Disinfectant Fogging: The Value of Proper Cleaning

Sep 28, 2020

With all of the new protocols, suggestions, studies, guides, and frequency at which they change, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. How much of it is true? How much of it is helpful? You don’t want to attempt to clean your home or business and use the wrong product, which could have serious adverse effects depending on what it is.

The CDC has an official guide to help with the process, which utilizes some EPA registered cleaners and chemicals, to avoid the risk of accidental harm while maximizing the impact on the coronavirus, otherwise referred to as COVID-19. The cleaners are meant to work in combination with other cleaning methods, in order to maximize their effectiveness in both the short and long term. 

It is important to note however, that not every product on the CDC guide is EPA approved and/or environmentally friendly. At Advanced Sanitizing, we make every effort to ensure the products we use will not have any lasting negative impact on the environment, or your health in any way.

Is Fogging Enough?

Honestly, the answer is no. Fogging, or any variation of the term, is not enough. And in some cases it might even be a violation of federal law when done incorrectly. This type of service does not do much in terms of cleaning, disinfecting, sterilizing, or even protecting you or anyone else from the various viruses, bacteria, and fungal microorganisms that are commonly found on surfaces. 

Even if you are assured that the fogging process is being done with a disinfectant, you are putting yourself and anyone else who uses the area at risk. Fogging is meant to be done as part of a multi-step process, that comes after proper cleaning has been done. It is one step of many to add one more layer of protection to an already sanitized surface.

It’s also worth pointing out that a fogger should never be filled with household cleaners, like watered down bleach, or similar cleaning solutions. Not only will they not work, but you risk a plethora of other issues, such as ruining furniture, carpets, your machine (if you are doing it yourself), and you can make the fogging area very toxic for anyone or anything that might be in or near it.

Proper Sanitizing Methods

If you are preparing to reopen your business, your home, or you just want to be on the safe side, there is a proper way to ensure you are protected. And any business offering a sanitization service should follow at least a basic outline of these services. Some may offer more, some may offer less, but here are the three steps we take to ensure maximum effectiveness.

  1. Disinfectant Fogging – An all natural disinfectant fog cleaner is applied to all surfaces. It’s important that surfaces be wiped down with soap and water as much as possible prior to the fogging application, to ensure maximum efficiency.
  2. UVC Decontamination – After the fogging, our technicians will set up UVC lights for decontamination. These medical grade lights destroy the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms, without any chemicals, so even “super bugs” are completely destroyed. This is an important step in the process, since it will destroy microorganisms, but it does affect larger particles like dust or dirt.
  3. Antimicrobial coating – When the UVC lights are finished, we come back in for a final layer of protection. Our hospital grade antimicrobial coating is eco-friendly, and works to inhibit the growth of fungal, viral, and bacterial microorganisms for up to 90 days from application. The coating is odorless, tasteless, and completely harmless to people and pets.

Keeping Safe

There is a fair amount of negative press around the idea of fogging, and how effective it is. The key is that anything used incorrectly can be a problem, and anything used appropriately can be a huge benefit. We believe that by using a combination of proper safety methods (our technicians are always fully protected in safety gear), and effective cleaners that don’t rely on harsh chemicals, we can provide a beneficial service to businesses and individuals alike.

Disinfectant products have different protocols and safety guides depending on how you use them. Not all products are meant to dispersed through fogging, spraying, etc, and if proper precautions have not been taken, the effectiveness may be reduced, while health risks become elevated.

For more information on our services, or guides on how you can use our products, call us at 559-644-5127 to book an appointment or speak with one of our sanitization experts.

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