COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols for Large Facilities

Covid 19 Stadium Cleaning

In today’s world, cleaning is no longer a basic measure performed to maintain the neatness and aesthetic appeal of large facilities. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, stringent sanitation standards are necessary to safeguard public health and safety. The COVID-19 cleaning protocols necessary to protect patrons and others today are more intensive than the typical routines employed just one year ago.

As our facilities reopen and adjust operations in the face of current public health concerns, strict COVID-19 cleaning protocols must be adopted. Comprehensive, science-based commercial cleaning regimens provide customers, visitors, and staff much-needed peace of mind while shielding the facility against potential liabilities.

Hays & Sons has recently been contracted to perform large facility cleaning services for Purdue University’s Ross-Ade Stadium, home of Boilermaker football. To ensure the health and safety of patrons, players, and staff alike, the University has implemented new safeguards and restrictions this year, including restricted crowd sizes with assigned seating, face covering requirements, and the adoption of COVID-19 cleaning protocols for the stadium. Our team is proud to assist Purdue Football in their mission to promote a safe atmosphere for those who visit, play, and work at the Ross-Ade Stadium – take a look at the COVID-19 cleaning protocols Hays & Sons implements when performing large facility commercial cleaning for event venues and other commercial buildings.

COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols

While we continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus each day, COVID-19 cleaning protocols have been developed to address the sanitation needs of large facilities that are open to the public during the pandemic based on current knowledge.

High-Touch Surfaces Cleaning

The Centers for Disease Control recommends surfaces that high-traffic, hard-surface touchpoints be disinfected and cleaned on a frequent basis in commercial facilities. While surface cleaning was of high importance in the early days of the pandemic, recent research has shown the risk of transmission from contaminated surfaces is lower than originally believed – however, in a stadium that sees hundreds of guests even at a reduced capacity, COVID-19 cleaning protocols must address these potential hotspots for disease spread.

High-touch areas targeted for frequent disinfection and cleaning within the stadium include:

  • Restrooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Door handles
  • Handrails
  • Countertops
  • Seating

Simply wiping down high-traffic touchpoints often isn’t enough – appropriate disinfection products must be used. Before the coronavirus pandemic, weaker disinfectants may have been used in facility cleaning – now, it is recommended that cleaning staff use products approved to kill SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a database of disinfection products compliant with COVID-19 cleaning protocols which have proven effective against the COVID-19 virus, similar human coronaviruses, or pathogens which are tougher to kill when used correctly. According to the EPA, surfaces should be pre-cleaned with soap and water before treatment with a disinfectant – disinfectant should be applied in sufficient volumes to keep the surface damp for the product’s recommended contact time.

Cleaning of Soft Surfaces

Soft surfaces such as carpeting, rugs, drapery, and upholstery have different COVID-19 cleaning protocols versus hard surfaces. Visible contamination should be removed from these surfaces using typical cleaners and cleaning methods, such as vacuuming and shampooing. When appropriate, materials should be laundered per the manufacturer’s directions on the warmest water setting approved for the item then thoroughly dried per product recommendations.

Generally, regular cleaning and/or laundering is sufficient for low-touch soft surfaces as a limited number of disinfectants are EPA-approved for soft, porous surface COVID-19 cleaning protocols. If disinfectants are to be used, the right products must be identified before use to avoid damaging the surface.

Large Facility Cleaning Services in Indiana

When it comes to COVID-19 cleaning protocols, frequency of cleaning services must be addressed when developing a comprehensive sanitation plan. It’s also imperative that cleaning staff take precautions to reduce the risk of transmission and other injuries while performing services, including the use of gloves and protective gear when using disinfectants as well as practicing social distancing.

As a commercial cleaning provider, Hays & Sons works with each facility to identify their cleaning needs and how often services need to be performed. In the case of an event venue such as Ross-Ade Stadium, thorough cleaning should be performed after each event, with frequent surface cleaning on game days when patrons are present. Our staff is committed to protecting your facility through the use of COVID-19 cleaning protocols and cleaning safety guidelines.

