Fall brings beautiful foliage, pleasantly cool temperatures, Halloween celebrations, and, unfortunately, the outbreak of the cold and flu season. According to the CDC, while the flu season usually peaks in February, it can start as early as October which means more patients crowding into waiting areas in local healthcare facilities. Be prepared to accommodate increased traffic at your healthcare facility in Chicago, IL and call ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons for routine healthcare carpet cleaning.
As flu season begins to take hold, more and more people head to healthcare facilities and thus wear and tear on your facility’s carpets is unavoidable. Patients come in with dirt and dust on their shoes and eventually slush and street salt on their boots as the winter progresses. These materials can quickly stain and mat carpets down, making waiting rooms appear even more dreary. Placing walk off mats at entrances can help, but routine carpet cleaning is the solution to staying stain-free and can also prolong the life of your carpets.
In addition to combating the increased wear and tear from foot traffic, it’s important to keep on top of carpet cleaning in healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Studies from the CDC have shown that flu virus can survive on porous surfaces, such as paper, cloth and carpets, for up to 12 hours. However, according to the Healthy Facilities Institute, vacuuming alone has little effect on removing viruses from carpet fibers. The cleaning method with the highest success is hot water extraction, a technique we use as part of our deep carpet cleaning services.
Not only can healthcare carpet cleaning service from ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons keep your carpets looking nice over the winter, but it can also help prevent the spread of flu viruses to patients and staff alike. Be prepared for when flu season hits full swing and give ServiceMaster Cleaning By Simons in the Chicago, Illinois area a call today at 773-376-1110!