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Cleaning and Disinfecting Alternatives – Top 5 Ways to Disinfect When Supplies Run Out

This template is for individuals or businesses seeking alternatives for preventive cleaning against COVID-19 if everyday supplies, such as cleaning wipes or cleaning sprays, run out.

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Who is this Collection for?

This checklist is for individuals or businesses seeking alternatives for preventive cleaning against COVID-19 if everyday supplies, such as cleaning wipes or cleaning sprays, run out.

Even without your usual premade cleaning products from the store, it is still possible to clean and disinfect your home or business. You can still protect yourself from spreading COVID-19 along with other bacteria and viruses by practicing good hygiene and by making your own cleaning solutions. As long as the cleaner you make contains enough disinfectant, it will be just as effective at killing germs as the store bought kinds. So there’s no need to worry as long as you practice caution and you’ve got bleach, alcohol, and soap handy.


Why is this Collection important?

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the globe. The entire human race has suffered a loss, not necessarily just a loss of material, but a loss of a lifestyle. In consequence, many businesses, teams, and stakeholders have been hit hard. The individual consumers are no exception, and have been in fact especially affected by the pandemic. It is important that we come together to create and improve upon plans for these spaces to thrive once again.


How should I use this collection?

This collection should be utilized as a foundational/base guideline for the purpose it covers. In this case for: cleaning and disinfecting practices to implement at regular intervals as needed to protect employees and customers from COVID-19.

Again, it’s important to note that the templates here should not be your single source for truth. The pandemic is an ever changing landscape. Please consult your team, your state health departments, and other reliable sources to keep up to date with standards and procedures.


How do I upload this into my UpKeep account?

These templates you’ll be able to download below will function as a “Checklists” on UpKeep. Checklists allow you to quickly reuse specific Task Items in work orders. Most commonly, these are used for inspections where you have a list of subtasks or checklist items that you’d like to include as part of a work order.

*It’s important to note that you would need to be an “Admin” user on UpKeep to be able to perform this upload.

With the templates provided here, it’s a simple one, two, step!

  1. Download one of the (.csv formatted) templates above.
  2. Upload the template onto UpKeep

Done!

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Can I use this collection even if I don’t have UpKeep?

The short answer is “yes”! We are aiming to provide as much value as possible, especially during this pandemic. You can find the PDF versions of these templates here.

Feel free to print them out and utilize them!


What if I don’t need one of the templates in the collection?

The templates in this collection are separated and categorized. Go ahead and take a look at each of the template titles individually and decide which ones are needed by your team and which ones are not!


What if I want to change or delete a task item from a template?

Once you finish uploading a template into your account, you can easily change the task item name, type, or even delete a line item all together.

It is important to note that you must make these adjustments BEFORE assigning the checklist to work orders — because you won’t be able to edit them after assigning. We have this safeguard in place for the UpKeep system to ensure that no one accidentally changes a template/checklist that is essential to a work order that already exists for your team.

To reiterate however, you cannot edit a checklist that has been previously used via the main checklist, since the system will protect the historical integrity of the work orders associated w/ that checklist

Optionally, you can make tiny edits of which task you do or do not want included when adding to a Work Order itself (this doesn’t edit the actual checklist, but is an option to allow our customers to make crucial, specific adjustments when needed).


Index of Terminology & Definitions in this Collection:

Cleaning: Removal of dirt and debris, grease, and other pollutants, not to be confused with sanitization. The CDC recommends routine cleaning of high-volume spaces where surfaces are frequently touched. Local, state, or federal regulations may require that store employees are provided with cleaning and disinfecting tools, and that the employees clean frequently touched workstations and designated areas regularly.

Disinfection/Sanitization: The use of chemicals during surface cleaning to kill germs. Cleaners that can be used for general disinfection are: bleach solutions, solutions containing 70% alcohol or more, hydrogen peroxide, and chlorine.

Partitions: Protective partition screens to prevent COVID-19 transmission by limiting physical contact between employees and customers. More sellers are encouraging customers to use touchless payment options whenever possible. This minimizes cash, card, and device handling which could potentially transmit viruses.

PPE: Personal protective equipment, worn to limit exposure to health hazards. Common PPE suggestions include face masks, face shields, aprons, and disposable gloves. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where communities gather for collective protection.

Social distancing: COVID-19 is mainly spread from person-to-person, between people who are within roughly 6 feet of each other, through respiratory droplets from speaking, sneezing, or coughing. To encourage healthy social distancing practices, facilities might add lined spaces to the floor or on signs to show shoppers how far apart they should stand from each other. Some sellers might limit the amount of people who can enter a building at the same time, or limit how many employees are operating at once to promote safe distancing. Other helpful practices include making routine verbal announcements on the loudspeaker and removing public seating to remind employees and customers to stay at least 6 feet apart.


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