If you’ve been worrying about whether it’s wise to resume your maid service during a pandemic, this message is for you.
It’s been five months since Maryland Governor Larry Hogan closed schools around the state, encouraged non-essential businesses to let employees work from home, and asked all of us to help ‘flatten the curve.’
This has meant five months of working side-by-side with your spouse or partner – or alone and isolated. Five months of juggling home-schooling your children with interminable work-related meetings online. Raise your hand if you’re exhausted, frustrated, and stressed out from having to be everything to everyone around the clock. And have we ever spent this much time indoors?
By this point, you may have given up trying to keep every corner of your house germ-free. And by this point, you also know that while you may maintain the appearance of cleanliness, your place is no longer really clean.
So you want to hire a professional cleaner to take over at least some of the major household chores. With one thing off your plate, you could prioritize work time – and spend critical time with the kids.
Hang on, though…
“How do I know it’s safe to let professional cleaners inside my house?” I’ve been asked this question about 40 times since the lockdown began!
Of course, your family’s health and your own level of comfort are your first considerations. But, please know that having maid service during a pandemic is not really a luxury. What if you could stop worrying?
At the end of the day, professional house cleaning can help lower your stress rather than contribute to it. And when we leave you’ll know your house is disinfected, sanitized, and germ-free.
Below, I’ve listed the steps we take to protect our clients – and our employees! (Trust me, our highly trained employees are our most valuable asset. We’re not playing around with their health and wellbeing!)
In a recent Washington Post article, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked whether he allows anyone other than family into his home. He responded, “The only person who comes into the house besides (my wife) Christine and me is the woman who cleans the house once every two weeks. She wears a mask and gloves at all times while in the house.” So the nation’s top infectious disease expert is keeping his maid service during a pandemic! Good to know.
Of course, precautions are essential. Here are the basic practices we use to keep you – and our employees – safe.
Many people don’t realize that sanitization is actually a two-step process—not simply wiping a surface with a wet cloth. Therefore, your home may not be as germ-free as you think.
When we enter your home, we first sanitize and then we disinfect.
The Centers for Disease Control define cleaning as “the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects.” According to the CDC, to sanitize means “to reduce microorganisms of public health importance to levels considered safe, based on established parameters.” This doesn’t necessarily kill all germs, but it “lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.” [Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Sec. 110.3]
To disinfect means “to destroy or irreversibly inactivate specified infectious fungi and bacteria, but not necessarily the spores, on hard surfaces.” This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. [U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Antimicrobial Pesticide Products Fact Sheet.]
Park Avenue Cleaning follows EPA guidelines for the use of higher-strength, higher efficacy sanitizing products. We also offer all-natural, chemical-free products for clients who avoid using chemical substances indoors.
Because our associates serve families all over Howard and Baltimore counties, our new protocols require that we wipe down or replace parts of our house cleaning tools and products before we bring them into your home. We then clean them again between customers to avoid cross-contamination. (Yes, the cleaning stuff gets cleaned before we clean your stuff!)
We use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before we get out of the car, then wash our hands when we get inside. We wear gloves when in direct contact with high-touch surfaces. These include countertops, sinks, and toilets—but also doorknobs, light switches, and railings.
We are ready, able, and eager to help you and your family. Our number one commitment is to protect the health and well-being of both our staff and our clients. That commitment begins with communication. Summer Johnson McGee, Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut suggests, “setting expectations for social distancing, mask and glove usage and any [health] issues before cleaning begins.”
Every Park Avenue employee is highly trained to have an eye for detail. This takes on magnified importance as this virus continues to make its way around the world.
Here are some things you can do between maid service appointments to practice good home hygiene:
Here in Maryland, we look forward to being of service to you and your family. We work in Columbia, Catonsville, and throughout Howard County, as well as the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Allowing anyone into your home, especially at this unprecedented time, requires trust. Trust us. We are trained for this.
Call us! We’ll get you on the schedule and be right over.
Thanks for trusting us,