The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the state of the global economy by forcing all businesses that are deemed non-essential to either close their doors entirely or severely limit their operations.
Businesses that have been impacted the most by this pandemic include restaurants, bars, hair salons, nail salons, dry cleaners, learning institutions, medical clinics, dentist offices and government offices.
Worldwide lockdowns and strict restrictions have forced all business owners to adjust their business strategies to accommodate the new normal way of doing things and that includes paying closer attention and taking special sanitary precautions as they cautiously begin to reopen their businesses to the public.
Most importantly, thorough, and regular disinfection for coronavirus is essential to reducing and even preventing the spread of the disease in public places.
Disinfection for Coronavirus: What You Should Know
As you already know, the coronavirus, which is medically known as SARS CoV-2 or COVID-19, is a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus that has been perplexing the international healthcare industry since late November 2019. It was estimated to have originated in the small Chinese region of Wuhan Province and has since spread to over 200 countries worldwide to varying degrees.
In an attempt to ease some of the pressure placed on their healthcare systems, most countries that were severely impacted by the virus have taken strict measures to reduce the spread of the virus, including:
- Implementing partial or total lockdowns
- Encouraging citizens to adhere to social and physical distancing guidelines set out by leading healthcare professionals
- Asking the general public to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds
- Asking citizens to wear masks when in public
- Asking citizens to only go out when it’s absolutely essential (i.e. shopping for groceries)
As businesses slowly prepare to reopen in many parts of Ontario, it’s important for them to take strict precautions when it comes to COVID-19 disinfection practices to ensure the health and safety of their staff, their families, and their customers.
What Types of Surfaces Need Frequent Disinfection to Reduce Transmission?
Given the current state of the world, it’s important to meticulously disinfect as many surfaces as possible—particularly in public spaces. As the province of Ontario carefully enters into phase 2, more and more businesses will be allowed to reopen and resume operations under strict disinfecting and health-conscious guidelines.
All surfaces must be completely cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis to reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission. While public places like grocery stores are particularly susceptible to spreading the virus, it’s important to stay vigilant no matter where you are, even at home. Here are some of the surfaces the COVID-19 can live on and that should be disinfected often:
- Metal (e.g. door handles and knobs)
- Wood (e.g. doors, furniture)
- Cardboard (e.g. boxes)
- Copper (e.g. kitchenware)
- Glass (e.g. drinking glasses, cookware, store displays)
- Aluminum (e.g. foil, pop cans)
- Ceramics (e.g. countertops, pottery, dishes)
- Paper (e.g. documents, sticky notes)
- Electronics (e.g. keyboards, phones, and tablets)
The survival rate and timeframe for the coronavirus on any given surface may vary depending on the material, hygiene habits, and environmental factors. Regardless, all of these surfaces and materials should be properly disinfected on a regular basis.
Types of Disinfection Methods
Providing disinfection services for the coronavirus is a multi-step process that involves thorough health and safety assessments performed by professional cleaning services. Determining the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting method is also extremely important to ensure that the surface areas in question are safe to use.
With that in mind, there are two highly effective cleaning and/or disinfecting methods that can be used on a case-by-case basis: electrostatic disinfection and ultra-low volume (ULV) disinfection fogging.
First and foremost, companies that provide professional cleaning services will examine the property and surface areas that need to be cleaned by identifying key touchpoints that are used by both employees and the general public.
Cleaning professionals are well equipped with complete personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and minimize their risk of exposure to the virus.
Next, they will apply a powerful disinfectant solution to all the identified touchpoints and surface areas using state-of-the-art spray cleaning technology. Public restrooms and any other areas or surfaces that are exposed to human bodily functions will undergo especially thorough disinfection to prevent transmission through faecal micro-organisms and other harmful bacteria.
Electrostatic disinfection is an effective way to manually clean specific surface areas and even reach difficult or challenging to clean or disinfect areas while still allowing the operator to maintain a safe distance from potentially infected surfaces. The nozzle releases a powerful chemical solution with such force that the trajectory can successfully contact the surface area being cleaned.
Another advantage of this method is that the operator has greater control over the direction of the machine and the amount of disinfectant solution used on each surface to guarantee the ultimate disinfectant power through the opposition of negative and positive charges.
Ultra-Low Volume Disinfection Fogging
ULV disinfection fogging is another cleaning method that tackles the virus in an entirely different way. Ideal for large public spaces that accommodate numerous people on a daily basis, this method relies less on manual cleaning techniques and more on an overall yet thorough clean.
It involves using a fogging machine that creates a cloud of microscopic disinfecting droplets that are dispersed evenly throughout the property. Ultimately, ULV disinfection fogging helps eliminate most of the pathogens that are floating around in the air we breathe and live on the surfaces we touch.
ULV disinfection fogging is a good alternative for industrial settings and is best suited for hard surfaces such as corridors and benches, heavy equipment, garages, workshops, and large open areas such as shopping malls. Merchandise and electronics should be removed from the area before using the ULV fogging method.
GTA Property Service Group Inc. Provides Cleaning and Electrostatic Disinfecting Services
GTA Property Service Group Inc. is one of the leading professional cleaning services in Ontario. All of our lead technicians are trained and certified in Fundamentals of Infection Control during Construction, Renovation, and Maintenance of Healthcare Facilities. We have been in the business of cleaning commercial and residential properties for over 15 years and offer a variety of valuable services to suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more!