With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we’ve all been paying a lot more attention to handwashing. Hopefully by now everyone is familiar with how often and for how long (two renditions of “Happy Birthday” or one of “I Will Survive”) we need to be washing our hands.
But what about our desk surfaces? For those people who aren’t able to work from home, like 911 call takers and dispatchers, how do they make sure their console work surfaces are disinfected? Or that work shared areas are cleaned properly?
There are a ton of ideas out there right now on how best to make sure your environment is disinfected. Some are urban legends (no, vodka will not sanitize a surface). Some materials, while great as disinfectants, will discolor or damage your work surface. Bleach and ammonia, for example, will cause discoloration over time. Others, like Windex, are great cleaners and recommended in normal circumstances, but they don’t disinfect.