Having a clean environment is essential for the health and safety of your employees and clients. With Covid-19 still lingering, it’s important to ensure that any contaminated surfaces are effectively cleaned with disinfectant solutions. What’s the best way of disinfecting surfaces within a large space? Fogging is one way of helping to control the spread of infection. So, what is fogging, and does it really kill Covid-19? Here, we discuss the answer.
What is Fogging?
Fogging is a cleaning process used by professional cleaners to sanitise an extensive area, quickly and efficiently. A fogging machine uses an antiviral disinfectant spray to ‘fog mist’ or ‘spritz’ the chemical over a large space. A disinfectant fogger is often used to deep clean public transport or care homes, where there are many different people potentially spreading Covid-19 via coughing or sneezing.
What Are The Benefits of Fogging?
How is using disinfectant products via fogging beneficial for businesses? Here are some advantages of using a disinfectant fogger:
How Does Disinfectant Fogging Work?
How does the process of disinfectant fogging work and what else should people know about this cleaning method? Here are some key aspects to understand.
1. Covid Lingers in the Air & on Surfaces
Despite the different variants, Covid-19 is known to spread quickly. It spreads via air droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes. When these droplets land on hard surfaces, such as door handles, keyboards, rails, touchscreens etc, they can potentially lead to infecting another person. This occurs if a person touches a contaminated surface and then touches their mouth, eyes or nose.
2. Good Hygiene Measures Should Be Maintained
Even when restrictions are lifted, it’s important to maintain excellent cleanliness. The Covid-19 virus can stay on surfaces for up to 72 hours so regular cleaning should be maintained. Future infections are likely to continue with people becoming unwell so keeping a continuous cleaning routine will help to keep your workforce safe.
3. High-Quality Cleaning Routines
An effective cleaning routine should include regular handwashing with soap, antibacterial handwash and warm water. Additionally, high traffic surfaces, such as floors and handrails should be cleaned daily. Hard flooring should be disinfected or bleached, while computer stations and door handles should be sanitised.
4. Deep Clean At Least Once Per Week
Ideally, your workplace should be deep cleaned at least once per week to prevent the spread of infection. If an infected person has been present in an area, then this should be cordoned off and deep cleaned as soon as possible. Fogging is an exceptional method for deep cleaning as it uses a disinfectant product to BS EN 14476 standard.
5. Fogging Should Be Done By A Trained Individual
Fogging involves spraying a fine mist over surfaces. It then should be left for around 6 hours. Only a highly trained individual should carry out this task as they require knowledge of how to use the fogger gun, as well as the correct use of disinfectant products. A person must also wear a chemical suit, gloves, goggles and air-fed ventilator to perform the duty safely. It’s essential that the right concentration of chemicals is used in order to prevent leaving a residue on surfaces.
6. Rooms Should Be Sealed Before Fogging
Cleaned areas should be sealed before fogging commences. This is so the chemical spray doesn’t spread to other areas where people may be working. Inhaling disinfectants can be harmful so rooms need to be correctly sealed for effective deep cleaning.
7. Electrostatic Spraying is An Additional Cleaning Method
In addition to using fogging, electrostatic spraying can be undertaken. This process involves spraying an electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces. This solution combines with air, being atomized by an electrode when inside the spray gun. Any surface which is already covered with disinfectant repels the spray, ensuring the cleaning method is highly effective. As the solution is antimicrobial it provides extra efficiency in your cleaning process.
8. UV Light Doesn’t Kill Covid-19
Many people assume that UV light will prevent the spread of infection. Unfortunately, UV light isn’t effective in killing Covid-19. Any type of UV lamp should not be used to try and disinfect hands. The best way to get rid of contamination on the hands is to wash them with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 70% alcohol.
9. Disinfectants Should Not Be Used on People
Under no circumstances should any person be sprayed with disinfectant. When used incorrectly, disinfectants lead to eye and skin irritation, as well as potential respiratory problems. Only spray disinfectant on surfaces and always read the product label before use.
10. Don’t Use Fogging in An Outdoor Area
Fogging should not be used outdoors, even in a large, open space. This is because you can’t control the dispersion of chemical spray droplets. Furthermore, people may become exposed to the disinfectant. Only use fogging in an enclosed, sealed area and ensure the correct protective equipment is worn.
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