A surplus of information has been released on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 since the virus became of high concern to the public nearly 10 months ago.
The fight against the spread of this illness remains critical, and as we approach the end of the year it’s important to assess what has changed to ensure the most efficient prevention possible.
With the health and safety of you and your family as our top priority, COIT is here to provide updated guidelines as well as an in-depth look at what it means to “deep clean” and how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your home or workplace.
How important is a “Deep Clean” for COVID-19?
The Canadian Public Health Service (CPHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have both signalled the importance of having a clean, sanitized, and disinfected environment to help control the spread of COVID-19.
The CPHS specifically recommends to “clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces to lower the chance of COVID-19 spreading in your home, workplace and public spaces.” These 3 steps are more commonly known as a “deep clean,” and the recommendation that one is performed in your home or workplace endures.
We want to assist in heeding the calls of these health organizations by helping you understand what it means to perform a “deep clean,” starting with the difference between the fundamental elements of the process.
Know the difference: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
Most important to understand is that cleaning does not kill bacteria, viruses, or fungi more commonly referred to as “germs.”
Instead cleaning is done to remove “germs” usually by combining water, a cleaning product, and scrubbing. Though cleaning does not kill “germs” it is still a vital step in the deep cleaning process as removal of dirt and debris can make way for products and methods that do kill “germs” to be more efficacious.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. Sanitizers reduce bacteria on a surface by at least 99.9%.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. Disinfectants kill a wider range of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mold.
These methods work great on all surfaces like natural stone including marble, granite, and limestone; upholstery, fabrics, and drapes; and carpets and area rugs on hard non-porous surfaces like stainless steel and the components of your HVAC system.
How do you Sanitize and Disinfect during a Deep Clean?
Our “deep clean” method utilizes three techniques depending on the need.
- Wet sprays – Using wet sprays allows our technicians to completely coat a surface in the sanitizing or disinfecting solution. After the solution is applied wet it is allowed to dry to ensure effectiveness.
- Surface wiping – Wiping allows our technicians to target specific areas to ensure targeted germ killing. The solution is applied wet, allowed to dwell for 10 minutes, then wiped for maximum effectiveness.
- Fogging – Fogging allows our technicians to deliver sanitation and disinfecting solution to hard to reach places and nooks and crannies otherwise missed.
Do you need a Professional Deep Clean?
You can certainly clean, sanitize, and disinfect your home with over the counter solutions yourself. However, in order to reach all areas needed for a “deep clean” including your HVAC system we recommend contacting a professional. Professionals can use tools like foggers and industrial sprayers to get to all areas of your home.
The below guidelines and recommendations have recently been released regarding the prevention of COVID-19:
- Properly maintained HVAC system – It has been suggested by various health organizations that increased ventilation can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Consider having your air ducts serviced by a professional as a part of your “deep clean” and ensure that you keep your ducts clean and healthy in between services.
- Increased ventilation – Other ways to improve in your home or workplace include: opening doors and windows to increase outdoor air exchange, ventilating rooms that are being occupied, lowering temperatures to increase system cycling, utilizing air scrubbers and turning your thermostat to fan.
- Enhanced filtration – Maximize your protection through the HVAC system by enhancing your filtration. Upgrading from a MERV 8 to 12 can provide considerable benefits and filters can be changed yourself.
- Approved Disinfectants – The CPHS has released an updated list of hard-surface disinfectants with evidence against COVID-19. Whether you’re doing a routine cleaning or disinfecting in preparation for the holiday season, it’s imperative to have reliable disinfectants on hand.
Tip: We recommend both the Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for at home disinfecting, both approved by the CPHS.
How are our home cleaning technicians protecting against COVID-19?
We know that these are uncertain times and if/when you are ready, we are here to help. Our IICRC trained and background checked technicians are prepared to provide your home/facility with a deep clean including our enhanced service offering of disinfectant and sanitization for carpet, upholstery, air ducts and hard surfaces.
We realize that allowing people in your home or place of business may cause concern. The COIT commitment to you and our employees is to first follow all recommendations from the CPHS and World Health Organization. Our technicians and employees are required to follow the recommendations which include, but are not limited to:
- Technicians are following the CPHS guidelines for hand washing, using hand sanitizer and following all recommended hygiene practices.
- With regard to social distancing, our technicians are maintaining a distance of 6 feet from our customers, and you do not need to be in the same room while they are deep cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.
- We are frequently cleaning and disinfecting all our equipment with professional-grade, IAA-approved disinfectant.
- Our technicians will wear booties and gloves, masks: the CPHS has recommended that essential workers wear masks and we are following all CPHS guidelines.
It is our deepest commitment to provide you with a clean, safe and healthy home or work environment. We appreciate you as a community member and customer. We want to assure you that COIT is here to help.
We would love to help you. Request a Deep Cleaning today.