We have lived in unprecedented times since March 2020, when the outbreak of the Coronavirus hit the world, and Montgomery County, Maryland is no exception. Since last May, SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney – part of a national company that provides fire & water cleanup and restoration, as well as mold & biohazard remediation – kicked off a certified cleaning program designed to provide communities with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized and disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens.
The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program allows business and company locations to address the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a level of clean that goes beyond janitorial and carpet cleaning. It is “proactive viral pathogen cleaning.” Our crews use multiple cleaning steps to ensure a space is thoroughly disinfected. For example, our Electrostatic Disinfectant Spray and our fogging system use non-toxic, EPA-registered proprietary cleaning disinfectants that kill 100 percent of bacteria & viruses when applied at full strength. And we include ALL areas that may be overlooked by janitorial cleaners.
In offices & classrooms, we also wipe down and disinfect door knobs, light switches, office chairs, computers, phones, etc… In retail spaces, we not only disinfect counters and other surfaces, but also focus on shelving, racks, drawers, carpets & rugs, even toilet flush handles. In kitchens and break or coffee rooms, we won’t miss cabinets, faucets, sinks, light switches, knobs and any hard-to-reach spots.
The Rockville franchise, as well as our other recently-acquired SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E, have been quite busy with our disinfecting service as businesses small & large are bringing back their workforce. When businesses choose us, their employees, customers and community can rest assured they’ve selected a higher standard of clean – Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC). Our goal: to help keep our communities safe and protected during this pandemic.
How would you know if a business has had a SERVPRO-certified cleaning? If a structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure, as well as a separate window decal that is dated by our crews to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe. Our CSC program will give patrons and employees peace of mind that the space has been protected by SERVPRO, an authority on what it means to be clean.
Businesses & companies preparing to reopen their doors are encouraged to reach out to us 24/7, as we are happy to discuss the 3 C’s: Consult, Clean and Certify. We can create a custom cleaning plan for the business or property owner, followed by our best-in-class cleaning and disinfecting services, and finishing with a certification they can share with their patrons and staff. Rest assured all our crew members and products adhere to Centers for Disease Control and local cleaning guidelines.
We are independently owned and operated, going on 41 years, and are always here to help! Reach us 24/7 at 301-340-1313.
About the Author
Trinh Le is part of the marketing team at SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney/ Silver Spring North. She is the former real estate editor for The Gazette, a group of community newspapers owned by the Washington Post Co., and had been a news reporter and editor for over two decades before that. She still writes & edits on a freelance basis. She & her husband both work in Rockville and enjoy road trips and camping with their college-age son.