With trauma cleaning, fire and smoke damage recovery, and clearing up after flood or sewage spillage, we cover urgent university cleaning
We all know that life can be unpredictable, and we’ve certainly seen that over the past three years. In every environment, there are times when our clients need cleaning in a crisis. Universities are no exception to this. Whether it’s an accident or another incident, we’ve got the cleaning teams to be able to help. After all, our company name says it clearly: we’re here to react quickly and efficiently. Our cleaning operatives look beyond the everyday. In this blog, we look at three urgent university cleaning services that we can provide.
Rapid response cleaning when universities need it
With their busy campuses and buzzy student accommodation blocks, the UK has a total of 176 universities and other higher education institutions. We work with a number of academic institutions to provide a whole host of cleaning services. And when it comes to urgent university cleaning, we can respond to a range of different needs. We’re focusing on three here: trauma cleaning, recovery from limit fire and smoke damage, and clearing up after flood and sewage spillage.
Urgent university cleaning 1: trauma cleaning
REACT Specialist Cleaning is available for emergency cleaning in a crisis, when handling a situation with sensitivity is a paramount concern. Sadly, there are occasions when accidents and fatalities occur on campus or at student accommodation. At these challenging times, universities need a cleaning team with the highest credentials and experience. Whether it’s on campus at teaching facilities or in supported student accommodation, we can deliver the cleaning that’s needed in a crisis.
REACT's team are available 24/7 across the country, and we can provide a fast and respectful response in every situation. Our highly trained and fully vetted cleaning operatives clean and decontaminate the location. In cases of fatality, we ensure the body is handled and passed on with care, compassion and in accordance with the law. In the case of non-fatal accidents, we’ll safely remove hazardous, biohazardous, or pathological waste. And we know that this work can affect our operatives’ health and wellbeing too. So we provide extensive peer support and a dedicated helpline to debrief on and process the experience.
Urgent university cleaning 2: recovery from fire and smoke damage
Universities work hard to reduce the risk of fire affecting their buildings. But sometimes, their premises may be damaged by fire or smoke. One key concern is for human health, as inhalation of smoke can be hazardous. This harmful mixture of particles and gases inflames the lungs and airways and causes swelling which blocks oxygen absorption. Even after the fire is over, lingering smoke damage and exposure to soot can be harmful. Prompt deep cleaning is vital for university properties suffering smoke damage. This helps to address obvious damage, trapped soot and odours, and water and chemical damage from firefighting.
As experts in the field, REACT Specialist Cleaning knows to take the property as whole. Even if the fire was localised, smoke and soot can have travelled throughout the structure, affecting walls, carpet, upholstery, and other items. Soot is oily and stains very easily so removing it is always a priority. We use a variety of different methods to completely eradicate soot and smells, including air blasting, pressure washing, steam cleaning and dry soot sponging. For walls, we use a cleaning product such as trisodium phosphate (TSP) while being careful not to oversaturate. With furniture, we’ll be thorough but gentle, to ensure that we don’t strip off any finishes or cause further damage. And for textiles, including carpets, we’ll focus on cleaning and de-odorising, as the smell of smoke can linger.
Urgent university cleaning 3: flood and sewage clean-up
As the likelihood of extreme weather events across the UK increases, universities will have to deal with flood and sewage damage to their properties. In the event of a flood from whatever cause, it’s essential to take urgent action. Of course, water damage can be unsightly. But it also poses a potential risk to health, especially if there is raw or untreated sewage in the water. One way of limiting that damage in individual properties is to clean up quickly and thoroughly.
REACT Specialist Cleaning is available every day of the year to provide a fast and effective solution to flooding or sewage ingress. Our priority will always be to remove excess water and/or waste, to minimise the time that property spends underwater. Using advanced technology and equipment, our operators start by drying the premises. Once dry, we use leading-edge materials to clean and disinfect the affected areas thoroughly. We make every effort to save affected property, including furniture and fittings. And we enable our university clients to return students and staff to safe and hygienic environments as quickly as possible. We’ll help you keep calm and study.
To find out more about REACT Specialist Cleaning and our range of urgent university cleaning services, contact one of the team today.
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the CEO of REACT Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene, and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.