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Disinfecting services are cleaning procedures that utilize a disinfectant. According to the EPA, a disinfectant is an antimicrobial pesticide used on objects to destroy or irreversibly inactivate microorganisms. Disinfectants are distinguished into two categories, hospital type and general use (household). Disinfecting services for commercial facilities should use hospital type disinfectants that are used for infection control. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and OSHA , HAZMAT cleaning protocols are not needed for facilities exposed to coronavirus. Most professional disinfection services utilizing EPA approved list chemicals meet the guidelines outlined by these organizations, includingcoronavirus cleaning and disinfecting services provided by Sparkle Solutions.

Cleaning soiled surfaces prior to disinfecting allows the disinfectant to work moreffectively. If you have a layer of dust, dirt or oils, this creates a barrier between the surface and the disinfectant which prohibits the disinfectant from destroying or inactivating the microorganisms on the surface face.  

 

Disinfecting services use a disinfectant which is any chemical that destroys or irreversibly inactivates microorganisms on surfaces. Sanitation services tend to use less potent chemicals, sanitizers, which reduce but not always eliminate microorganisms from materials. Hospital-grade disinfectants and disinfection services are best used for infection control, like coronavirus COVID-19, where sanitizers and sanitizing services are best used in relation to food, carpet, or clothing (EPA).  

There are multiple occasions when someone should use disinfecting services at their business, and an outbreak is definitely one of them. Recurring disinfecting services benefit high traffic businesses who see a lot of customers and/employees on a daily basis. For the Coronavirus crisis, it is important to get your facility disinfected if you have a suspected/confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 exposure.

As businesses prepare to reopen after the coronavirus outbreak, it would be advisable to get a disinfection service conducted at your facility prior to doors-open and your employees return. There is still not enough data to know how long the coronavirus COVID-19 lives on surfaces, it ranges from hours to days on different materials according to the CDC, and you want to help assure the health and safety of your customers and employees upon their return. 

It is important to note that disinfecting services are viable until a surface comes into contact with human touch or fluids. You may also want to consider adding or increasing the frequency of your janitorial services. Customers and employees are going to be very conscious (and thankful) of your efforts in this regard after experiencing such a dramatic period. It also helps us all reduce the opportunities for the coronavirus resurgent return if we all have better health and cleanliness habits. 

The EPA has released List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. This is a list of primary EPA chemical registrations that have been deemed effective against “Emerging Pathogens”, or those viruses more hard-to-kill or similar to coronavirus COVID-19. You can verify the chemicals used in your facility are listed in two ways: by either finding the EPA’s Emerging Pathogen disclosure/badge on the label or by comparing the first two sections of the EPA Registration number and comparing it with the chemicals on List N. More information can be found on the EPA’s FAQ Page 

**It is also important to note that Sparkle Solutions,when conducting professional disinfection services use EPA approved chemicals  

Sparkle Solutions uses two specialized, EPA-approved cleaning products to perform electrostatic disinfection applications. 

No, Sparkle Solutions is not a distributor of electrostatic sprayers. 

Electrostatic disinfection is used at countless types of facilities and is most beneficial to those that see regular high traffic, contain hard-to-reach objects that need cleaning, have increased exposure to harmful microorganisms or experience or suspect an outbreak of an infectious  disease. It is also effective in spaces where mold has been spotted. Some spaces that use electrostatic cleaning include corporate buildings, medical and healthcare facilities, K-12 schools and university campuses, casinos, houses of worship, andsporting venues. 

Electrostatic disinfection is used at countless types of facilities and is most beneficial to those that see regular high traffic, contain hard-to-reach objects that need cleaning, have increased exposure to harmful microorganisms or experience or suspect an outbreak of an infectious  disease. It is also effective in spaces where mold has been spotted. Some spaces that use electrostatic cleaning include corporate buildings, medical and healthcare facilities, K-12 schools and university campuses, casinos, houses of worship, andsporting venues. 

Businesses receiving electrostatic disinfection services can prepare their space for cleaning by storing items that do not need to be sprayed, such as loose papers and articles of clothing. Remove paperwork and folders, clothing, garbage, clutter and any other items from surfacesStore all food, open containers, dishware and cutlery in a safe space away from surfaces. If feasible, take down all decorations so that walls and surfaces may be easily cleaned. 

The amount of time required to perform electrostatic disinfection services is highly dependent on the size of the area to be cleaned. It’s important to follow application instructions in order to allow the solutions to work effectivelyThe length of time needed for application will depend on the size of the room and type of facility. For example, an open warehouse will require less time than a typical office with furniture and electronic equipment. If there is a certain level of dirt on surfaces as well, they may be pre-wiped with cleaning solutions prior to spraying. Please note, all surfaces will need to be cleaned prior to applying disinfectant. If cleaning is needed, there will be an additional cost.  

Electrostatic spray is safe to use around sensitive surfaces, such as wood, upholstery and electronics, however the cleaning solutions should not be applied directly to these surfaces at a close range to avoid risking damage. Space occupants are also typically asked to store certain items prior to disinfection, such as paperwork and clothing.  

Electrostatic disinfection reduces the amount of time it takes to completely disinfect surfaces by up to 50%, so it is an extremely effective method when compared to more traditional cleaning techniques. It is a better way to reach surfaces that are challenging to clean, gives a more even coating of chemical solutions to objects, promotes fast, cost-effective commercial cleaning and offers many other benefits to today’s businesses.  

Producing a quote for electrostatic disinfection is highly dependent on thlocation and size of the space to be cleaned, the number and size of objects in the space itself and the frequency of services administered. Please contact our office to arrange a quote to disinfect your facility. 

Yes, electrostatic disinfection and the sprays used in electrostatic cleaning  tools are extremely safe for tool operators, people present during cleaning, and people occupying the space after cleaning. When using this method, we will typically ask that you wait one to two hours after a space has finished receiving treatment before entering the area. However, once the application process is complete and dry, the space is safe for both people and animals.  

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