How to Disinfect Your Facility Through DIY and Sanitizing Services
Sanitization has been top of mind lately for many homeowners and commercial facility operators. However, when it comes to ridding a space of potentially illness-causing pathogens, there’s a right and wrong way to approach it.
Proper sanitizing and disinfecting are key to ensure the safety of people sharing the space. Following the correct protocols will lower the risk of infection, while also creating an environment of cleanliness within the facility.
The DIY approach can work in some cases, but there are many benefits of using professional sanitizing services. We examine the correct procedures and the benefits of hiring a commercial disinfecting company.
Proper Sanitizing Is Key
Before removing germs and viruses from surfaces (disinfecting), sanitizing must be performed. This involves donning a pair of disposable gloves and wiping down all visible surfaces with soap and water. Focus on frequently touched areas such as countertops, doorknobs, faucets, and light switches.
While a thorough scrub-down is an important part of the overall process, it only reduces the number of germs. In order for disinfectants to work effectively, the sanitizing step must be performed first to clear the way for disinfectants to do their job. Otherwise, the germs may be able to “hide” under grime that won’t be destroyed when disinfectants are applied.
Using The Right Disinfectants
After the sanitizing step is complete and all surfaces have been wiped down, it’s time for disinfection. However, we know that not all disinfectants are made equal. When choosing a disinfectant that will wipe out all germs, it’s important that an EPA-registered disinfectant is used, especially when it comes to eliminating the threat of COVID-19.
Most sanitizing services are already well-versed in which disinfecting products to use, and what precautions to take during the process. However, if it’s a DIY job, we highly recommend you wear protective gear beyond disposable gloves. That includes eye and skin protection in case there’s any splashing, as well as making sure the facility is properly ventilated.
Following the specific instructions outlined on the product is of utmost importance during disinfection. Products will usually specify how long they should be left on surfaces, and how much to use. It should also warn against which products could cause a negative interaction.
For DIY methods, diluted bleach can be an acceptable solution as long as it’s safe for the surfaces you’re using them on. The bleach solution should have a sodium hypochlorite concentration of 2-10 percent. It’s also important to ensure the bleach is not past its expiry date.
Benefits of Sanitizing Services
Sanitizing and disinfecting a facility is not a small task – it takes considerable effort and time. It also takes the correct knowledge as well as approved products to be effective.
When deciding whether you should use sanitizing services to make your facility safer, consider the time and cost compared to hiring an expert that already has the right equipment in place, including PPE.
Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of partnering with a commercial disinfecting company.