COVID-19 has been the villain of 2020, and has disrupted the lives of countless people across the globe. One of the most significant ways in which the novel coronavirus has changed daily life involves the cleaning requirements expected of businesses and homes that have come into contact with the virus, whether that is through an employee who has tested positive, a customer who has been identified via a contact tracer, or a family member or roommate who has come down with COVID-19.
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Master Restoration’s First Responders
Although much can be said for medical personnel, store workers, and gas station clerks who have put their lives on the line to keep countries running during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is also much to be said for the men and women responsible for cleaning and decontaminating areas with high levels of COVID-19 exposure, including homes, businesses, and healthcare facilities. These individuals are equipped with the tools and training necessary to kill and remove microbes, and are indispensable in keeping COVID-19 cases as low as possible. But what exactly do cleaning and disinfecting services entail?
Coronavirus Cleaning Services
Commercial and Residential coronavirus cleaning services come into a home or business to clean surfaces and remove debris to get rid of as many microbes and pathogens as possible. Cleaning can be a service in and of itself, and may involve a general wiping-down of surfaces and disposal of materials related to cleaning in appropriate biohazard waste receptacles. Cleaning alone is most often used in home settings that may not have had as wide a reach in coronavirus exposure, but is well complemented by disinfection.
During the cleaning process, a cleaning team will focus first on high-traffic areas, such as doorknobs, handrails, and other communal spaces, before moving to more complex and lesser-used areas, such as shelving units. Cleaning surfaces prior to disinfection removes dust, debris, and other grime that may easily harbor pathogenic material. After cleaning has been completed, the team will move on to disinfection.
Coronavirus Disinfecting Services
Coronavirus disinfecting services differ from cleaning services both in terms of the process and the end product. Disinfection is defined as the killing of pathogens and microbes, while cleaning is the removal of those pathogens and microbes. Cleaning and disinfection can be used in tandem, or may be used independently of one another. Disinfection involves using high-intensity, registered, and approved chemicals that are able to kill a broad spectrum of microbes to remove harmful or dangerous pathogens. Reputable cleaning companies, such as Master Restoration, rely on EPA-certified and FDA-approved cleaning products that are designed to kill a broad spectrum of contaminants, including viruses and bacteria.
Disinfection most commonly occurs following the cleaning process, and may involve several different steps. The first step is likely to be general surface disinfection, again focusing on high-traffic areas. After common surfaces have been disinfected, a fogging agent may be used to reach every possible surface for a minimum of five minutes, in order to kill all of the microbes and pathogens that may be lurking in the home or business. Once the five minutes have passed, the team will revert back to cleaning in order to remove disinfectants from surfaces and carefully dispose of all potentially contaminated materials.
Why Do You Need a Coronavirus Cleaning and Disinfecting Service?
Coronavirus cleaning and disinfecting services offer both cleaning (wiping down surfaces) and disinfecting (killing pathogens) to significantly reduce the likelihood that the virus will spread. These services are not intended to guarantee a virus-free or sterile environment, but are instead designed to greatly reduce the existence of pathogenic material in a home or business and prevent further transmission following COVID-19 exposure.
Effective cleaning and disinfecting requires proper training and the use of appropriate chemicals and cleaning materials, including CDC approved and EPA registered chemicals designed to wipe out a broad spectrum of microbes, including the coronavirus. Proper training involves the use of adequate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and OSHA certification in decontamination practices. When used in conjunction with one another, commercial and residential coronavirus cleaning and disinfecting can kill, remove, and properly dispose of pathogens linked to COVID-19. These services can be used to adequately prepare a business or healthcare facility following exposure to COVID-19, or can be used to clean and disinfect a home after an individual or family has had the virus, to reduce the likelihood of re-infection. Cleaning and disinfecting services can be used once after a specific COVID-19 exposure, or may be used on a continual basis to make sure any possible exposures are kept to a minimum.
Master Restoration boasts a team of highly skilled and trained professionals who use appropriate personal gear (also called PPE) to make sure contact with the home or business is kept to a minimum. Our team members are trained in decontamination practices approved by OSHA, and utilize chemicals that are not only FDA-approved, but are also certified by the EPA for use against a broad spectrum of pathogens, including the virus responsible for COVID-19 transmission.