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What exactly is a Cleanscore?

A Cleanscore is a proprietary aggregate of factors including before and after Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) testing and RLU measurements, the latest OSHA recommendations, as well as guidance from the CDC, the EPA/FDA, and others.

How does it work?

We conduct onsite ATP testing at your facility, swabbing a series of high-touch, high-traffic, or high-concern surfaces. Based on tests results, we provide you with a customized report that includes your Cleanscore and highlights key areas of concern. Next, we’ll provide a protocol of recommended steps you should take, areas of focus, and action items to improve your Cleanscore. Finally, we’ll provide training and certification for your staff, empowering them to better safeguard themselves, your patrons, and your environment moving forward. Finally, we can help connect you with Cleanscore certified vendors who can provide the equipment and staff you need to keep improving your score!

What is an ATP test?

ATP monitoring is a rapid testing method used to quickly assess the cleanliness of surfaces. ATP is present in all organic material and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells. The presence of ATP on a surface indicates improper cleaning and the presence of contamination, including food residue, allergens and bacteria. This implies a potential for the surface to harbor and support bacterial growth.

What is an RLU score?

Hygiena luminometers (in conjunction with ATP swabs) use bioluminescence to detect residual ATP as an indicator of surface cleanliness. Relative Light Units (RLUs) are used for most luminescence measurements and indicate how soiled a surface is. The ideal rating for all surfaces is below 30 RLUs and all surfaces used for food prep and service should measure below 10 RLUs.

How can I improve my Cleanscore?

There are a number of ways to improve your Cleanscore, and we can work with you on a customized approach that best meets the needs of your businesses. Typically, Cleanscore improvement is reached through a combination of activities – and ultimately, is the result creating and adhering to a defined protocol.  Activities may include regular deep cleaning and disinfection, training your staff in new protocolos, using the right equipment, and following best practices in cleaning techniquest, paying attention to high traffic or high touch surface areas.

How often should I check my Cleanscore?

Surfaces, especially in high traffic areas, are prone to continuous contamination as multiple individuals touch and handle them throughout the day. While the frequency of Cleanscore testing may differ by business, we typically recommend at least 4 tests per month to derive your average Cleanscore and create your report. Many businesses will benefit from more ongoing weekly tests, especially businesses providing food and beverage, or those experiencing times of peak occupancy or high activity.

How do I let my guests know I'm certified?

We will provide a Cleanscore certification sticker that you can prominently display to let staff and guests know that you are doing everything to ensure the safest environment possible.

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