Hospital Cleaning Tips for Residential Environments

31 January 2022

As COVID-19 transitions from pandemic to endemic illness, there is a resurging public interest in—and need for—cleaning for health in homes and other residential spaces. Many people, including professional cleaners, are looking to sanitary procedures used in hospitals and other health care settings for cues to incorporate into their own routines. But it isn’t always easy to understand which parts of those protocols can or should be adapted to residential cleaning; some are impractical, and others are just wasteful (or worse, potentially harmful) outside of a setting that demands them.

Health Care Cleaning to Apply at Home

Two of the most important hospital/health care cleaning procedures to apply in residential settings are so basic as to go frequently ignored by homeowners—handwashing and protective equipment. Cleaning for health often involves contact with both harmful microorganisms and chemical irritants, both surface transferrable and airborne varieties; gloves, a mask, and basic eye protection should be worn during cleaning, especially in restrooms and kitchens. Hands should be washed and gloves should be changed when entering and leaving these rooms to avoid spreading contaminants throughout the home.

It is also advisable to use hospital-grade disinfectants/sanitizers in the home, especially in bathrooms and laundry rooms (avoid their use in kitchens, though, unless the product in question is specifically indicated as food safe). The latter is a frequently overlooked point of collection for germs and bacteria that we bring into our homes from outside, especially if it houses a centralized hamper and/or your home has a laundry chute system.

Health Care Cleaning Tips to Leave to the Professionals

Many healthcare cleaning professionals wear gowns or overcoats that they change between rooms or zones; the idea is the same as changing gloves, just on a larger scale. This kind of diligence is generally unnecessary in residential settings, though, only serving to add extra time and expense to cleaning routines. Health care cleaners also disinfect/sanitize high touch points much more frequently than homeowners need to do so; emulating that part of their routines will, once again, only act as a time and money sink in residential settings. Once or twice per day is perfectly adequate at home.

Final Thoughts

Incorporating health care cleaning products and procedures into a home cleaning routine can be an excellent way to prevent illnesses from coming into or spreading among people living in a given domicile. But it’s also important to limit that emulation to what makes sense in a residence, or else time management and cost will quickly spiral out of control. Contact the experts at ABC Paper & Chemical Company to get started working toward a sensibly healthy home.