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UPDATE 3: A Cleaners Approach to COVID-19

 

New Developments: Protocol & Procedure Updates  

So, as promised, there have been new developments in the professional cleaning world that deal directly with how we (ALL OF US) treat and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Here's the most recent update that is up to date as of 07:30 04/09/2020. 
 
1. Masks (Part 3): So, at first it was the CDC telling us to use a mask only if you're sick, then it was don't use a mask unless you've been professionally trained on how to donn and doff, now it's "use anything you can, even a scarf is better than nothing"... I mentioned in the very first email that I would highly suggest wearing a face cover in public areas such as grocery stores, home supply stores, etc even at the expense of looking silly. The reason for my initial jump to this level of PPE is because of my professional training in the sanitization and disinfection world in which we immediately treat this thing like it's a highly contagious virus. If only there were a way to connect research doctors and professional cleaners for practical applications and best practices... (that's a rabbit hole for another day!)
 
Suggestion: Since we're reserving new N95 masks for our frontlines heroes, we can at least use what we currently have. If you have an existing N95 mask you can continue to sanitize it through UV exposure. Simply place the mask in direct sunlight for 2-hours on each side after use. I usually set my mask on the vehicle dashboard outside up first, then flip it to the inside up after the first 2-hours. Some hospitals we're working with are using UV spectrum lights to achieve this and some of the police departments we're working to sanitize for are using ovens to bake their masks at 150 degrees for 10-minutes. If you do resort to using a bandana or a scarf, please take extra precaution when adjusting and moving the mask as well as being careful not to shake or allow the material to come into contact with your eyes. 

Gents, I'm sorry to say this, but that wonderful scraggly beard you've been growing in the midst of this shelter-in-place order has got to go for a properly sealed face mask. Additionally, it's also a higher risk of holding onto virus particulates as it's harder to wash hair than bare skin.

Donning and doffing used masks: https://youtu.be/oHHvAiucg_s
Disinfecting single-use masks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_KkJ59QOs0
The method that I personally use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC1B48CxiVc

2. Soap, soap, soap. Since the virus is not a living organism but rather a protein molecule, it is not killed but decays on its own. The disintegration time can be accelerated by removing the protective coating in which it is encased.

Suggestion: This virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That's why any SOAP or DETERGENT is the best recommendation to clean with because the soapy foam or dissolving detergent breaks the "fat" apart (that's why you have to scrub so much: for at least 20 seconds or MORE and make LOTS of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own. The CDC recommends a non-ionic cleaner as the best solution to destroy the lipid. 
 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
 
 
3. Protect your hands. Continue to keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus doesn't have an area to hide and only use gloves with proper containment protocol. 
 
Suggestion: I recently converted to using my gloves exclusively for work-related tasks since they're becoming exceptionally hard to find and the cost is becoming very inflated. Instead, I'm simply using leftover doggie bags from a promotional pet show exhibit we did a few years back. I simply disinfect my hands before retrieving a new bag, then use the bag to perform whatever task I need to perform. Examples of this are pumping fuel, touching the keypad after swiping my credit card, shopping for groceries (disinfect the cart first, then keep the bag propped open in the upper basket to freely use your cellphone between grabbing items with your doggie bag), and performing transactions where my credit card must be handed to an individual for processing. 
 
4. Cell phones are disgusting... It's long been known that your cellphone often carries more bacteria and germs than the underside of a toilet seat so be sure to disinfect it multiple times a day. I would wager that cell phones are right behind or tied with fuel pumps and grocery store keypads in the likelihood of cross-contamination. 
 
Suggestion: Let's be practical here. Are we really going to disinfect our hands every time we touch our phone, then disinfect our phone every time we touch it with our hands? Not likely. So, in a real-world application, we can simply make the effort to not touch our phone after handling any potentially contaminated objects or surfaces and then we can be sure our efforts aren't in vain by disinfecting our phones in any circumstances where cross-contamination is possible. Now, if you're like me you probably have the "Protector Case 5000" with a "shatterproof" glass covering that can defend against a hammer, but cracks if I sit on my phone by accident. Well, congratulations! Like me, your multiple layers of phone protection have created multiple hiding spots for virus particulates. So, you're going to have to remove the case in its entirety, completely disinfecting it, then the phone, wash your hands, and allow both the case and the phone to fully dry before washing your hands again and putting them all back together. 

I want to reiterate that all of these suggestions come from the CDC and my industry partners in the professional cleaning realm. I have cultivated all the information available into a shorter dialogue of the procedures and protocols we are taking in the professional cleaning industry. I have over 10 years of experience in dealing with the cleaning and sanitization of various organizations from seasonal waves of disease and viruses. I am not a doctor and I'm certainly not in any position of scientific authority. However, I have over 200-hours of continuing education credits in the FEMA and IICRC organizations. I have consulted on and performed thousands of sanitization services and by the time this is all done will have performed thousands more. There's quite a bit more that I will speak on and will continue to update our Facebook pages as more cleaning-related information becomes available.

Simply Rug Cleaning: https://www.facebook.com/simplyrugcleaning/
Theory Cleaning Co: https://www.facebook.com/theorycleaningco/
Helix Cleaning & Restoration: https://www.facebook.com/choosehelix/

Sources:
 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html
https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public