All workplaces require some degree of cleaning to maintain hygiene levels as well as for aesthetic reasons.

Cleaning standards are a highly visible aspect of the way a business or a premises is run. High standards are appealing to customers and buildings users and are associated with efficient, well run businesses. Conversely, poor standards will lead to dirty, unhealthy surroundings which are likely to attract complaints from staff and other users of buildings. In some premises, food serving businesses and health or social care premises for instance, high cleaning standards are vital for the prevention of disease and may be subject to inspection.

The coronavirus pandemic requires high levels of cleaning to minimise infections on any premises that remain open during the lockdown. Businesses in the care and food sectors in particular should have clearly defined cleaning regimes. Key advice regarding how practical action can be taken to combat the spread of viruses can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.

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