21st Century Technology for Commercial Cleaning
The coronavirus pandemic has brought the importance of regular cleaning and disinfecting for both homes and businesses into the forefront. Companies eager to reopen are looking for the latest and most effective technologies. However, sometimes this can be easier said than done. Some unscrupulous commercial cleaning ventures are running slick campaigns promising advanced solutions for cleaning and disinfection. In actuality, some of these methods are unproven or underdeveloped. Here’s a quick overview of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to effectively cleaning and disinfecting your business.
The EPA List N
This is a list of disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency as being effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution, a two-in-one cleaner and disinfectant, is included on this list and features a 55-second kill-time against the virus.
Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation is an effective disinfection practice. However, because prolonged exposure to direct UV light can cause burns and skin cancer, UV lighting can only be used in empty rooms.
Antimicrobial Surface Protectant
These products are applied to surfaces and can provide protection against microbes for up to 90 days. At present, though, the EPA only recognizes these products as being effective against odor-causing bacteria, not viruses.
Sprayers and Foggers
These can help deliver more disinfectant to a wider area. Foggers can be an effective way to eliminate airborne pathogens and can deliver disinfectant to hard-to-reach areas like ceilings and underneath furniture.
Electrostatic Delivery Systems
These systems simultaneously spray and electrically charge disinfectant solutions. This electric charge helps the solution to coat surfaces more thoroughly, helping to kill more pathogens in the process.
Steam cleaners are particularly effective at reaching germs in porous materials like upholstery. However, steam can damage surfaces like wood so these cleaners should be used with caution.
This is by no means a comprehensive list but should give you a good overview of what’s available for your business should you decide to hire a commercial cleaning service. Consider the material needs of your specific business environment and remember to stick to those products that have been approved by the EPA as effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus for the safety of your customers and employees.