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Everyone is talking about washing your hands, wearing a mask, even protecting your eyes, and social distancing. What about how to properly disinfect? We are going to give you some great tips, but remember as things change our suggestions might change; different technology comes up consistently. We will keep you up to date. All you have to do is subscribe, like us or give us a thumbs up on our social media. And please share our articles and come back often, as we are continually updating.
The very first thing is to protect yourself (and your employees and customers, if you run a business). To do this you need to make sure that neither you nor them is not allergic to any products you are going to use. Read the labels of all products you are providing. Provide good quality gloves, safety eyewear, and safety clothing when instructed. Ensure that everyone understands to wash their hands before and after removing gloves. Read up on how to properly take gloves off without touching the outside. Bathrooms should be cleaned at the same regular intervals as other high-touch surfaces; your guest and customers will appreciate it. Set a timer and enforce regular proper cleaning of the bathrooms and change rooms etc. There are no specific recommendations, as it depends on the traffic, so set up a logical cleaning schedule. Remember to have a sign telling people how often the bathroom is cleaned. This will increase the confidence and comfort level of all users. In businesses, make sure that a hand sanitizer is at every entrance, as well as an ingredient list for all the products you are using. You want to avoid any possible allergic reactions by you, your guests, employees, or customers. Also, make sure to put disinfectants out of reach for children. Never spray toys etc. if you supply them or if you run a daycare, just wash them with soap and water.
#1. Clean- use soap/detergent and water- This does not kill germs but removes them from the surface. For porous surfaces (carpets, etc.) the best option is to use a vacuum cleaner with a Hepa filter. We suggest wearing a mask as vacuums do have the capability of putting dust in the air. For hard non-food contact surfaces, clean surfaces with soap/detergent and water or another appropriate cleaner.
#2. Sanitize- Using a good hard surface and soft surface sanitizer will lower the number of germs on surfaces and other objects to safer levels. But it just lowers it, it does not give you a full kill. You can use our hydrogen peroxide-based PERdiem. This is also good for carpets and porous surfaces.
#3. Disinfect- This kills germ on surfaces and other objects to 99.9999% if you are using our certified EPA or Health Canada recommended products. The EPA gives you a certification number that you can check online. Health Canada’s # is called a Drug Identification Number or DIN #. Understand dwell and contact times. This is very important. Read the label it will tell you what certification it is. Again, allow products to sit for the proper amount of contact and dwell time. When dealing with clothing, towels, linen, or any other laundry items, do not shake them. Shaking can cause the virus to spread while airborne. Do your laundry by using the warmest appropriate water setting and completely dry everything. Clean and disinfect hampers or other containers you use, as well as the detergent bottle you are using.
To disinfect soft or any porous surfaces such as couches, rugs, carpets, and drapes, first remove visible dirt by cleaning with either a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner or any other appropriate equipment. Hydrogen peroxide is approved for use against COVID-19 for disinfection of porous surfaces. Heat or steam can also be used to sanitize porous surfaces. The surfaces should be heated to, 160 F, for five minutes or to 220 F, for one minute. Hot water extraction or steam cleaning are common tools used to achieve these temperatures for non-washable items.
The examples of highly touched surfaces that need to be considered can vary according to the industry. See the examples below. Please send us a list for your specific industry so that we can share it with others.
Toilet hand towel dispenser
Faucets and sinks
Gas pump handles.
Cordless door openers.
Liquor bottles and boxes
Pens, markers, etc.
Clothing people try at store
Health practitioner equipment
Drive through area
Hand air dryers
the list is endless……….
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