Sanitization business looks at cleaning in a different way during pandemic

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TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa area business has had to lean in to the new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

John Sooker, COO of Servpro, said the company has completed 18,000 COVID-19 related cleanup jobs since the pandemic started and it now makes up the bulk of their business.

“I don’t think businesses in any way can be lax, there’s too much risk,” Sooker said.

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The company has been in business of cleaning and sanitizing for more than 50 years. Right now, because of the pandemic, they are busier than ever.

Servpro follows CDC protocols and uses EPA-approved disinfectant.

They do standard cleaning for retail stores, restaurants, hotels and office buildings, and they are equipped head-to-toe in PPE, when they go in to sanitize businesses that have had confirmed COVID-19 cases

“It is very PPE intensive, but it is the most important work that we do,” Sooker said.

Sooker said you can use your senses to determine if the business you are visiting is taking sanitization seriously.

Look for people actively cleaning. Look for hand sanitizer stations and social distancing barriers or stickers. It should also smell clean.

Businesses can consult with Servpro and there are also resources available on the CDC website for employers and OSHA also offers guidance.