Facilities are constantly asked to do more with less—less time, less money, less space.

Proper cleaning and monitoring of cleanliness require adequate time. However, cutting cleaning time can leave behind unwanted microorganisms. Cutting corners for time can range from no disinfecting at all (trash and dash) to disinfecting only high-touch points.

In addition to adequate time, cleaning staff should receive adequate training on various components of proper cleaning including dry/dwell time for disinfectants. Proper cleaning of environments should be a top priority for facilities, and this does not happen without a strong disinfection team who is dedicated to cleaning a room thoroughly.

The emergence of highly-resistant microorganisms means that facilities need to look forward at what changes can be made now to help in the future. The current cleaning practices are not enough; facilities need to spend the time and money to educate their staff on disinfection practices,\ and chemical awareness and reevaluate the time constraints administration puts on environmental service workers to turn rooms faster.

No-touch disinfection such as Tru-D is one way that facilities can help to ensure the environment has been adequately disinfected.

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