Why A Cleaning Visit From Rag Mops Is Safer Than Ever

Rag Mops has been a leader in the home cleaning industry and in our community for almost 20 years.  We have also been cleaning for cancer patients with Cleaning For a Reason for over 12 years.  Rag Mops has developed a cleaning process and system that we believe will help keep our client’s homes clean and healthy during COVID-19.

Is it safe to have Rag Mops in my home?

In a word. Yes. Compared to other jobs, our professional cleaning technicians have minimal social interaction with the public, and we have implemented strict social distancing policies that limit their contact with one another and the public at large. Whether your concern is COVID-19 or any other virus, you can be confident that we are following all OSHA and CDC guidelines.

What additional safety measures have you taken?

We think one of the most important safety measures we have in place is our flexible attendance policy. If an employee is not well or someone in their care is not well, they know we cannot have them at work, regardless of how minor the symptoms might be.

We ensure our staff are healthy and safe to work every day with temperature checks and a personal certification that they have not had contact with anyone with COVID risk factors daily (they must answer all questions prior to being able to clock into our system).

We are asking the same of all of our clients. If they are not well in any way we are asking that they let us know and not have us visit. We are not cleaning any spaces that have had suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, we are limiting our ability to serve anyone who has been ill in the past 14 days.

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 or any other possible virus, we are also asking clients that have travelled outside the state or country recently to let us know and we will wait at least 14 days until we can service their homes. We are asking this of all our new customers as well.

In addition to our annual Safety Training we now have all our staff complete a COVID-19 Safe Cleaning Certification through Modern Cleaning, an educational entity in our industry. 

What about your tools and equipment?

We have secured a large supply of personal protective equipment for our staff including hand sanitizers, masks, disposable gloves, and shoe covers. In addition, our cleaners have always carried protective eyewear and gloves.

We only use clean tools in your home. This was the case long before COVID-19 even existed. All disposable items like magic erasers, are discarded before leaving each home. All hard equipment is disinfected before leaving the home and sanitized each week.

Cleaning cloths and mop pads are where we are very different from other cleaning companies. We have always believed that only clean cloths and mop pads should enter a client’s home. Other cleaning companies may only issue their cleaners a few cloths for the whole day while we have as many as they deem necessary. 

At Rag Mops Cleaning Service, when a color coded cloth is used it is immediately taken out of service, this is especially true for high-risk surfaces such as bathrooms. Our flat mop pads are soaked in a cleaning solution. They are used and then changed frequently so as to not cross contaminate. When you compare that to a traditional mop system, you can see that we have always emphasized safety and efficacy in our cleaning process.

Are you cleaning spaces with confirmed COVID-19 cases?

No. We will not serve any homes or spaces with confirmed COVID-19 cases at this time. Current guidelines are that it is safe to do so 14 days after the last symptoms have passed, but in an abundance of caution and to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are not taking any jobs of that nature at this time.

Do the products you use kill to the COVID-19 coronavirus?

No company can guarantee to kill what is unknown and this includes the COVID-19 virus. We will not make any such claims but we can tell you our natural sanitizer -kills 99.99% of common bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus faecalis, and Escherichia coli). And when used as a virucide-kills 99.9% specified viruses (Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2, Influenza A2/Japan, HBV and HIV-1). This product is used in hospitals and schools and is safe for you, your kids and your pets, but tough on germs.

Why is cleaning important right now?

When a surface is soiled or dirty, it provides a perfect breeding ground for pathogens to adhere to and thrive. A thoroughly cleaned surface makes it much harder for a pathogen like the COVID-19 to adhere to.

Right now we know that COVID-19 likes metals, plastics, and solid non-porous surfaces best. COVID-19 does not adhere well to vertical surfaces but settles and remains on horizontal surfaces for up to 3 days depending on the type of surface. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly is an important deterrent to the incidental spread of COVID-19.

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