How do I prepare my workplace ahead of employees returning to work? Expert sanitisation advice from national commercial cleaning firm

As the UK begins its lockdown exit and employees start to go back into the workplace, ensuring that the nation’s offices, staff welfare areas and factories are clean and safe is a top priority for employers across the country.

With more than 50 years’ experience in the commercial cleaning industry, MD of Lightowler - one of the UK’s longest running facilities management companies, established over 160 years ago - Peter Dorsett provides his advice for employers preparing their workplaces for employees’ imminent return to work.

What areas of my workplace need cleaning?

Everything! Every surface in your workplace needs to be sanitised before staff go back. From keyboards, computer screens and desk chairs to heavy equipment, machinery and tools, everything that comes into human contact needs to be cleaned - and cleaned thoroughly.

There are sections of commercial buildings that sometimes get left when it comes to ‘everyday’ cleaning. Commonly forgotten areas that need to be thoroughly sanitised include telephone headsets, office chairs, lifts, inside work vehicles and underneath desks.

What if my staff haven’t reported any cases of coronavirus, do I still need to clean my workplace before everyone returns?

Just because your staff haven’t reported any cases of coronavirus doesn’t mean that they aren’t returning to work asymptomatic and carrying the virus without their knowledge. A clean working environment – where a lot of us spend the majority of our time - is critical to reduce the spread, so I would recommend a thorough clean and sanitisation of your workplace, whether you’ve had any reported cases or not.

Going without is just not worth the risk.

How should workplaces be cleaned moving forwards?

It’s true what they say: ‘prevention is better than cure’. Just because we’re returning to work doesn’t mean the virus has disappeared, so we need to be careful and continue with our heightened levels of attention to hygiene.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, we launched an ‘Electrostatic Sanitisation Surface Clean’ service. This revolutionary new cleaning method involves trained, protected staff spraying an electrostatically charged mist across surfaces and objects using a portable spray pack.

The positively charged particles cling to every surface they touch, killing viruses and bacteria.

We’ve already used it at a variety of businesses and organisations – from the sanitisation of refuse vehicles and call centres to the cleaning of office spaces all over the country. It’s even being used by TfL to sanitise London’s tubes.

It’s a quick process with minimal disruption, with the solution taking just 10 minutes to dry. So it’s a great way to prepare your business to reopen as and when you get the green light to do so.

Taking care of business since 1850. Get in touch to see how we can help - the Lightowler way! Call 01482 308519 or email

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