Cold and Flu Season: How Cleaning and Disinfecting Further Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

Cold and flu season brings its own set of challenges to the workplace. Combine those seasonal health and environment risks with the Covid-19 pandemic and risks increase considerably.

The good news is there are proven cleaning and disinfecting methods that help keep your employees and guests healthy in the workplace. The cleaning and disinfecting experts at Jani-King can customize a program for your facility that identifies high-touch areas and kills viruses on surfaces.


Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in the workplace. Cleaning has always been a staple in the workplace but it’s also the first step to ensure proper disinfection. For any disinfectant to kill a virus on a surface, the surface must first be clean. Otherwise, the disinfectant cannot adhere to the surface and do its job.

Many of our customers have added weekly disinfecting on top of their daily cleaning schedule. By doing this, Jani-King crews can maintain a high-level of cleanliness on surfaces. Using an ATP monitor and swab test, Jani-King has tested its practices and proven them to be effective in reducing germs which in-turn lowers the spread of infections in the workplace.

Jani-King places emphasis on the cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch points such as light switches, doors, handrails, elevator buttons, restroom faucets, paper dispensers, break room appliances, and other objects that are touched frequently.  This is an important part of our cleaning and disinfecting schedule, and we can work with you to identify the critical areas of your facility.


For effective disinfecting, Jani-King relies on appropriate EPA registered chemicals and adherence to manufacturer guidelines including proper dwell times.  If your current cleaning company is not allowing the chemical to remain on the surface long enough to kill the germ or virus, then the process is ineffective.

Jani-King crews also have access to the latest disinfectant application equipment such as electrostatic sprayers.  These sprayers positively charge the particles as they are released from the sprayer.  The positively charged particles completely envelope the surface being sprayed, allowing for complete coverage on all exposed sides. This application process is highly effective and efficient for disinfecting surfaces in the workplace.


While proper cleaning and disinfecting are effective in the fight against the spread of germs, Center for Disease Control (CDC) reminds individuals that their own actions can also help stop the spread during cold and flu season. Here are five useful tips from CDC;

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Better protect your employees, customers, and business guests this cold and flu season by partnering with a professional janitorial company.  Jani-King has been a leader in the commercial cleaning business for more than 50 years, we’ve got the experience and processes to effectively reduce the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace.

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