Following the easing of restrictions under Level 4 of the lockdown in South Africa, more businesses have since returned to work from May 1, 2020 – albeit under a significantly reduced capacity – presenting a renewed risk of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

During his address on the 23rd of April, President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated that companies that reopen will have to “first prepare” their workplaces, then bring in employees in batches of one-third at a time. Ensuring employee safety is, therefore, a top priority for all employers during this period.

Peter Esterhuizen, Sales Director at Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), says stringent and continuous holistic cleaning regimes need to be put in place, along with the stringent Covid-19 protocols including the regular cleaning of frequented touch points, provision of hand sanitisers, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the requisite social distancing, among others.

As a leading provider of cleaning equipment solutions, GCE believes that it is vital for companies to deploy state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and detergents/ disinfectants that achieve desired results.

“Traditional mops and cleaning towels are notorious for accumulating and spreading soils and contaminants, instead of removing them. In fact, a growing number of environmental scientists maintain that it’s actually better to not clean than to clean using ineffective methods,” says Esterhuizen.

‘No touch’ cleaning

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting buildings, especially surfaces that are touched frequently, must yield maximum results and create hygienic and healthy spaces. With Kaivac’s No-Touch Cleaning®, supplied locally by GCE, companies are assured of the best outcome they can trust.

In fact, scientific research has shown that cleaning and/or disinfecting surfaces is not effective without the removal of dirt/contaminants.Thus, disinfection starts with a clean surface.  With that in mind, Kaivac in 1997 developed its high flow fluid extraction (HFFE) method, known as the No-Touch Cleaning®.

Designed for the worker, Kaivac’s No-Touch Cleaning® gets surfaces extremely clean; reduces cleaning times by as much as two-thirds; and is 30-60 times better than conventional cleaning methods.

“Modern instrumentation allows cleaning to be probed to greater degree than ever before, but the removal technology is only part of the cleaning process. Built for extreme soil removal, empowering workers to clean ergonomically without touching contaminated surfaces, Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning® tech allows companies to reduce cleaning times to one-third, chemical consumption by up to 30%, while eliminating costs for unnecessary equipment and consumables,” says Esterhuizen.

“Ultimately the goal of cleaning is to produce an environment free of disease-causing bacteria and virus, to avoid the spread of infectious diseases. This idea of cleaning goes beyond cleaning for appearance only and focuses on properly killing and removing bacteria, moulds, parasites, allergens and viruses,” he adds. 

Getting businesses ready

During Level 5 lockdown, GCE remained open to support essential service companies, and with the lifting of restrictions under Level 4 of the lockdown, the company is open for business to support and advise customers on a holistic cleaning approach to keep their facilities clean and healthy.