WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEANING, SANITIZING and DISINFECTING?
CLEANING removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
SANITIZING lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
DISINFECTING kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
WHAT IS ULV COLD FOGGING?
Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Fogging Machines are cold fogging machines that use large volumes of air at low pressures to transform liquid into droplets. Droplet sizes are measured in microns and range from 5-120 depending on the fogger. A pump and blower are used in combination to atomize the liquid and push it into the air. The smaller the droplet is, and the more liquid you push, the more coverage you will get. Conventional Disinfection Services use cloths and wipes that can only cover up to 35% of all surfaces at home or in the office.
WHAT MAKES ULV COLD FOGGING EFFECTIVE IN KILLING COVID-19?
Cold fogging can reach places that are hard to reach with the usual surface disinfection methods. Another benefit is that it may disinfect the air. The cold fogging chemicals are EPA-registered to be effective against other hard-to-kill viruses. While we do not know how effective they are against the coronavirus, the CDC says these disinfectants could be effective based on current data for use on other viruses. Cold Fogging in combination with surface disinfecting may help to prevent the virus’ spread, though no definite claims can be made.
HOW LONG DOES THE FOGGING SERVICE TAKE? CAN MYSELF and MY PETS BE PRESENT?
Application time will take approximately 1 hour (including site setup) for every 3,000 square feet. Clients will be asked to vacate their properties during the entire process. Any type of mist, even water, can be unhealthy for people to breathe. More importantly, very few of the products on EPA List N are designed for fogging.. After application, 2 hours curing time is recommended.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE DAY OF MY FOGGING SERVICE APPOINTMENT?
Tenants and pets should be out of the room. The technicians should also be wearing professional protective equipment (PPE), including respirators and eye protection. They will also be trained in how to use the fogging equipment and apply the disinfectants appropriately.
All windows and doors that lead to the outside will be closed during cold fogging for the coronavirus. This allows the fog to permeate the entire area so that it does not escape through an exterior opening. Cabinets, drawers, closets, and such will also all need to be open. When the drawers are opened, they should look like steps. Drawers should not be stacked on top of each other because that blocks the fog from getting into each drawer. The fog needs to be able to get inside all of these spots.
Cold fogging can reach all the nooks and crannies. So, the technician may start by fogging the open cabinets and drawers then moving from the farthest corner of the room and on out. Effective cold fogging for coronavirus means that every area in the room needs to be reached.
IS YOUR FOGGING DISINFECTANT ECO-FRIENDLY and SAFE?
The disinfectant we use is from EPA’s List N and is one of the only green-friendly botanical options on the list. The dwell time is minimal, and the product is safe. After we complete your commercial fogging disinfection service and the mist settles, you may safely resume work immediately without the need for respiratory protection. For more information about the Disinfectant Product we use in our Fogging Treatments, please download our Product Information Sheet at the bottom of this page.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
In order to provide you with a high quality service, we ask that you take a few minutes to pick up any personal items such as clothing, toys and other household items.
Declutter your office and desks to eliminate areas that viruses can survive on (like magazines). Doing this also clears more area for your us to thoroughly clean and disinfect.