In addition to stepped up personal hygiene practices, following are useful elevator cleaning tips for your building services team:
First: lock the elevator before cleaning the car station, so that it doesn’t respond to accidental calls.
Use microfiber cloths. They are effective for removing dust, dirt, hair and other particles that collect around elevator buttons and light fixtures.
Do not use sponges – they contain moisture and bacteria, as well as other particles that can damage components.
Use alcohol-free and non-abrasive cleaning solutions. Alcohol can damage painted surfaces and degrade plastic components.
For Stainless Steel fixtures or walls, you can use a cleaning formula developed specifically for Stainless Steel that will remove water spots, polish the surface and help protect against rust.
Do not spray cleaner directly onto the buttons. Spray or apply the cleaning solution onto a paper towel or microfiber cloth for wiping down the elevator.
Don’t allow moisture/cleaning to solution to get inside the control panel or collect around buttons.
A disinfectant such as Lysol or other antibacterial cleaner can be used in the same way – spray it onto a clean cloth and then wipe the elevator buttons.
Avoid cleaning solutions that leave a strong odor that lingers in the cab.
Consider covering buttons with plastic.
Keep a log visible and update with cleaning visits.