Protect your facility, patrons, and staff by implementing COVID-19 cleaning protocols today – contact Hays & Sons to learn how.


Hays + Sons Lafayette Wins Reader’s Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company

awardHays + Sons is proud to announce that its Lafayette location received the Journal & Courier Readers’ Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company of 2018. The Journal & Courier is part of the USA Today network. Hays + Sons was selected first out of twenty-three businesses submitted for the award. Hays + Sons specializes in disaster restoration services and also provides renovation, home remodeling and general contracting service as well.

“We’re honored to be recognized,” said Jacob Houk, president of Hays + Sons, “To me, being voted Best Home Renovation Company by residents of the Lafayette area means that we have exceeded the expectations of our customers when they needed us most. Our goal is to provide exceptional service to our customers during their time of need, by being passionate about our work and treating both our employees and our customers like family. Our mission is simple: We aim to do restoration right.” Continue reading “Hays + Sons Lafayette Wins Reader’s Choice Award for Best Home Renovation Company”

Veterans Day Salute

“No duty is as urgent as that of returning thanks.”

James Allen, philosopher

As Veterans Day draws near, we at Hays + Sons would like to answer our call to the duty of gratitude. On behalf of all our employees, we would like to thank veterans for their continued service and great sacrifice. We find ourselves deeply inspired by those serving in the armed forces, and we strive to honor them by reflecting their values in both our personal lives and our business.

While we often dedicate our posts to helping our readers prepare for unexpected events like hurricanes, fires and flooded basements, we were inspired to express our appreciation for the values that the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force embody (and our team members aspire to). Specifically, we strive to be more like the armed forces with our:

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Team Hays Strikes Again

Early Saturday morning the Hays team was in full force helping one of our largest clients in their time of need. Often times you focus on the building during times like this, forgetting about the people inside. One of the residents lost a necklace that belonged to her deceased mother, our team helped search through the debris and found the necklace for the tenant. It’s a quick reminder that we do more than rebuild buildings.
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Egging, Toilet Papering: How to Clean Up After Halloween Pranks

Halloween cleanup can be the scariest thing about the holiday. Here’s a tip sheet on how to remove eggs, toilet paper, wax, and other messes that show up during the night.
Halloween can be a messy holiday. With pranksters about, you may end up with egg yolks dripping down your siding and toilet paper hanging from your trees. Inside, you might drip candle wax on your carpet, and your little ones could leave makeup stains on your furniture. Hey — it’s the price of having fun.
But when the fun is over, the cleanup begins. Here are some tips from the American Cleaning Institute and others on removing the Halloween mayhem that little tricksters leave behind.

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Hays + Sons Supports Camp Saturday and the People’s Burn Foundation

Hays + Sons was proud to spend Monday night with Jeff Saturday and some of the kids from his camp.
The People’s Burn Foundation supports burn survivors and their families through camp and other therapeutic activities. Camp Saturday is a week-long residential camp for children who are burn survivors to heal from physical and emotional scars by providing an opportunity to “just to be kids” with volunteer counselors comprised of mostly firefighters and paramedics. This emotionally rehabilitative camp helps children to understand that although their skin was burned their hearts and minds were not.
If you would like to support the People’s Burn Foundation and Camp Saturday go to their website at

Hays + Sons in the News

Thanks, Chuck Steele & Zach Corbin in the Cincinnati office, for going above and beyond to help our clients in their time of need…
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Contents Facility – Did you know?

The 10 most common items cleaned in the Hays + Sons Contents Department are…

  • Dining tables and chairs
  • Dressers
  • Sofas, love seats and upholstered chairs
  • Glassware (dishes)
  • Mattresses
  • China/Crystal
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Photographs
  • Wall art

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New Hays + Sons Brand

Have you noticed our new signage? Have you noticed our newly wrapped vehicles on the road? It’s part of our new Brand! We continue our rebranding efforts with a new website,, building signage, and vehicle wraps. What do you think?

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