Even if you are following CDC and OSHA guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting your facility, there may still be growing germs and bacteria that can lead to illnesses.
Your commercial janitorial service should be using EPA-registered disinfectants as part of their cleaning and disinfecting regimen. This is important to deactivate germs that are growing on surfaces. However, as soon as a surface has been cleaned and disinfected, it is vulnerable to new germs or bacteria that can accumulate and grow.
If your in-house cleaning crew misses a spot during the disinfection process, it is a place where bacteria can continue to grow.
These are some of the reasons why so many businesses and facilities have turned to antimicrobial surface protection for longer-lasting protection.
What Is Antimicrobial Surface Protection?
Antimicrobial surface protection helps stop germs and bacteria from growing on surfaces for up to 90 days. It can prevent the spread of pathogens that cause disease. An electrostatic sprayer using an antimicrobial surface protectant provides a 100% coating of surfaces that goes beyond disinfection.
When applied to surfaces by trained technicians from a commercial janitorial service, antimicrobial surface protectant begins work immediately. It creates an invisible coating on surfaces that inhibits growth.
The protectant forms a covalent bond with the surface to create a micro-biostatic coating. Inside the coating, a nano-bed of spiked particles carry a positive charge that attracts bacteria and germs that are negatively charged. When the positive and negative come together, the molecular spikes pierce the cells of the bacteria and rupture the membranes, destroying the bacteria cells and preventing them from growing.
The Benefits of Antimicrobial Surface Protection
Bacteria can grow quickly. Some bacteria will double in size on untreated surfaces every four to 20 minutes. Even if you are cleaning and disinfecting daily, there is a lot of time in between treatments for bacteria to grow and spread.
Protects Against Microbes
The biggest benefit is long-lasting protection against the growth of microbes, including bacteria, algae, mold, and fungi. As an added benefit, it also prevents and reduces bad odors and degradation of surfaces.
Prevents the Spread of Diseases
When used on high-touch places such as doorknobs, handrails, desktops, and other furniture, it is an effective treatment to prevent the spread of infections. Antimicrobial surface protectant has been used in hospitals to fight the spread of infection, including bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
With fewer bacteria in the environment, it also can reduce germs and bacteria in the air to further lessen the chance of spreading diseases in aerosol form.
A significant issue in active environments, such as a workplace, is the danger of cross-contamination. Even if one area is free from bacteria or viruses, it can easily be contaminated as people move around. Antimicrobial surface protectant prevents bacteria from growing, so even if it encounters new germs, it prevents them from reproducing.
Reduces the Environmental Impact
The use of an antimicrobial surface protectant reduces the need for some of the harsher cleaning agents and disinfectants. This can lessen the environmental impact by decreasing the use of chemicals. OpenWorks’ service providers use an antimicrobial surface protectant that is EPA-registered, phosphate-free, non-toxic, PH-neutral, and does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Continuous Care antimicrobial surface protectant is also food safe and approved by the USDA for food contact surface safe (FCSS).
It Can Be Applied to Nearly Any Surface
An antimicrobial surface protectant can be applied to just about any surface, including:
- Desks and countertops
- Other furniture
- Air vents
Beyond the health benefits, it can also reduce maintenance costs by preventing staining, discoloration, leeching, and other damage that may result from microbes and can affect the look — and lifespan — of objects. Antimicrobial surface protection makes other cleaning and disinfecting treatments more effective because of the elimination of bacteria.
Is Your Janitorial Service Offering An Antimicrobial Surface Protectant?
Is your commercial janitorial service using an antimicrobial surface protectant? It should be. If not, you may want to revisit your choice. OpenWorks offers a Continuous Care program that uses an antimicrobial surface protectant.
Cleaning and disinfecting can kill germs and viruses with a 99.9% effectiveness rate. After surfaces are treated, however, they are vulnerable to recontamination. Antimicrobial surface protection kills bacteria and prevents further contamination.
While CDC guidelines recommend frequent disinfection, Continuous Care — using an antimicrobial surface protectant — can provide you with maximum protection and give you peace of mind.
Do not just search for commercial janitorial services near me — talk to the professionals at OpenWorks about your cleaning, disinfection, and continuous care service needs. Get an estimate for your facilities today.