COVID-19 has changed our world. More so for workplaces and commercial establishments that are often considered as high-traffic areas. One such area is the lift or elevator. Did you know? The call button of a commercial lift has more bacteria than a public toilet seat- at least 40 times more!
So, even if we have to touch the call button only for a few seconds, it can be highly contagious. That's why they require regular cleaning and disinfection to prevent them from becoming hotspots of the novel coronavirus.
As an experienced commercial disinfectant services provider in India, we give you simple yet effective practices to keep lifts a covid-safe zone. Follow the cleaning routine regularly to make your elevator a more hygienic and sterile place.
Prior to disinfecting an elevator, you need to clean the entire surface. Always read the guidelines provided by the manufacturer before you do so. You don't want to apply the wrong cleaning solution to any surface.
With a microfibre cloth, wipe rails and buttons to remove hair, dust, and dirt. Always clean the buttons first using smooth and gentle strokes. Then use an antibacterial product to wipe the rails and keypad. Never spray the material directly on the buttons. That can destroy the electrical components. Spray it on the cloth and then wipe.
Check the manufacturer's recommendations and determine which cleaning product is safe to use on all non-porous surfaces of the lift, like walls and panels. Often a mild soap mixed with water is fine. Never pour or spray the mixture directly on any electrical area. Dip a cloth or paper towel in it and then wipe to remove grime. Always use a non-abrasive cloth-like microfibre. Also, the disinfecting solution should be non-corrosive.
Sweep the floor. If it has a carpet, vacuum it even if it appears clean, as it often traps germs and dust. Use a steam cleaner for a deeper clean. If there is no carpet, then disinfect with a non-corrosive solution.
The doors and ceilings of lifts are often made of steel. Utilise a damp cloth to remove all dirt and grime. Use a ladder to reach high areas. Remember to clean the ceiling first, and then the floor, to avoid dirt falling down. Disinfect with a non-abrasive and non-corrosive solution.
Never overlook other sections of the lift, such as the gap between the edge of the lift and the building floor. Debris gathers in this space and can impact the moving parts of the elevator. A good practice is to call a professional to clean such areas regularly.
Cleaning and disinfecting a lift in set periods is a great way to reduce the spread of the virus. Even still, every person should take all precautions when using an elevator. Here are some hygiene tips to follow when riding a lift:
Always wear a mask at all times. They not only reduce the chance of you getting infected but also passing it to others to a great degree. Since lifts are enclosed spaces, a mask is essential even if you are alone because you can still catch any infection lingering in the air.
Install a hand sanitiser in your lift lobbies or near the entrance of the lifts. Urge visitors and residents to use it every time they enter the elevator. This eliminates the spread of the virus, and will ensure safety and hygiene even if you have to press on the call buttons. Also, sanitise your hands after you get off from a lift. This offers an additional layer of protection.
Just like masks, physical distancing is critical to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So never overcrowd a lift. Follow the capacity limit listed on the elevator. Better yet, stay well within it to allow for some breathing room. Using staggering times for tenants of different floors is a good management idea.
Another way to enforce physical distancing within a lift is to have floor markings to specify where a person can stand. You can use the same technique to enforce safe distancing for people waiting to use the lift. Such indicators are a great way to socially distance people and prevent cross-contamination.
The bottom line:
Lift hygiene has now become a critical in the aftermath of COVID-19. Practising hygiene measures like physical distance, wearing a mask and sanitising will be the top priority to stop the spread of the virus.
Such measures are even more pivotal for enclosed spaces like a lift that see a lot of footfall. These areas are used by dozens if not hundreds of people every day, making them a petri dish for viruses.
If you are a building owner or a tenant and worried about the hygiene of lifts, get in touch with us. As a facility management company, we offer commercial disinfectant services. Besides ensuring that all the lifts and other high traffic areas in your property are properly sanitised, we can educate residents and make them aware of measures that help make the property covid-safe!