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.


My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?

flooded crawl space

I read somewhere that if a house has ten problems, 15 of them have to do with water. Water anywhere in the house is all too common and causes a distinctive odor that can be described as musty. Candles and air fresheners might help somewhat, but you’re simply putting lipstick on that pig. If your house smells dank after having it closed up all day, and you can’t find the source of the water anywhere inside your house, check the crawl space. Crawl spaces are notorious for attracting and holding moisture, especially if they don’t have adequate drainage or a ventilation system. In this post, we’ll cover what you should do when you have a flooded crawl space.

Continue reading “My Crawl Space is Flooded; Now What?”

How to Landscape to Prevent Basement Flooding

how to landscape to prevent basement floodingProper landscaping techniques can help you prevent a flooded basement. Because spring is here and rain is a sure bet, now is the time to consider your landscaping around your house. Here’s how to landscape to prevent basement flooding: 

Continue reading “How to Landscape to Prevent Basement Flooding”

Seven Simple Steps to Prepare Your Basement for Spring

To avoid a flooded basement, a little preparation goes a long way. 

In the Midwest, March Madness has more than one meaning. It’s “anything-can-happen month” in terms of weather. Spring showers and heavy rains are a definite possibility. And so is snow. Remember Easter of 2018? The kids were pawing through nearly a foot of snow to find their Easter eggs. What does wacky spring weather mean for you as a homeowner? 

It means you need to be prepared for anything. Here at Hays + Sons, our job is to help families and businesses stay safe and recover from unexpected events like flooded basements that cause water damage. But our mission is to help you avoid these situations altogether. 

Continue reading “Seven Simple Steps to Prepare Your Basement for Spring”

5 Ways to Waterproof Your Basement

waterproofWhen summer rains are beating down, it’s good to know that we have a safe place inside. And while (for the most part), our homes are impenetrable, there are preventative measures that should be taken to keep the moisture out. Here are five simple steps to keep the most vulnerable part of your home (the basement) dry during the rainy season.

For more flooded basement tips, check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.
Continue reading “5 Ways to Waterproof Your Basement”

5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Their Basement Floods

flooded basementWhat NOT to do About a Flooded Basement

Amidst the craze of activities and obligations this time of year, the last thing you need is a few inches (or feet!) of water setting up camp in your basement. Many homeowners look for an easy fix to the problem so that they can get on with their day. However, quick fixes don’t mean that they are handling the situation safely. Flooded basements require time and calculated effort to restore. So, while you may not be an expert in water damage clean-up, you can still make the situation easier by avoiding these common mistakes that homeowners make in the event of a flooded basement.

Additionally, you can check out our Ultimate How-To Guide for a Flooded Basement.

Continue reading “5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Their Basement Floods”

It’s National Water Quality Month; Avoid Unhealthy Water in Your Home

In the US, we don’t often think about water quality until a water catastrophe occurs, and since August is National Water Quality month, we figured it’s a great time to talk about preventing water catastrophes in your home. Flooded basements and burst pipes can expose your family to unhealthy gray and black water and cause you to need the services of a water restoration company. Here’s a list of things you can do in the month of August to ensure that your pipes are in tip-top shape all year long.

Continue reading “It’s National Water Quality Month; Avoid Unhealthy Water in Your Home”

Avoiding Burst Pipes and Water Damage in the Summer Months

When the temperature outside plummets, we’ve all learned that we need to take special care of our pipes. We keep a faucet dripping, cabinet doors open and wrap pipes that are exposed to the cold. Rarely do we think about the potential for damage to pipes and plumbing issues in the heat of summer. However, burst pipes and water damage from hot weather and summer activities can cause some pretty serious issues too, so it’s important to pay careful attention to your pipes in the warmer months to avoid burst pipes and water damage that may result in the need for water restoration services from a water restoration company. Here are some things to look out for: 


Continue reading “Avoiding Burst Pipes and Water Damage in the Summer Months”

Furnace Maintenance: Don’t Take Your Furnace For Granted

Winter has us firmly in its grip now and the new year is off to a frigid start. Unless we can escape to warmer climes, bundling up and dreaming of spring are our only options. With the thermometer plunging to record lows, it’s certainly no time to take your furnace for granted, and furnace maintenance is key. 
It’s easy to forget about your furnace as it chugs away in the dark corners of your basement. Continue reading “Furnace Maintenance: Don’t Take Your Furnace For Granted”

My Basement Flooded… Now What?

With unpredictable winter weather ahead, the opportunities for water-related disasters are plenty– pipes can freeze and burst, rain and melting snow can raise groundwater levels, sewers can back up, or tiny cracks in your foundation can allow water to seep through the walls as the snow builds up along the side of your house. Continue reading “My Basement Flooded… Now What?”