The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every individual and business across Canada, and around the world. Commercial cleaning partners must be able to demonstrate that the cleaning services they provide are effective in limiting the spread of the disease. Commercial facility managers must have confidence that their cleaning partners are doing everything they can to stop the spread of the disease.
So, what can you do to make sure that your facility is protected against coronavirus? We’ve gathered the latest wisdom and advice from the world’s most credible sources to help you out.
Understanding the nature of coronavirus and how it’s spread at a commercial facility
The spread of Coronavirus can be prevented:
- By encouraging anyone who is sick to stay home.
- Asking that anyone who coughs, or sneezes use a tissue, and dispose of the tissue in the trash and then thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
At commercial facilities, such as healthcare facilities, cruise ships, daycares, schools, and retail stores, the above recommendations can be a challenge because of the large surface areas involved and the number of people. Wiping surfaces clean with what could be termed as simply a “spray-and-wipe” technique can result in potential “hit-and-miss”. Large areas that are difficult to cover as well as hard to reach spaces, do not get properly disinfected. Added to this, is the nature of how cleaning products and disinfectants work most effectively. Surfaces being treated must be completely coated and remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to ensure everything “sticks”. Ten minutes without interruption is a long time to wait in a public space.
What should I ask my commercial cleaning company to do?
This is where the choice of commercial cleaning services can make a big difference at your commercial facility. How well is your commercial cleaning partner cleaning, and are they using the latest cleaning technologies?
First of all, it is critical that cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces is done with an EPA-registered disinfectant. Cleaners on the list are registered against common pathogens. The current list includes those qualified for use against coronavirus.
Second, in accordance with directions from the World Health Organization, procedures must be thorough:
“…environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures should be followed consistently and correctly. Thorough cleaning of environmental surfaces with water and detergent and applying commonly used hospital level disinfectants (such as sodium hypochlorite) is an effective and sufficient procedure.”
Third, is the commercial cleaning company using innovative infection prevention and control methods such as electrostatic disinfection?
How Electrostatic Disinfection Can Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus in Your Facility.
Electrostatic spraying is the process of applying a charged liquid (the disinfectant) to a surface. A charge is induced on the liquid droplets as they are formed, just before exiting the sprayer nozzle. When the charged droplets approach a surface, they create an opposite charge on the surface. This action dramatically increases droplet attraction and attachment to surfaces.
With electrostatic disinfection, every surface is able to be coated in less time and with better outcomes. The system is also highly efficient – able to disinfect up to 18,000 ft2 in one hour.
A comprehensive study by the EPA found that compared to traditional sprayer systems, electrostatic spray technology is more efficient, reduces waste, and delivers a more uniform distribution of liquids over uneven surfaces.
Those who’ve been on the front-line fighting spread of deadly outbreaks of disease around the world using electrostatic disinfection attest its effectiveness.
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, The Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami sent in teams to help with the recovery effort. One of the priorities was to treat hospitals with disinfectant in order to stop the rapid spread of disease. The team utilized electrostatic technology to do the job, reporting zero incidents of outbreak with no cross contamination. The same technology has been incorporated into their new Ebola emergency management protocols for total surface protection.
Kleenway’s commercial cleaning and janitorial service delivery teams attest to the effectiveness of this technology for larger commercial and retail facilities. The Electrostatic Spray System from ByoPlanet® is Kleenway’s preferred product and vendor partner for this valuable process.
In the words of Bill Germanis, President of Kleenway Services:
“The superior technology behind the ByoPlanet® system, combined with consistent, proper use of the application, gives us the confidence to assure our clients that everything has been done to properly clean, disinfect and combat pathogens—during times of regular cleaning, and during times like this when preventing the spread of Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind.”
Looking for more resources on COVID-19
The following are recommended sources for reliable, up-to-date information on coronavirus and how to prevent its spread:
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