Coronavirus is a big family of viruses that are typical in people and lots of distinct species of animals, including camels, cows, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between individuals such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus called SARS-CoV-2.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reacting to an epidemic of respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. It was first detected in China and has spread to at least 114 countries and territories, including the US. While the virus was named “SARS-CoV-2”, the disease it causes is called “coronavirus disorder 2019” (COVID-19).
Subsequently, on January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health crisis (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community is reacting to COVID-19.
According to the CDC, present evidence indicates that novel coronavirus can remain viable for hours to days on several different surfaces. Thus, cleaning of clearly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 along with other viral respiratory illnesses in houses and public spaces.
We continue to develop, adjust, and enlarge our cleaning processes and procedures about the coronavirus dependent on the practices advocated by the CDC and compound producers, which continues to evolve as more information is obtained concerning the virus. Below we’ll explain our existing coronavirus cleaning process, which we’re growing to meet this community’s needs. All these coronavirus cleaning guidelines apply to institutional, commercial, and home environments. Also, note that this guide might be superseded by regulations.
PuroClean’s Coronavirus Deep Mitigation Cleaning Process
Wearing Personal Protective Equipment
To begin with, wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed. Our cleanup technicians use a full-face respirator to guard against splashes coming in contact with the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eyes. They also wear Biohazard protective coveralls, shoe covers, and Nitrile gloves.
The cleansing products
The cleaning products we use include EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfecting products, such as towelettes, including pharmaceutical ingredients which fulfill OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen standard against diseases such as the coronavirus along with other bronchial bacteria, viruses, tuberculosis, mold, and mildew.
The cleanup materials
The cleaning stuff our technicians normally utilize include:
- Disposable microfiber wipes, brushes, and/or cleaning sponges
- Trigger or Pressure sprayers
- Junk bags and tape for sealing
- Mops and buckets
- Portable carpet extractor for cleaning upholstery and carpeting
Disinfectant application processes
Our technicians employ disinfectants using three methods, depending on the circumstances.
- Spray application — This process uses a pump or electrical sprayer. It’s the preferred system and can be used if the surface or thing is visibly free of soil and dirt.
- Disinfecting towelettes — We use these to wash digital things like telephones or computers. Towelettes are preferred in the event the surface or item gets visible, light soil, or dirt.
- Microfiber wipes/pads — These are an alternative to utilizing pre-treated disinfecting towelettes. They’re used with cleaning products in a suitably labeled spray bottle.
The on-site procedures
To begin with, our technicians arrive at the job site and do a quick walkthrough to ensure the place is prepared for cleaning solutions. Then they determine the ﬂow of their work perform the job as efﬁciently as you can. Learn more about disaster restoration services right here.
We pay special attention to these areas:
- Lockers, carts, storage containers, walls, ﬂoors, countertops, partitions, doorknobs, handles, and light switches.
- Weight machines, benches, barbells, stationary bikes, wrestling mats, and other workout equipment.
- Drinking fountains, vending machines, tables, desks, and chairs.
Cleaning porous surfaces and materials
- Synthetic carpets, rugs, drapes, and upholstery –Our technicians will either clean these items manually or, for equipment cleaning, will apply approved disinfectants for textiles and carpets and then infusion where appropriate.
- Natural clothes, rugs, drapes, and upholstery has to be cleaned following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- To disinfect clothes, linens, and other personal clothes, the contaminated posts should be laundered per label instructions. NOTE: washing machines must be vacuumed after washing contaminated materials.
- Tanned leather materials — We can clean these materials by dividing the surfaces with a cloth lightly moistened with disinfectant solution or disinfectant towelettes.
- Suede and Nu-buck leather substance — Cleaned according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- HVAC system — HVAC inner duct surfaces and components should be cleaned following industry guidelines by a certified HVAC contractor or NADCA certified duct cleaner. Additionally, external ductwork surfaces, grills, grates, and registers should be washed and disinfected with a disinfectant solution.
When ﬁnished, the team collects and takes with them all used materials for proper disposal. Another thing we do is to wash all the tools, equipment, and PPE used from the coronavirus cleanup using an EPA-registered disinfectant prior to removal from the polluted area.
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow and health and government officials notify people to take necessary measures to protect themselves, among the best ways to impede its progress is by doing heavy mitigation cleaning of all touch-point surfaces, along with the usage of an EPA-registered disinfectant.
These procedures of cleaning can be utilized for associations, commercial, and residential properties. Our coronavirus cleaning services will help reduce contamination of COVID-19 in your premises and community. Telephone your local PuroClean office for more information on how we can assist disinfect your property.