Deep and Detailed Disinfection
“Deep Disinfection” is a term that is gradually gaining a foothold in our society’s vocabulary as we all contemplate what lies ahead when we eventually need to go back to work and play.
While the phrase “Deep Disinfection” sounds very reassuring, at Arelli Cleaning, we believe that it may give people a false sense of security. This can lead to decisions that may sound good yet can put many people at risk and create unnecessary cost for business owners.
This is worrisome.
We believe that people should be able to make informed decisions – especially when it involves the health and safety of people.
Below, you will find some key points about “Cleaning”, “Disinfection”, and “Fogging”, to help you make sense of the options at your disposal. You will also find references to publications and related articles that you may find interesting and helpful.
Why You Should Clean First, Disinfect After
In simple terms, you have to clear the way for active ingredients in any disinfectant to come in touch with harmful pathogens to be able to destroy them – as a disinfectant’s effectiveness is greatly reduced when dust, grime, biofilm, or any other material create a physical or organic barrier that prevents the active ingredients to their job.
“Cleaning” before “Disinfecting” is a recommendation that comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW)
How do we perform effective cleaning for a commercial, office or residential building?
- At the beginning, all frequently touched areas beyond tabletops, desktops, light switches, telephones, keyboards, all handles and knobs, light switches etc. must be clearly identified. This can be achieved by working closely with the client to understand requirements that are unique to every facility.
- Apply a cleaner/degreaser on these areas or wash them with soap and water.
- Use a disposable towel to wipe off the surface in one direction only. This allows the contents of the surface to be picked up by the towel.
The surface is now ready for applying the disinfectant.
Time for “Disinfection”
There are multiple ways of applying a disinfectant. Generally used methods are spraying, misting, fogging, and wiping.
Two major contributors to a successful disinfection service are:
- Selecting the right process: Choosing the right mechanism or a combination of mechanisms to apply disinfectant is critical. Choosing when to spray, mist, fog or wipe or use a combination is critical for success. We must ensure the right amount of disinfectant is applied with the right method and is left there for the right amount of time for it to be effective.
- Choosing the right disinfectant: Reputable cleaning or disinfecting focused companies will provide you with the Safety Data Sheet and the Drug Identification Number (DIN) of the chemical(s) they use. We suggest you cross reference the DIN you receive with the website from Health Canada below. LOOKUP Drug Identification Number (DIN) HERE
How can Arelli help?
Whether we are your commercial cleaning service provider or not, we can help by offering an extra three levels of service beyond regular cleaning:
- Detailed Disinfection: This takes place right after standard cleaning at any facility, where frequently touched and other targeted areas are meticulously sanitized and disinfected while under the supervision of our senior staff.
- Deep Disinfection: Add “Fogging” to “Detailed Disinfection” and achieve an extra level of disinfection.
- Fogging: We perform fogging for the purposes of disinfection. This service is most effective when cleaning and sanitization is done by you or your cleaners first, or in areas such as warehouses where surface disinfection and cleaning of shelf content is not possible.