As the coronavirus has been identified as an enveloped virus, similar to influenza, we have proven cleaning methodologies and protocols which we can bring to bear as we try to combat its spread. However, the amount of misinformation or misuse of industry terminology by official bodies and by many cleaning customers is leading to greater confusion, higher risk of spread, and a higher potential for customer dissatisfaction.
Here’s what you need to explain to end customers to ensure less risk and happier clientele.
What Is Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting? Which Is Most Appropriate?
What is cleaning? Cleaning ensures that all surfaces and entities are disinfected and free from bad germs. In contrast to disinfection, which is done to destroy bacteria and viruses, sanitizing is gentler, it just lowers the level of biological agents on an object to a safe level. At this time, we do not know what a safe level of sanitizing for COVID-19 is. Therefore, disinfection will inactivate/destroy the virus if the appropriate procedures and chemicals are used.
Sanitization vs Disinfection
Sanitizing and disinfecting products are chemicals that work for the purpose of killing these types of germs. These chemicals are also called antimicrobial pesticides. They are regulated by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (or similar agencies in other states) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Sanitizing is a method that focuses on chemical solutions or tools, similar to a mop and bucket and chemicals, that reduce the number of germs on surfaces to appropriate levels considered safe by public health standards, including requirements from the CDC and other agencies. Sanitizing products, in almost all cases, include labels that instruct consumers on what surfaces they are intended to be used on.
Disinfectants kill more germs than sanitizers. Sanitizing kills most germs but not all of them. Disinfection is the strongest and best cleaning approach when it comes to detailed cleaning because it kills 99% of germs. A total disinfection cleaning strategy, can be applied to the whole room quickly and efficiently.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Cleaning Tips
For COVID-19, you need to disinfect surfaces, objects, and other commonly touched items that may be contaminated due to the novel coronavirus. Many different industries and areas, especially those that are not associated with healthcare/medical or occupied by citizens with lower immune systems, are really looking for an increased frequency of cleaning.
Again, a complete disinfection approach, it introduces the use (and need) of electrostatic sprayers to efficiently and safely disinfect and remove bad germs that are living on curved and hard-to-reach surfaces. This process allows for disinfection up to 80% more surface area in the same amount of time it would take with today’s inefficient ways of cleaning, including the use of buckets, rags, and related cleaning tools. This complete disinfection approach, also known as “360 disinfection”, moves and cleans dirty objects and surfaces from a 360-degree angle, disinfecting 100% of the area.
For example, the 360 methodology can be best applied to hospital and medical facility cleaning. According to industry sources, on average it takes about 30-45 minutes to fully clean and disinfect each patient room and turn for new patients, often called terminal cleaning. With the help of 360 disinfection, this process can be greatly reduced by up to 40%.
Call a Detroit Commercial Cleaning Provider
To help improve your cleaning processes, you need to rely on experienced Detroit commercial cleaning professionals. Call PROimage Facility Services today for more information about 360 disinfection and COVID 19 prevention.
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