Dirt is not the same everywhere
There are environments where bacterial load is a crucial issue: we refer to the contexts related to health, from Hospital public areas, corridors and Wards to high-risk Isolation Rooms, Operating Theatres and Intensive Care Units.
In all these delicate environments, the risk of cross-contamination and infection is a reality that must be faced with highly effective cleaning techniques and advanced systems, to reduce risk and deliver the highest standards of Cleanliness and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).
Practical advice on how to reduce the risk of cross-contamination
The basic principle to keep in mind is that dirt collected in one area must never come into contact with other areas.
A simple but fundamental rule is to use a separate clean cloth or mop for each individual area or surface to be cleaned: the systems that make this good practice possible are widely referred to as pre-soaking, on-demand soaking and disposable systems.
Equally important, touch-free tool systems are ideal for combating cross-contamination risk because they allow the disposal of dirty cloths and mops without touching them.
Following strict procedures where cloths, mops and tools are colour-coded in accordance with national guidelines provides additional risk protection: this simple but highly effective colour coding scheme ensures safe working practise – the primary principle being that a colour corresponds to a designated zone or functional area based on its specified degree of infection risk (Example: RED cloths, mops and tools - to be used only in Bathrooms).