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Nursing Home Cleaning Tips

February 2017

Emerald Facility Services provide a cleaning service tailored specifically to Nursing Homes. We understand the requirements of a nursing home and our team are trained to provide this specialised Nursing Home cleaning service.

We also believe that cleaning should not come at the expense of residents' comfort. Because seniors sometimes have trouble breathing, we monitor the amount of chemicals used during the cleaning process and aim to minimise the use of strong disinfectants.

So what’s involved in cleaning a nursing home?

Cleaning and disinfection procedure must be more rigorous and thorough to prevent the spread of disease in a Nursing Home.

Nursing homes involve close-contact between vulnerable individuals with weak immune systems which leads to an increased risk of infection transmission. With some germs surviving on surfaces for up to several months. To ensure a healthy environment disinfection of all surfaces is essential.

Surfaces such as seating, floors, blinds and walls do not pose a high risk of transmission of infection to individuals. Detergent alone is normally sufficient to remove microbes from these surfaces. The team at Emerald change detergent solutions hourly. We also ensure the surface is dry and free of detergent residue after cleaning.

Dirt and dust is removed from floors by either wet mopping, wet vacuuming, dry dusting with electrostatic materials or spray buffing. Surfaces are then cleansed with a detergent solution which is carried out daily. We do not use methods that cause mists or the dispersion of dust to avoid risk for residents. Vacuums are equipped with HEPA filters which are cleaned and replaced regularly.

Carpets are vacuumed daily and a deep clean is carried out every six months. If organic material is present, additional low- level disinfection is required after mechanical removal of the material using detergent. Wet vacuuming is more effective than dry cleaning at removing fungus.

Soft furnishings that are likely to become soiled should be covered with material that is wipe-clean and impermeable. Furnishings such as curtains, blinds, chair and pillow covers should be fully cleaned daily with a detergent, and with a low level disinfectant two times a week and commercially laundered every six months. Cloth chairs should be vacuumed two or three times a week as allergens and certain bacteria and fungi can be found in dust and collect in fabrics.

Areas such as shelving, windowsills and mantelpieces should be wiped or scrubbed in addition to using a cleaning agent. Certain bacteria and fungi can live in dust, therefore wet-dusting using clean cloths moistened with detergent is recommended. Surfaces must be thoroughly dried after cleaning.

Fans and Air Conditioning Units should be visibly clean. These require dusting weekly or as required and a deep clean annually. Wall fixtures including switches, sockets or data/computer points should be visibly clean. Doors should be visibly clean. High touch areas such as handles and push plates should be cleaned and disinfected daily. The whole door should be fully cleaned weekly

Ventilation grilles extract and inlets should be visibly clean. These require dusting weekly and a deep clean annually. Walls and ceilings do not need to be washed more than once every 6 months with hot water and detergent unless they are visibly soiled.

Frequent hand-touch sites such as door handles and bathroom taps should be identified and disinfected daily using a low level disinfectant. These are high risk in the transmission of diseases between individuals in an environment. If an individual touches a contaminated surface with their hands, and then touches their face, eyes or mouth, the pathogen can enter the body and has the potential to cause illness.

Other areas that require low-level disinfection include general guest areas such as railings, door handles, arm rests, elevator buttons, tabletops, computer keyboards, television buttons, remote controls, drawers, bedside tables, telephones, light switches, room basins, cupboard handles, food cabinets, reception desks, dispensers and holders and waste receptacles.

Cleaning a nursing home presents numerous challenges but you can rely on the Emerald Facility Services team to ensure that your Nursing Home is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected taking into consideration the needs of residents.

Call Katherine Kelly today to have a chat about your nursing home cleaning requirements.

 

Nursing Home Cleaning Tips