Infection is one of the top concerns in retirement home facilities. This is what worries patients’ loved ones most of the time. People in the nursing home industry are aware of this and maintain a high standard when it comes to cleanliness.
For those in charge of cleaning, this is considered one of the most challenging assignments. An additional challenge is the fact that people are always around, they cannot be asked to leave while cleaning is on-going. Cleaners should find a way to do their job without causing a lot of disturbance. Planning is also a must to carry out cleaning schedules. For example, cafeterias should be cleaned only when meal time is over. While residents are eating, the recreation area can be cleaned, and so on.
Nursing homes should be kept clean and germ-free all the time because of the fragile health condition of patients. Nursing home residents have weak immune systems that are susceptible to disease and infection, and at times, this could become deadly. Flu is particularly a top concern and has the highest case among patients.
When cleaning, remember several things that need more attention than others. Spots that are often touched or held like doorknobs, railings or light switches need to be kept clean all the time because they could transmit viruses. Despite best efforts of frequent handwashing, there is a high risk of contamination if these spots are not cleaned properly and regularly.
Floors also need a lot of attention. Spills could happen anytime and the risk of patients sliding or losing their balance when the floor is slippery is very high. No retirement home would risk this happening to their residents.
If floors are carpeted, this is another significant concern. Germs and allergens get trapped in carpet fibers, and they could infect patients. Vacuuming the floors on a daily basis is not sufficient to thoroughly clean them.
How to Effectively Clean Carpets
Retirement homes should never settle for anything less when cleaning carpets. Professional carpet cleaners are a necessity when carrying out this essential maintenance because they have the right cleaning solutions and equipment to successfully perform the task.
The Hot Water Extraction or Steam Cleaning Method is the top choice for this purpose.
Despite the word “steam”, no steam is used in this carpet cleaning method. Steam could seldom be seen coming out of the equipment, often only when the water used to agitate and rinse the carpet is hot, but it loses most of the heat after passing through the equipment.
The cleaning process is carried out by conditioning the carpet with a cleaning solution. The solution is applied to the carpet with highly pressurized hot water. Carpet fibers are lightly agitated by a machine with soft brushes. A strong vacuum extracts or suction the cleaning solution along with the dirt and allergens.
How Water Extraction or Steam Cleaning offers better cleaning as compared to carpet shampoos and dry cleaning because they keep the carpet sanitized. This process is recommended at least once a year, but in the case of retirement homes, the minimum should be twice a year.
For maintaining carpets after steam cleaning, using dry cleaning methods may be utilized.
Encapsulation is one of the options. It employs the application of foam to clean the carpets. The foam binds with soil and dirt, and after about 10 minutes, they are lifted by a power vacuum.
Absorbent compound cleaning is another process whereby the powder is scattered and applied on the surface of the carpet and then suctioned by power a vacuum.
Another type of dry cleaning is the use of bonnets. The cleaning solution is sprayed onto the carpet, followed by agitation using a machine with brushes, and then extracted using bonnets on a machine.