We have all become much more aware of the importance of cleaning and disinfection due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From more frequent cleaning of high-touch areas to deep cleaning and electrostatic spraying, facilities are doing more to show employees, visitors, and customers they are serious about maintaining a clean and healthy work environment. In addition to thorough commercial cleaning and disinfection, antimicrobial surface protection has emerged as another weapon that can be used in the fight against germs and bacteria.
What Is Antimicrobial Surface Protection?
Antimicrobial surface protection inhibits the growth of germs and bacteria on surfaces. An antimicrobial surface protectant can help stop the spread of pathogens that can cause disease for up to 90 days. It can be applied as a spray that bonds to surfaces and it provides a long-lasting layer of protection that goes beyond disinfection.
How Does Antimicrobial Surface Protection Work?
Antimicrobial surface protection is activated when it is applied to a surface. When sprayed on surfaces, an antimicrobial surface protectant works as soon as microorganisms hit the surface. It works continuously for up to three months. It creates an invisible antimicrobial coating on surfaces to minimize the spread of infection. While it’s not a substitute for regular cleaning practices, including disinfecting, it can help reduce the spread of germs and bacteria between cleanings. A similar type of antimicrobial surface protectant has been used in hospitals to fight the spread of infection including such things as bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
The Benefits of Antimicrobial Surface Protection
- Aggressively coats and adheres to surfaces
- Inhibits the growth of germs, bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi
- Can last up to three months
An antimicrobial surface protectant can be applied to just about any surface, including:
- Elevators and Escalators
- Kitchen Counters
- Desks and Computer Keyboards
- Other Hardware
Traditional disinfectant treatments can kill germs and viruses with a 99.9% effective kill rate. However, once surfaces are treated, they are vulnerable to contamination again. Antimicrobial surface protectant helps to avoid further contamination.
Advanced Cleaning Protocols and Disinfection Best Practices
TotalWorks, OpenWorks’ comprehensive cleaning and disinfection solution, combines advanced cleaning protocols, disinfection best practices, and modern tools and technology that result in an exceptionally clean and sanitary facility.
OpenWorks elite network of service providers use cleaning products and disinfectants that are approved by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus. Providers use personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow CDC cleaning and disinfecting protocols to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on exposed surfaces, including salmonella and E. coli, COVID-19, common viruses such as cold and flu, and disinfectant-resistant pathogens such as MRSA.
As a member of the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), OpenWorks qualifies as a technical expert on disinfection techniques. OpenWorks’ elite networks of service providers have been certified by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of the ISSA, and have completed the Microbial WarriorTM Workshop in infection and contamination control. This training specifically focuses on COVID-19. Teams are also trained and certified in OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens protocols.
Electrostatic spraying can be added to a cleaning and disinfection regimen to ensure surfaces are completely covered and antimicrobial surface protection can also be added for long-lasting protection against germs and bacteria.
Better Processes, Oversight, and Training = Better Results
OpenWorks applies its total facilities management approach to provide top-to-bottom cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitation solutions. OpenWorks’ elite network of service providers is fully trained to deliver complete facilities care using better processes, oversight and training to yield better results.
OpenWorks’ goal is to create a cleaner, safer, healthier, and more productive place for you to do business. From breakrooms to operating rooms, attention to detail is always evident and every cleaning is customized to your standards
OpenWorks has more than three decades of commercial cleaning and disinfecting experience. Our elite network of over 1,500 service providers currently services more than 4,000 facilities nationwide in more than 30 million square feet of office and industrial space. In an industry that has a 55% average customer retention rate, our retention rate is 98%.
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