With business ramping back up in Ohio after the COVID-19 shutdown, it's essential to keep in mind things still aren't the same as before. Team members and customers must be kept healthy and that means taking more precautions than ever before. If you don’t, you risk losing your business and being permanently shut down. So, what can you do to safely reopen your doors and begin building a profitable company again? These nine things are musts for you.
Masks and Face Coverings
Wearing a mask is mandatory for employees at most Ohio businesses and strongly encouraged for customers – and for a good reason. Pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people can spread COVID-19 without even knowing they're infected. Wearing cloth face covers and masks helps contain the germs, so they are less likely to infect those around them. Learn more in our article about how masks keep you and your team safe.
One of the first things doctors told us when the pandemic started was to wash your hands for 20 seconds. That means your office, facility or restaurant needs a lot of soap in stock to ensure everyone’s hands remain clean. Hand sanitizer has also been shown to kill the virus, so having sanitizing stations around is another great thing to consider. Always remember – your hands can never be too clean.
You may have seen sanitizing floor mats in use at schools and other busy facilities across the globe. They kill germs on your shoes before you enter the building. Pretty cool! Microfiber mops are also great for sterilizing floors with a little soap and water. We also recommend having your floor mats/rugs often washed so they don't harbor the coronavirus.
Now more than ever, having clean bathrooms is paramount. People will wash their hands more than usual, and restrooms are generally a place where germs spread quickly. We recommend wiping down frequently touched surfaces as often as possible and keeping your urinals and toilets as sanitary as possible.
At a restaurant, this means keeping table and bar tops as clean as possible using soap, water and microfiber towels. We recommend microfiber towels because they have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties making them ideal for sanitizing surfaces. Office buildings and manufacturers should also wipe down desks, computers, handles and other frequently touched surfaces often to ensure they don't spread disease.
Viruses and bacteria can live on your clothes, just like they can on hard surfaces. That's why having clean clothes to wear to work each day protects you and your team. A uniform rental program will ensure your teams' shirts and pants are hygienically laundered using proper chemicals and high-temperature water to kill the COVID-19 virus. Plus, you'll get the added benefits of a more professional looking staff and convenience that comes with uniform rental.
While wiping down tables is a necessity, we recommend taking it a step further and using a new tablecloth each time a new party sits down. Tablecloths are hygienically laundered, ensuring they are germ-free when they arrive at your restaurant. And they dress up your tables a bit, creating a more welcoming and elegant atmosphere.
Clean Silverware, Flatware and Glassware
This was a no-brainer already at restaurants and bars, but it's even more critical now. Always wash your silverware, plates and glasses with hot water and dish soap. Then dry them with antimicrobial microfiber towels to ensure they are completely sanitized for your next guest.
A Reliable Partner
With everything going on right now, you need a partner you can trust to ensure your business has what it needs. Many suppliers in our industry are slowing down or closing altogether, but we'll be here for you with the products you need to keep your company or restaurant safe and sanitary. That way, you can get back to what you do best.
While the world is a lot different than it was a few months ago, we can all adapt and get back to some sense of normalcy. But that doesn't mean we should ignore the pandemic and throw sanitation out the window. If we want our businesses to survive after reopening our doors, we must take the appropriate steps to ensure our team and customers are safe. Rentwear can help you do that.