April 2, 2020 // 3:55 PM

Keeping our Environment Healthy and Clean

Written by Juanita Fox

Garden Spot Village Environmental Services Team is on the front lines of keeping our community clean, safe and healthy every day—but especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before COVID-19 was breaking news, the Environmental Services team carefully cleaned public areas every day by wiping tables, dusting surfaces and vacuuming. Visitors frequently commented about the cleanliness of public spaces at Garden Spot Village—the campus was spotless!

COVID-19 Changes

One of the go-to cleaning supplies for the Garden Spot Environmental Services team for many years was Hillyard Arsenal #19, a Non-Acid Restroom Disinfectant/Cleaner. In mid-March, this hospital-grade disinfectant became even more critical to daily operations as the team increased their cleaning frequency and began to disinfect every touchable surface in public areas—including chairs, tables, doorknobs, light switches and more—with the cleaner each day.

Al Vega, environmental services director, also placed additional spray bottles with Hillyard Arsenal #19 in conference rooms, staff lounges and other high traffic meeting spaces, so team members and residents could also disinfect tables and chairs, as needed.

Also, five additional hand-sanitizing stations were placed throughout the building so residents and team members could quickly sanitize their hands as they were entering the building and before entering The Harvest Table, Refresh Coffee Bar, The Creamery and Terrace Dining Room.

Increased Cleaning Schedules

As the threat of the virus moved closer and Governor Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for Lancaster County on March 27, the environmental services team increased their cleaning schedule once more. Al says, “We are wiping down every high touch surface, from handrails, to elevator buttons, light switches, door handles, and the list goes on…every two hours throughout the building. It is a full time job, so we started our seasonal staff early. We even recruited the facility services team to do a round in the afternoon.”

With team work, creativity and high quality cleaning supplies, Garden Spot Village team members are dedicated to keeping our community safe, clean and healthy every day!