of a relative to clean. All work is guaranteed across the North East region. Call us on 0191 273 4600 to speak to a member of our team to enquire about availability.

Been made redundant during Coronavirus? APM Cleaning and Repair are hiring

As the news of the COVID-19 broke and the world woke up to a very different way of working and living with social distancing and self-isolation, the APM Cleaning and Repair team have stepped forward as front line workers to help keep our customers and the community safe.

A perfect example of our excellent project management is the cover we’ve provided for social housing providers whose regular staff members are shielding or self-isolating with unwell family members. We’ve been lending a hand where we can – like doing alarm pull checks for elderly or vulnerable residents to support Facility Managers who may be unable to work their usual shifts at the moment.

 

APM is an established business in our region

We’re a major player in the commercial cleaning industry and regularly service a variety of properties across Newcastle and the North from office blocks and care homes to studio flats and stately homes. Our cleaning technicians are fully trained and qualified to BICSc and NVQ Level II in Cleaning & Support standards and all have a minimum of five years’ experience. Our client list ranges from building contractors, property developers, shop fitters, estate and letting agents, private landlords, offices, and surgeries, all of which rely on our services.

 

We’re living in uncertain times – but we’re here to help

In light of the current situation, which saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduce revolutionary curbs on our freedom of movement and work life on 23rd March 2020 to rightly limit the spread of coronavirus, thousands of workers were made redundant and many self-employed people have struggled to retain their income.

 

Cleaning staff are needed

To date, nearly one million people have applied for universal credit benefits as the coronavirus pandemic has worsened as many find themselves in need of work and fast. Praise for key workers not just in the NHS, but supermarket workers, delivery drivers and cleaners has been loud and proud across the social media, local and national news as supermarket chains seek temporary staff to help re-stock shelves and deliver food to those in isolation.

 

We’re hiring

We’ve recently recruited three new members of staff and look forward to welcoming them onboard our team. If coronavirus has left you with money worries or resulted in redundancy, we’re hiring and would like to hear from you. If you are furloughed from your current employer and want to help in the fight against Covid-19, or are simply going stir-crazy– (working for another organisation DOES NOT affect your furlough salary) please get in touch.

We are looking for experienced team players in the capacity of Cleaning Staff, (especially Cleaners/Drivers). We also have vacancies for experienced Handymen/Carpet Cleaners (these positions must be filled by staff holding clean driving licences). We also have various contracts available in different geographical areas across the North of England to suit a range of applicants.

To find out more about working for APM Cleaning and Repair, or submit your application, please visit: www.apmcleaningltd.co.uk today.