We have made a significant financial investment in electrostatic spray equipment that will allow us to disinfect large facilities at a rapid rate. The electrostatics sprayers add an electric charge to the disinfectant solution when they are sprayed. This makes the droplet of disinfectant electrically stronger than the surface or the item it is treating and reacts like a magnet. The solution we use cleans, disinfects, deodorizes and sanitizes a wide range of surfaces and has an alkaline pH proven to kill fungi, bacteria, and viruses such as COVID-19 Coronavirus, and many others.
How can we help if someone in your facility is diagnosed with COVID-19 Coronavirus
- We have made a significant financial investment in electrostatic spray equipment that will allow us to disinfect large facilities at a rapid rate.
- Our employees have been trained on the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as N95 Respirators, Tyvek suits, Facial Protection, etc., and are ready to respond to your call for more extensive disinfection.
- We have identified specific disinfectants that are compatible with our electrostatic spray equipment and have proven effective in killing the Human Coronavirus and many other bacteria, viruses and fungi.
We are committed to providing a clean and sanitary workplace for your employees, as well as additional services in the unfortunate event of employee Coronavirus Covid-19 infection. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and, rest assured, We will be staying on top of any updates that the CDC provides as they become available.
For more information about interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) go to the following link and follow the CDC guidelines closely.
Fill out our form immediately and alert us that an employee or other on-site provider has tested positive for Coronavirus COVID-19. To protect the privacy of employees, contractors, and other on-site consultants, please DO NOT disclose the identity(s) of individuals that have received positive test results. We will personally work with you to develop a site-specific plan, including an extensive overall cleaning and disinfection of your entire building.
Transparency is incredibly important to employees, especially when addressing workplace health and safety matters that affect the collective wellbeing. Some of your employees may be wondering how your organization is addressing Coronavirus COVID-19. Utilizing standard communication channels for companywide communication, we recommend that you inform your employees and other on-site personnel that you are utilizing a proactive approach by taking important steps that include cleaning and disinfecting common ‘touchpoints’ and other areas more stringently. Conveying a calm and clear message will minimize any sense of panic, provide reassurance, and hopefully, result in minimal disruption to company operations.
Commercial Cleaning and Janitorial Considerations Regarding COVID-19
As I write this, information is changing minute-by-minute. For very good reasons, there is a sea of data surrounding proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols during this crisis. The purpose of this document is to provide some very practical information for the present and future.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CLEANING AND DISINFECTING FOR COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
In a few words – cleaning removes germs, disinfecting kills germs
Cleaning works by using a detergent and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
WHAT YOUR JANITORIAL TEAM SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW FOR COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
In a few words – keep up normal cleaning duties and disinfect high touch surfaces daily
Depending on your setting, your outsourced or in-house janitorial team likely cleans most surfaces daily, and cleans and disinfects restrooms and break rooms daily. During normal flu season, your team likely disinfects high touchpoints such as doorknobs and door handles, light switches, handrails, and chair handles more frequently.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19
it is important to continue normal cleaning to remove any dirt and other soils before disinfecting. If a surface is not cleaned first, germs can hide under soils and reduce the effectiveness of the disinfectant. In addition, ask your team or vendor to disinfect high touch areas daily.
Disinfecting takes more time than cleaning because of “dwell time” (more on that later). As such, consider adding more team members to your janitorial crew for the short-term to clean and disinfect.
WHAT IS DWELL TIME AND WHY DOES IT MATTER FOR COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS?
In a few words – Dwell time is the amount of time a disinfectant must remain wet on a surface to effectively kill germs
For a disinfectant to be effective, it must remain wet on a surface for the recommended dwell time as determined by the chemical manufacturer. The average dwell time for a disinfectant will vary by the disinfectant type and by the germs you are trying to kill.
VERY IMPORTANT – Disinfectants which do not remain wet for the recommended dwell time do not kill as many germs and are considered ineffective. Our company typically uses a product called GS High Dilution Disinfectant 256 by Spartan Chemical. GS 256 requires a dwell time of 10 minutes in order to remain effective against the widest variety of bacteria and viruses.
METHODS OF DISINFECTING FOR COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
Generally speaking, there are two primary means of disinfecting. The first is a three-step process using a normal spraying device (e.g. spray bottle, backpack sprayer). In this method, an area is (1) cleaned properly, (2) disinfectant is sprayed and allowed to dwell properly, and then (3) surfaces are wiped.
A second method is a two-step approach using an electrostatic sprayer. An electrostatic sprayer applies a positive charge to the disinfectant which, when sprayed, coats the surface thoroughly, and coats all sides of the surface. So, in this two-step method, the area is (1) cleaned properly, and then (2) disinfectant is sprayed using an electrostatic sprayer and allowed to dwell properly. No wiping is required in this method.
COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Moving ahead, the following are suggestions as it relates to keeping your facility clean and safe:
Ask your cleaning team to continue their normal cleaning routine and continue to disinfect daily until such time that we have moved passed the flu and COVID-19 season (hopefully by no later than the end of April)
If your company/organization will be extending hours for the next few months (e.g. staying open longer, working weekends), meet with your janitorial team to ensure they have adequate staffing
Consider your janitorial budget for the remainder of the year and adjust as needed
Meet with your janitorial team to discuss how to best prepare for the possibility of another pandemic event in the future
Please keep in mind that there is talk that the number of Covid-19 cases will slow during the summer, only to return with a vengeance in the fall. Don’t just clean for appearance, clean to clean and disinfect!!