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Blog 05/15/20

A Guide To Disinfectant Fogging

Introduction

In recent years, the standard of personal hygiene and sanitation has been raised. High traffic areas with objects touched by different people require more attention, which has increased the need for cleaner surfaces and more competent disinfection methods. Disinfection supplies, such as wipes, sprays, hydrogen peroxide, and bleach, have never been in higher demand and it is easy to see the important role they play in battling microbial contamination. In this article, you will learn about Disinfectant Fogging, a whole room disinfection method. Although this technology has been around for years, it has gained more attention recently due to the shift of higher sanitation requirements

What is Disinfectant Fogging

Disinfectant Fogging takes ordinary disinfecting to the next level. Due to the limited size and expulsion capabilities of a typical spray bottle, over-the-counter disinfectants will only disinfect a small targeted area. Disinfectant Fogging, however, creates a wide-reaching mist that covers high traffic and hard to reach surfaces, applying disinfectant in one fell swoop. Disinfectant Fogging is a powerful tool that is useful in areas of all sizes from a small studio apartment to a large business or office.

How it works–

The ULV Fogger (Ultra Low Volume) uses a liquid antimicrobial solution that is converted into a vapor. A fan then disperses the vapor to the desired areas. As more vapor is dispersed it develops into a thick mist or fog-like atmosphere, hence the name fogging. The fogging application will cover anything it comes in contact with: surfaces, floors, and hard-to-reach places that oftentimes go unnoticed. Disinfectant fogging also combats airborne pathogens as it passes through the air and lands on a surface. Once disinfection has been completed, all hard-surfaces are wiped down to remove excess solution. A recently disinfected home or business should be evacuated for at least six hours after being fogged.

Benefits of Disinfectant Fogging

Over time, your home or business naturally collects dust, bacteria, and viruses. Although germs gather everywhere, they are of special concern in high contact areas. High contact areas are the objects and surfaces where you and other individuals touch the most. Prime examples include doorknobs, table tops, and light switches. The high amount of traffic that visits these areas makes them perfect breeding grounds for germs and easy exposure points for cross-contamination. The more people that touch an area the more likely they leave bacteria for the next person to pick up. Fogging can apply disinfectant to large spaces including high contact areas, lowering the chance germs will spread between persons.

Other areas of concern are the small nooks and crannies in your home or business that are seldom cleaned due to their difficulty to reach. Despite their remote location, tough-to-reach places still collect germs and may still receive contact from individuals. Fogging technology eliminates the need to move furniture to disinfect contamination. As the fog passes through the crack, it clings to the surface applying disinfectant as it lands. Disinfectant Fogging saves you the time and heavy lifting but still cleans hard-to-reach places.

The biggest advantage Disinfectant Fogging offers is its ability to clean areas of all sizes with ease. As mentioned before, over-the-counter cleaning supplies have limited area-of-effect because they are simple spray bottles. The ULV Fogger is what gives Disinfectant Fogging the power it needs to cover full buildings. This makes it the perfect fogging application for businesses. Businesses often have high traffic from employees, clients, and visitors, exposing everyone to viruses and bacteria. Routine fogging can reduce the amount of pathogens that reside in the building, therefore lowering contact risk.

Whether you own a restaurant, have staff in an office building, or want to deep clean your home, the advantage of Disinfectant Fogging is its versatility. You can use it as often or as little as you like; it all depends on your need. You can use Disinfecting Fogging as a full-service, routine measure or as a compliment to the cleaning you already perform on your own. Disinfecting Fogging offers you peace of mind and with current higher standards of sanitation, that is something worth the call.

How Do You Prepare for Whole-Home Disinfection Fogging?

If you are considering using Disinfectant Fogging here is a guideline for your preparation. Much like having your home bug-bombed, the applied solution is completely safe to you and your family, but protocols should be followed. Below is a list of recommended steps to take prior to receiving service:

Remove everything possible off the counters.
Put away or remove all food from exposed areas.
Dishware and utensils should be stored during service. Remember to look around for missed objects like coffee pots.
Children’s and/or pet toys should be stored or removed prior to service.
Your Mitigation Technician will wipe down every surface after dispersing the fog but performing your own wipe after service is always recommended as an added measure.
It is recommended your business or home remain human-free for six hours after the service is performed. This includes evacuating pets.

The above list is a general guideline for fogging. Please ask your Mitigation Technician for further clarification and extra steps you should take during service.

When it comes to disinfection, fogging is a powerful tool that can help any business or home maintain a high level of sanitation. The advantages and efficiency of industrial strength equipment can save you time, labor, and money, but above all else, it will give you peace of mind. Recent years have shown that surface disinfection is a crucial component to maintaining a safe environment for your guests and clients. It is important to note that despite the benefits of fogging, it has not been proven to kill the Coronavirus. With that being said, using every tool at your disposal is a prudent measure to reduce your risk and prevent the spread of infectious germs.

Bill Howe Restoration & Flood is a full service company that has provided Disinfection Fogging services for more than a decade. Mitigation Technicians are well trained and happy to answer any questions you may have. With years of experience and well informed staff, Bill Howe is a company you can trust with your sanitation standards. Call or book today.

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