Surface cleaning wipes have become one of the most important items to have on hand in the workplace due to the increased focus on cleanliness in the wake of COVID-19. Using these products to wipe away germs is a key strategy to keep an environment as sterile as possible.
However, the wipes industry continues to be challenged with rising demand and not enough supply. A variety of factors are contributing to the shortage. According to Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of the American Cleaning Institute, restrictions placed on factories in China that manufacture cleaning wipes have made it harder to obtain certain ammonium compounds, the chemicals that allow certain wipes to disinfect. Cleaning wipe materials are also being diverted to make other kinds of products, such as PPE, contributing to the scarcity.
Adding to the severity of the situation are COVID-19 outbreaks in places that have started to open. States with spikes are grabbing the limited supply that is available to consumers, preventing the overall demand in the marketplace from being met. The shortage is likely to get worse in the coming months. Linda Rendle, Clorox’s CEO posits that, between the upcoming cold and flu season and the continued presence of COVID-19, supply for cleaning wipes will continue to be low.
Due to this ongoing shortage, the market has been flooded with new products to meet the demand, creating confusion as to what wipes can perform what type of cleaning, and which are effective against COVID-19. With these new options available, it’s important to pick the right wipe for the job.
As part of you party plan, be sure to recruit volunteers for post-party clean-up. The more the merrier! Have a plan of attack. Start by picking up stray plates, cups and napkins, then work "Top to bottom" for the most efficient cleaning:
Items you might need:
Heavy Duty Trash Liners GJO 01534
Febreze Fabric Refresher PGC 85837
Lorell Ultra-Lite Banquet Tables LLR 66651
Paper Towels GJO 24080
Lysol Wipes 3 pack RAC 82159
This spring you might want to think about a fresh start...like emptying the last year's worth of crap in your junk drawer, organizing your files, and taking home any unneeded clutter. In my previous office days, we had an official cleaning day. It was actually a lot of fun and we got a TON done. In the end, I think we had better peace of mind and higher productivity because of our newly cleansed office space. Here are some cleaning ideas we used:
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Back-to-School season is a good time of year for all of us to get organized. I took the liberty (and channeled my former office worker self) to interview my friend, Hannah, who also happens to be a professional organizer. Did you know there was such a thing?! For those of us who are not-so-organizationally or spatially inclined, or are just plain messy, Hannah offers some great tips for my "duh" sounding questions:
Me: I can't even see my desk because it's covered in stuff. Where/how do I start?
Hannah: Start by sorting the easiest pile for you to trash or shred. This will make you feel accomplished so you avoid getting overwhelmed and quitting halfway through the organizing project. I suggest finding a clear spot on your desk or the floor to lay your papers into categories as you sort. This will help you visually see what you have before you start creating a filing system. Be sure that your file categories make sense for your specific paper needs, and label your folders clearly.
Me: Soooo much paper--how do I keep it in order?
Hannah: Once you get a filing system set up and all of your papers in order, spend 5 minutes every day sorting and filing your current papers. That way you won't get overwhelmed with growing piles of paperwork on your desk. I suggest keeping a stapler handy to attach groups of papers as soon as you get them so they are sure to stay together. Once or twice a year, reevaluate your filing system. Determine what works, what doesn't work, and throw out files that are obsolete.
Tip: Always open mail as soon as you get it and immediately throw out junk mail and any empty envelopes.
Tip: Reduce the paper flow and opt out of getting junk mail using handy apps like PaperKarma.
Me: I have a million pens-where do I put these?
Hannah: Get rid of some of them! Spend 15 minutes testing them out, and only keep the ones that you like and that actually work. It is surprisingly relaxing! Then find a container to keep on your desk and resolve to never get more pens than can fit in that container.
Me: There is so much RANDOM stuff-staples, pushpins, stickers, tape, cards, etc. around. How do I find a place for these items?
Hannah: If you have drawers, invest in some drawer organizers with multiple sections in a variety of sizes. They are perfect for keeping your office supplies neat and organized. If drawer space is scarce, find some desktop containers to contain your office supplies. Be sure to purchase containers that fit your style- if you love them, you will use them!
Me: How do I know what to throw away and what to keep?
Hannah: Now that most documents can be accessed on a computer or online, it is not necessary to keep as many paper files. As a rule, the IRS says tax-related documents should be kept for 7 years. You can keep the following documents for a year or less: bank records, bills, receipts, and pay check stubs. Be sure to shred anything that has personal information!
Me: I can't see what's in my file folders. Help.
Hannah: If file folders aren't your thing, I suggest using horizontal desktop paper trays or mounted wall files. Both are great options for visual people, as they allow you to easily see your files and access them quickly. I like to use file folders for long-term file storage and these more accessible options for daily paper flow.
Hannah Marsden is a Chicago-based professional organizer for Chicago Anytime Assistants, a company offering personal assistants that specialize in errand services, professional organizing, and moving and relocation.
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