Elevators are pretty much COVID-19’s best friend. They bring a bunch of people together in a little box for a short trip that could have long-lasting consequences.
If somebody coughs or sneezes during the trip, little COVID hooligans are practically dancing a jig. Even if they don’t get somebody already in the elevator, they can live for between 3 and 7 days on stainless steel. They’ve got time to wait for the next unsuspecting victim to enter the space.
But not if you know how to properly sanitize an elevator and keep it COVID clean! Let’s look at how to do it.
Obviously, one of the biggest concerns is the elevator buttons. This is a high-traffic surface, leading the way to spreading the virus. All a rider has to do is touch a contaminated button and then touch their face and the virus has a way to make its unwelcome entrance.
Thus, the buttons are of particular concern. Some have thought to cover the buttons with plastic wrap. Unfortunately, the virus has a similar life on plastic as it does on stainless steel, so this is not recommended.
Instead, regular cleaning is recommended to keep the buttons free of the virus as much as possible. How often this must be done depends on how often the elevator is in use. A residential home elevator will require less cleaning than one in a busy commercial establishment.
For normal conditions, the recommendation is twice per day. In particularly busy areas or an area where the risk of exposure to the virus is higher (such as in a hospital), the elevators should be cleaned more often. Also, if high-risk people often use the elevator, such as in a nursing home, it should be cleaned more frequently.
How to Properly Clean the Buttons
Unfortunately, this regular cleaning can cause damage to the buttons and their components if liquids trickle in behind the buttons. This can cause the buttons to stick or even damage the wiring. Thankfully, this can be avoided by proper cleaning techniques.
Use ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol of at least 70% and avoid harsh chemical cleaners. Don’t leave the cleaning agents on the metal for long periods of time as it can damage the surfaces.
From about 12 inches away, spritz the fixtures at a downward angle with your cleaning product. Alternatively, spritz your cleaning cloth first and wipe the surface without spraying cleaner directly on it. Regardless, be sure to finish up with a clean, dry cloth to soak up any excess liquid.
Keeping Your Elevator Clear From COVID
This virus has taken the world by storm and while some folks might be more encouraged to take the stairs, elevators are still a necessary part of mobility in our multi-story buildings. You can keep it safer for the customers or residents of your building by keeping the elevator sanitized and squeaky clean.
Be sure to provide hand sanitizer at the doors so people can clean off their hands as they enter the building. This will help to keep your elevator buttons — and everything else in your building — clear of COVID-19.
Ascension Elevators is a residential and home elevator company that has a passion for people. It comes out in their superior service and commitment to helping people easily and safely reach every corner of their homes. Already a knowledgeable industry leader, they are constantly innovating and coming up with new ideas to help people access everywhere. If you need to go up — or down, as the case may be — Ascension Elevators will make sure you get there safely.