Las Gaviotas Rentals provides assurance to guests at this time.
Once a property has been correctly disinfected, the only people occupying the property are our guests themselves.
If you will be traveling to Las Gaviotas soon feel comfortable knowing that your Las Gaviotas rental will be correctly disinfected.
Although we already had high cleaning standards in place, we know that disinfection requires an additional level of attention to detail and conscientiousness about how germs are spread.
Beyond the current COVID-19 coronavirus, disinfection is an excellent practice during the flu and cold season to keep both our guests and our cleaners healthy.
Here’s what we do to add to our process to properly disinfect our rentals.
How Does Disinfection Prevent the Spread of Illness?
For many illnesses, including the coronavirus, people can spread infection before they themselves show symptoms. Transmission is possible through tiny respiratory particles that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
If the infected person coughs directly onto a surface, that is an obvious infection site. Less obviously, if an infected person rubs their mouth and then touches a surface, that site is also infected. It’s surprisingly easy to transfer respiratory particles from person to person.
The typical short-term rental cleaning job will sanitize many surfaces in the property, but it may miss many of the “high-touch” areas of the property that need to be disinfected to prevent infection. That’s why adding steps to your cleaning process is essential.
Protecting Our Cleaners First
As it is possible to transmit this virus from a surface the previous guest touched to our cleaners, we make sure our cleaners are protected. This is why our cleaners wear gloves to avoid touching their face while cleaning.
Our cleaners also wear disposable or homemade masks to prevent the spread of the virus in case they are an asymptomatic carrier.
Our cleaners do not work at all if they have symptoms of COVID-19. It’s highly contagious and our cleaners understand that they pose a risk to others if they clean our properties while infected.
Before beginning to clean any property, cleaners are required to:
- Wash their hands immediately on arrival, following correct procedure for hand-washing
- Wash their mobile phone with soap and water (this is important because cleaners often use their phones during a clean to listen to music or podcasts or to communicate with family/friends or us here at Las Gaviotas Rentals.
- Put on sanitary gloves and mask
Now that our cleaners are ready to clean, let’s talk about what new tasks they have added to their process.
What We Sanitize
Many of the surfaces in your property simply need to be sanitized. Sanitization means reducing contamination or bacteria on a surface to a safe level. A safe level is pretty darn safe: sanitizers kill or render inactive 99.9% of all known bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
We sanitize all linens at the property (as well as throw blankets!).
Similarly, we sanitize all of your dishes and flatware – not just the ones that the guest used. A guest will touch many of the available forks while rustling around for the one they want – we make sure those forks have been through the dishwasher.
Our dishwashers have a sanitization setting, which simply means the water is hot enough to kill 99.9% of bacteria. This is 150 degrees Fahrenheit; 65 degrees Celsius.
Sanitization is perfectly reasonable for the vast majority of surfaces – one of the reasons handwashing is so effective at fighting against COVID-19 is that soap and water disrupt the virus.
However, some surfaces get more contact and deserve more attention than others. Which is when we turn to disinfection.
What We Disinfect
Disinfection means killing everything on a particular surface which means we use stronger cleaning products.
We make sure our cleaner is using an approved disinfecting product. The Center for Biocide Chemistries has produced a list of products that can be used to disinfect against COVID-19. We make sure the cleanser we are using is safe for the surface we intend to use it for. Bleach products, for example, are not safe for some surfaces.
We make sure the cleaner knows the correct “dwell time” for the product they are using. The dwell time or contact time is the amount of time the product needs to sit on the surface to be effective. It is listed on the label of the product.
We disinfect entirely the room where bodily fluids are most likely to linger – the bathroom. Every surface in the bathroom is disinfected with an approved cleanser.
Las Gaviotas Rentals also disinfects high-touch points in our properties which include:
- Light switches, outlets, lamp and fan pull-chains and switches
- Window sill pulls and handles
- Cabinet pulls and knobs
- Controls for large appliance and electronics (washer and dryer, dishwasher, stove)
- Controls and cords for plug-in appliances and electronics (coffee maker, toaster, television, hairdryer)
- Temperature controls
- Hangers and luggage racks
- Bureau drawer knobs or pulls
- Remote controls
- Stair railings and outdoor porch railings
Commonly overlooked but critical disinfection areas:
- Indoor trash bins (we disinfect the entire outside and inside of the bin)
- We disinfect all cleaning supplies (dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, and sponges)
After completion, our cleaner walks through the property and disinfects all doorknobs and handles. This step is done last, as it is easy to re-infect a doorknob as the cleaner goes in and out of rooms to complete the cleaning process.
Finally, we make sure your entry process is disinfected. The keypad is disinfected to make sure our guest arrives in a pristine property.
Update by the Las Gaviotas HOA with regards to the complex and COVID-19.