What are disinfecting services?
Disinfecting services are cleaning procedures that utilize a antimicrobial disinfectant or quat anitizing. According to the EPA, a disinfectant is an antimicrobial pesticide used on inanimate surfaces and objects to destroy or irreversibly inactivate microorganisms. Disinfectants are distinguished into two categories, hospital type and general use (household). Disinfecting services for commercial facilities should use hospital type disinfectants that are used for infection control.
The disinfecting cleaning procedures used can vary depending on the facility, tools, chemical, even company providing the service ranging from deep cleaning, disinfectant fogging and electrostatic-sprayer dispersal.
Does a suspected/confirmed coronavirus exposure in a building require HAZMAT cleaning?
According to the
OSHA, HAZMAT cleaning protocols are not needed for facilities exposed to coronavirus. Most professional disinfection services utilizing EPA N List chemicals meet the guidelines outlined by these organizations, including coronavirus cleaning and disinfecting services.
Why should soiled areas be cleaned prior to disinfecting?
Cleaning soiled surfaces prior to disinfecting allows the disinfectant to work more effectively. If you have a layer of dust, dirt or oils, this creates a barrier between the surface and the disinfectant which prohibits the disinfectant from destroying or inactivating the microorganisms on the surface face.
How much do commercial disinfecting services cost?
Of course, as most services do, disinfecting services price ranges vary based on location and size. It can also depend on the type of facility and the potential risk involved. Disinfecting services pricing is usually calculated based on square footage. For example, we calculate pricing based on square footage typically ranging between $.08 - $.17 per square foot for spaces larger than 5,000 sqft.
Some companies can charge up to $2.50 per square foot. Testing services are notincluded in sq.ft pricing.
When should you disinfect your business?
There are multiple occasions when someone should use disinfecting services at their business, and an outbreak is definitely one of them. Recurring disinfecting services benefit high traffic businesses who see a lot of customers and/employees on a daily basis. Additionally, those facilities like doctors' offices, clinics, and hospitals that need to be concerned with infection control benefit from recurring services.
For the Coronavirus crisis, it is important to get your facility disinfected if you have a suspected/confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 exposure. This means you know, or suspect, an employee or customer came into your business while infected with the virus. Disinfecting services are also important for “essential businesses” who need to stay open to support public needs; this so they can remain open and productive for the benefit of not only their business, their employees, but the general good as well.
What should businesses do to prepare to re-open after coronavirus?
As businesses prepare to reopen after the coronavirus outbreak, it would be advisable to get a disinfection service conducted at your facility prior to doors-open and your employees return. There is still not enough data to know how long the coronavirus COVID-19 lives on surfaces, it ranges from hours to days on different materials according to the CDC, and you want to help assure the health and safety of your customers and employees upon their return.
It is important to note that disinfecting services are viable until a surface comes into contact with human touch or fluids, so if you can guarantee no one is going to your business during your state’s stay-at-home period, it is beneficial to jump on these services prior to the expected rush once the orders are lifted.
You may also want to consider adding, or increasing the frequency of your janitorial services. Customers and employees are going to be very conscious (and thankful) of your efforts in this regard after experiencing such a dramatic period. It also helps us all reduce the opportunities for the coronavirus's resurgent return if we all have better health and cleanliness habits.
How do you verify if the right disinfectants are being used to combat coronavirus COVID-19?
The EPA has released List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. This is a list of primary EPA chemical registrations that have been deemed effective against “Emerging Pathogens”, or those viruses more hard-to-kill or similar to coronavirus COVID-19. You can verify the chemicals used in your facility are listed in two ways: by either finding the EPA’s Emerging Pathogen disclosure/badge on the label or by comparing the first two sections of the EPA Registration number and comparing it with the chemicals on List N. More information can be found on the EPA’s FAQ Page
What is the difference between sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization?
Sanitation is another word for cleaning. Both words have the same meaning; removing visible contamination and debris and dramatically lowering the number of germs on the surface.
Disinfection is the destruction of viruses, bacteria, and fungi on surfaces. Proper disinfection leaves a surface highly unlikely to transmit infection or cause disease. Disinfection is only for non-living surfaces because disinfectants are damaging to living skin.
Sterilization is the complete destruction of all microscopic life on a surface. Hospitals use sterilization on surgical tools.
How is the shield antimicrobial surface treatment different from traditional disinfectant
So think of it as, if a virus, pathogen, bacteria, or fungi is PRESENT on a surface then traditional disinfectant will kill those cells after contact after when properly applied and diluted. The problem with these traditional disinfectants is that you MUST reapply the disinfectant often because that same area can be reinfected or reintroduced to that same virus or pathogen immediately after cleaning, and stay alive on some surfaces for days until you reapply the disinfected again.
Our Shield Disinfectant allows you though to protect a surface for days or weeks, so viruses, pathogens, bacteria, or fungi that land or are deposited on that Shield treated surface will die on contact instead of surviving and waiting to attach itself to a host (humans).
You can still use your traditional disinfectant over the top of this antimicrobial surface treatment, so you do not need to change your daily cleaning or disinfecting routine, this will just provide an additional barrier of protection on all treated surfaces.
Where can you apply the Shield Disinfectant?
Shield Disinfectant is a antimicrobial surface treatement that can be applied to surfaces like as handles, door knobs, flooring, cabinets and other surfaces like; showers, countertops, lighting and plumbing fixtures, flooring, carpets, equipment, walls, and more.
How does the Shield Disinfectant work?
Shield Disinfectant forms a positively charged polymer that bonds to any treated surface on a molecular level. Think of it as moleular sized "sandpaper", that tears away at the surfaces of microorangisms and then charges or poisons those cells. The "sandpaper" still remains on the surface for weeks continuing to kill those microorganism cells until eventually the surface is no longer "effective" in killing those cells.
How is Shield Disinfectant different from other antimicrobial chemicals?
Traditional antimicrobial chemicals are designed to act quickly and loose effectiveness just as fast. Commercial antimicrobial treatments and chemistries do a decent job at killing these fungi, bacteria, and some microorganisms, but they just loose effectiveness to quickly.
The Shield Disinfectant includes all the benefits of these traditional chemicals, but it provides prolonged effectivness of this treatment, allowing you to have that same protection for days and even weeks at a time.