In these unprecedented times and as part of the effort to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, restoration companies are responding to the current global pandemic by offering a commercial cleaning and sanitizing solutions in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. Before going any further, if you need information about COVID19 resources for the State of Nevada besides property cleaning, please visit the following site: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
Questions to ask a company providing disinfectant cleaning services
When you talk with a restoration company about a disinfectant solution for your business, make sure they are a reputable restoration company with a history of working with viral cleaning issues. Here are some questions you should ask
- What is your disinfectant cleaning processes for businesses?
- What disinfectant cleaning products do you use?
- Are the disinfectant cleaning products registered with the EPA for use against Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- What are the differences in your approach to preventative disinfectant cleaning as opposed to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 exposure?
- What long term cleaning solutions do you offer?
- Do you offer any guarantees? (This may be a trick question, see below)
- What do I need to do to prepare the area to be treated ahead of time?
- How much do you charge per square foot for preventative disinfectant cleanings and suspected/confirmed COVID-19 exposures?
- Will they provide you with a certification that the premises has been professionally cleaned?
- Are your disinfectant cleaning services in line with CDC guidelines?
Beware of Misleading Long Term Protection Claims!
For example, there are some restoration companies who promote a disinfectant cleaning program that provides a long term protection barrier against “a broad range of odor and stain-causing microbes (bacteria, mold, mildew and algae) — with efficacy that remains effective for up to 90 days.” Some of them use a product called Bioprotect RTU for those claims. While the product is generally a really good solution for general long term protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and algae, the EPA has not recognized it to kill or provide long-lasting protection from the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV02) more commonly referred to as COVID-19. viruses or disease causing bacteria. These types of dishonest marketing tactics should send up huge red flags.
You can find EPA registered disinfectants that are approved for use against Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the following link: EPA Registered disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
One thing you will want to keep in mind is that there are, as of the time of the writing of this article, no known epa registered disinfectant cleaners that provide long term protective barriers. So, once the cleaning has been done, it is safe until it is exposed to the COVID-19 virus, whether that is 5 minutes or 5 hours later. So routine cleaning should be performed consistently between professional cleaning for optimal protection.
The disinfectant Cleaning Process
There are 2 types of disinfectant cleaning processes: manual surface area disinfectant wipe downs and disinfectant fogging. They are pretty self explanatory but well quickly discuss them each below
Manual Disinfectant Wipe Down Services
During the manual disinfectant wipedown, high touch surface areas and areas specifically requested by the customer will be wiped down. This is pretty labor intensive and the pricing for manual wipedowns will be based on a per square inch basis. Feel free to give us a call to get an estimate for your property.
Disinfectant Fogging Services
Disinfectant fogging services involve the use of a ULV fogger or Electrostatic fogging machine depending on the surface to be cleaned. ULV foggers are good for cleaning general surfaces while electrostatic foggers create a positive electric charge to the chemical being fogged allowing it to temporarily adhere to vertical and hard to reach surfaces long enough to allow the disinfectant to do its work.
Personal Protective Equipment
The PPE required for disinfectant cleaning will vary depending on the job. Most of the pictures you see are people decked out head to toe in PPE wiping down or fogging an area. The only time full PPE is required is for confirmed COVID19 exposure cleaning. For preventative disinfectant cleaning services gloves, a mask, and eye protection should be adequate.
Why should you use a Professional Coronavirus Cleaning Service?
It is always good to have a consistent and comprehensive cleaning regimen in the home or work environment. I remember growing up that we had chores around the house to keep it clean. Even with that constant cleaning my mom would still do her in depth spring cleaning every year. We asked her about that once. We wondered why she would need to go through all of that effort when we were cleaning all of the time anyways. She responded that even with that cleaning, there were areas that would eventually be neglected or that were not easily accessible that a good deep spring cleaning could take care of. It’s the same concept here.
Hopefully the information in this article will provide you with useful information you can use to find a company to provide you with the trusted and effective disinfectant cleaning solution that will fit your needs. In the meantime try to use the following information to reduce your risks of COVID19 exposure in within your business between professional cleanings of your property:
Use Good Hygiene Practices at home and in public
- Use sanitizer when appropriate and wash your hands frequently. (Pro-tip: using lotion or moisturizer on your skin between hand washing will help prevent dry skin from frequent hand washing)
- When you cough or sneeze try to avoid touching your face. If you are wearing a mask, consider putting a new or clean one on afterwards and discard or clean the previous mask depending on if it was disposable or reusable.
- When possible use online resources for meetings and planning sessions. When those resources are not available hold meetings in well-ventilated or outdoor areas.
- Disinfect desks, light switches, door knobs, phones, or other high touch areas frequently.
For more information about COVID19 resources specifically for the Las Vegas, NV area please visit the following link: http://www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com/departments/ldcs/covid-19_relief_programs.php
For more information about COVID19 resources in the Henderson, NV area please visit the following link: https://www.cityofhenderson.com/our-city/covid-19
For more information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 cleaning recommendations please view the following video from NETEC (National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center)