HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — Despite the difficulties of purchasing supplies, the Valley’s cleaning service industry is changing the way it does business in an effort to keep its doors open.
Between Hidalgo and Cameron counties, some businesses are accepting residential calls and others are temporarily shutting down home services to avoid the risk of spreading COVID-19.
However, the majority are responding to commercial property decontamination, electrostatic and deep cleaning service requests to rid public spaces of possible viral contamination.
Sirbruda Bright is the owner of Bright Cleaning Services in McAllen. He says one of the best methods for surface cleaning is to apply disinfectant on a surface after cleaning it.
“We understand that it’s not just the spray and wipe method that you have to do now. You really have to follow the instructions on…tool[s] you are using.”
He adds that allowing the proper chemical to sit for ten minutes before wiping a surface is another technique.
If you cannot afford deep cleaning services, professionals say it’s important to keep in mind to disinfect frequently touched surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches and handles.
If you are a front line first responder, Bright Cleaning Services is offering a round of free cleaning. Click here to learn more.
PANDEMIC IMPACT AND THE CLEANING SERVICE INDUSTRY
Across the Rio Grande Valley, hundreds of local businesses are faced with making tough decisions to keep their doors open including the cleaning service industry.
While many owners expected business growth, many are seeing an increase in job application submissions.
Jonathan Rodriguez is the Human Resource Coordinator of Super Clean Service in Harlingen. He and his colleagues are experiencing an uptick of job seekers inquiring about employment.
The majority of them come from the customer service industry looking to gain total or supplemental income.
“I’m surprised…we’ve had people come in from the hotel industry, people coming in from the restaurant industry, people who’ve come in from the restaurant industry and…each one is trained in different parts of the cleaning business, and they all bring something special,” Rodriguez explained.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) if you are unemployed and in need of assistance, apply for benefits as soon as you are unemployed, because your claim will start the week you complete the application.
TWC officials ask that you keep in mind that you cannot apply for unemployment until after your last workday.