Sanitize the Right Way

The COVID-19 outbreak has created difficult circumstances for a lot of the country. We know people are anxious and confused, and they’re getting a lot of contradictory information from the news, social media, and family and friends.

As sanitization experts, we feel it’s our duty to give the public accurate, scientifically sound information.

Below are the steps to sanitization from the National Organization of Mold Inspectors and Remediators.

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Sanitization Steps

Step 1: Clean

Cleaning, also known as soil load removal, must take place before disinfection or the use of an antimicrobial treatment. Due to the prevalence of airborne particulate, and the probability of viral attachment to said particulate, contamination is possible through inhalation. Therefore, the fogged application of the cleaning agent to precipitate particles to the surface being cleaned is recommended. The amount of product fogged should thoroughly wet the surfaces being cleaned to achieve soil load penetration and removal. The application of an antimicrobial or disinfectant prior to cleaning is ineffective, and at best, leads to inconsistent results.
“Cleaning must take place before disinfection or the use of an antimicrobial treatment.”

Step 2: Disinfect

Clean surfaces, those free from residue and soil, are able to accept disinfectant or antimicrobial treatments. Disinfectants are generally meant to kill remnant microbes on the surfaces while antimicrobial treatments are usually meant to inhibit future growth.

Treatment options include:

  • Liquid based disinfectant or antimicrobial products.
    • These products should be understood to temporarily control microbial growth on non-porous and semi-porous surfaces. Based upon water solubility and/or abrasion, these treatments must be reapplied over time.
  • Installed Inline HVAC Ionizers.
    • These products can be installed within the HVAC systems of homes and commercial spaces to provide a continual supply of positive and negative ions to the building’s air and surfaces to minimize microbial activity over time. The use of such devices should begin with cleaning, and levels of cleanliness must be maintained over time to prevent against soil load and residue build up.
“Clean surfaces are able to accept disinfectant or antimicrobial treatments.”

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