Bacteria and microorganisms are everywhere. We are literally surrounded by them. In fact, scientists estimate there may be a million different species of bacteria in the world and 5,000 different types of viruses. A square inch of your skin can contain more than 600,000 bacteria. While most of them are harmless, many can be dangerous. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have all become more cognizant of viruses and bacteria and understand the importance of taking extra precautions when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting.
Commercial disinfecting services are one of the best ways to keep your facility safe and employees, guests, and customers healthy. Commercial disinfectant solutions that incorporate sanitized antimicrobial protection provide the best long-lasting protection against germs and viruses.
Commercial disinfectant solutions are best applied by a professional commercial cleaning company, such as one that is part of OpenWorks’ elite network of service providers. These companies have been fully trained on the latest cleaning and disinfection techniques and equipment as well as the proper use of various commercial disinfectant solutions.
What Is a Disinfectant?
A disinfectant is a chemical agent that is used to destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold, or mildew. By definition, these disinfectant formulas must be registered with the EPA. The best commercial disinfectants are listed on the EPA’s List-N Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). When applied, a disinfectant begins to work on contact and most kill 99.9% of germs, viruses, and bacteria within 5-10 minutes.
What Is Sanitized Antimicrobial Protection?
Sanitized antimicrobial protection should be part of your cleaning and disinfection regimen to provide additional infection control.
Cleaning and disinfecting kill germs and viruses that are on surfaces but do not provide long-lasting protection. After disinfectants are applied surfaces can attract more germs and viruses within a short period. This is not the case with antimicrobial surface protection.
Antimicrobial surface protectants bond with any surface they touch and provide long-lasting protection against microbes and pathogens. When they encounter microbes, the solution surrounds them, coats them with a protective layer and disrupts their cell structures to render them harmless and stop them from spreading. This affects the DNA so the germs are deactivated, stops the danger and prevents further growth.
The antimicrobial surface protection lasts for up to 90 days, which means commercial disinfectant services that provide antimicrobial surface protection provide better protection for your facility between cleanings.
Clean, Then Disinfect
Commercial disinfecting services should start with a thorough cleaning of your facility to get rid of common germs and dirt and grime that may be hiding bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Cleaning is the first step in disinfecting your facility and providing better infection control. After cleaning has been completed, the disinfecting process can begin.
You should consider including sanitized antimicrobial protection as part of your commercial disinfectant solution because it is effective across a broad range of pathogens while remaining environmentally friendly. It is safe for humans, is non-toxic and non-adaptable and does not leach.
Antimicrobial surface protectants can be applied with a sprayer, but it is more effective if it is applied with an electrostatic sprayer. Electrostatic sprayers turn the liquid into an aerosol that can be dispersed through the sprayer. Before leaving the nozzle, the electrostatic sprayer creates an electric charge. As the charged particles are emitted in aerosol form, they aggressively attach to surfaces and form a tight bond with surfaces such as desks, floors, and walls.
The charged particles repel each other, which allows the solution to spread evenly as particles distance themselves from each other. It creates a “wrapping effect” that covers every square inch of an exposed surface and penetrates hard-to-reach places that conventional spraying would miss. Electrostatic spraying is a fast and efficient way to disinfect surfaces. When combined with sanitized antimicrobial protection, it can provide infection control for up to three months.
Sanitized antimicrobial protection does not take the place of regular cleaning and disinfecting, but it can reduce the spread of germs and viruses between cleanings. Once applied, it can continue to provide infection control between cleanings for up to 90 days.
OpenWorks Elite Network of Service Providers
OpenWorks’ elite network of service providers can safely and effectively clean, disinfect, and apply sanitized antimicrobial protection at your facility while following all CDC, EPA and OSHA guidelines. Request an estimate from OpenWorks today to discuss your facility’s needs.