As the coronavirus pandemic enters its first year, people are beginning to change their mindsets about the situation, with slightly less people ignoring safety precautions and more people concerned about disinfecting and cleaning surfaces.
A survey, identified five different pandemic mindsets and how they’ve changed from the middle of our first year to now in the pandemic.
The Freewheeler is eager to get back to normal life and has participated in what others consider to be risky behavior during the pandemic, such as refusing to wear masks or follow social distancing guidelines. (10% of the survey respondents in September, compared to 13% of the survey respondents in June)
- The Reluctant Rule Follower is not happy following pandemic guidelines such as mask wearing and social distancing but is complying with the protocols to avoid judgement. (22% in September, 25% in June)
- The Cautious But Reasonable is returning to normal living while following safety guidelines but is prepared to isolate again if circumstances warrant. (29% in September, 28% in June)
- The Germinator is disinfecting and sanitizing every surface in sight and very concerned with eliminating germs. (26% in September, 19% in June)
- The Avoider has rarely left home since the pandemic started and is prepared to stay home until a COVID-19 vaccine is available. (11% in September, 12% in June)
The new survey data suggests people want to get out into their communities more, but need to feel safe. According to our findings, more than one quarter of consumers fall into the ‘germinator’ category. That means there are a lot of people really trying their best to get back to living and working right now despite the pandemic.
Are you still dealing with the same cleaning company that you knew wasn’t disinfecting surfaces? Have you looked in the cleaning closet to see what disinfectant they use or if there is any there? It may be time to re-evaluate your commercial cleaning services!
Use janitorial providers that focus on cleaning systems, not individuals. When it comes to proper cleaning it’s important to train employees on proper systems vs hoping you hired an all-star!
School Restrooms (and I’m sure any public restroom)
A recent survey of high school students conducted by Bradley Corp. found the students were most concerned about contacting coronavirus or other germs in their school’s restroom.
The results showed that 50% of high schoolers rated their restrooms as fair or poor. Additionally, 42% of high schoolers believe that unclean restrooms reflect poorly on school management.
The survey also found:
- 18% of respondents view school restrooms as excellent or very good
- 41% think school management cannot do anything about restroom cleanliness
- 33% said messy restrooms lower their perception of the school overall.
The surveyed high schoolers believe it is important that schools keep restrooms stocked with soap, paper towels, and toilet paper. Most of them (76%) believe school restrooms should have touchless features such as faucets and soap dispensers.
Regarding handwashing behavior, the survey found:
- 94% of respondents believe it is important to wash their hands to protect against COVID-19
- 62% wash their hands more frequently with 55% doing it more than six times per day
- 48% of high schoolers are concerned they won’t have enough time to wash their hands at school.
When it comes to commercial janitorial services it’s important to get it right the first time and every time after that! Using the proper disinfectant to kill germs is extremely important when cleaning schools. K-12 cleaning services are what we are extremely proud of!
Restroom disinfection must always be a top priority when reviewing cleaning companies near you. Proper disinfecting practices and systems are a must for janitorial providers. If your cleaning company doesn’t have systems in place for cleaning how can you verify that it’s actually getting done correctly?