Coming clean about cleaning products
Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB—a veterinary architect and Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference educator—loves cleaning because it makes lives better for veterinarians. They themselves don’t usually do the cleaning, but their staff does, and having a clean facility is really important to everyone involved. Having a space that smells good is good for customer service, but it’s also about having a great place for the patients that stay in your hospital.
And one of the most exciting things happening right now in cleaning and sanitation is the new probiotic solutions coming to market, says Lewis. Cleaning solutions—like Z-ProBiotic products, for example—take the place of harmful bacteria and eat the food source that create these awful biofilms on surfaces that are hard to clean. These new probiotic cleaners are therefore creating environments that are actually cleaner and help support the cleaning technology, she says.
Scratching the surface of the topic of cleaning products can be sticky—literally. Maybe scratch a little harder, Lewis says. Or maybe ditch those outdated cleaning products and methods and switch to something better for your clinic space, staff and your patients.
Remember, these solutions don’t replace cleaning and sanitation, but they enhance it. And one of the things that Lewis likes about what they will do for animals is creating spaces that are much more odor free, environmentally friendly and therefore much better all-around for patients.