Cleaning and Covid-19

Posted by Danielle Watson-Goetz on

With more and more public use areas opening up, COVID-19 and how to sanitize your space is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. COVID-19, which can be spread by respiratory droplets can live on surfaces—possibly up to hours after the fact.

In homes, whether someone has been exposed to COVID-19 or not, there are two main guidelines that the CDC has put forth for homes and businesses: cleaning and disinfecting.


Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt, germs, and impurities. Disinfecting is the act of killing germs on surfaces with the use of a chemical. Within the community, cleaning and disinfecting should be done routinely—with the use of an EPA registered disinfectant. These include high-traffic areas, such as doorknobs, light switches, phones, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks, etc.

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What is an EPA Registered Disinfectant?

 With so many cleaning agents on the market, it’s important to know which ones are actually effective at disinfecting areas—especially from the COVID-19 virus. The EPA has compiled a list of cleaning agents that meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. This list is updated regularly to include cleaning agents from all over the world. 

The list includes brand names, an EPA registration number, and the instructions to follow when using this particular agent as a disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2.


How Will I Know if a Disinfectant Meets the Criteria to Kill Covid-19

Check the product’s label for an EPA Registration Number. Some labels will include the words “human coronavirus” under the listed target pathogens. If that information does not appear on the label, check the list. These chemical agents can be searched for by EPA registration number, name, company, active ingredients, contact time, formulation type, surface types, use sites, date added, and emerging viral pathogen claim.


My Cleaning Agent Meets the Criteria for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, Now What?

The CDC has put out instructions on how to properly clean and disinfect areas.


General Guidelines

  • Disposable gloves should be worn while cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
  • Gloves should be thrown away after each use.
  • If using reusable gloves, they should only be used for the purpose of cleaning and disinfecting against coronavirus.
  • Clean hands immediately after gloves are used.
  • Always read and follow the label directions.
  • Wear skin and eye protections to guard against potential splash hazards.
  • Ensure that you are using the cleaning agent in a well-ventilated area.
  • Never mix chemical products.
  • Never apply these products to your skin or breathe these chemicals in. They are not for eating, drinking, or injecting.


Where Can I Get an EPA Approved Disinfectant?

Various companies sell EPA approved cleaning agents that meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. One of our recommendations is Vital Oxide. Vital Oxide Disinfectant meets the EPA's emerging pathogen requirements for viruses showing efficacy against envelope and non-envelope virus, both large and small. To use Vital Oxide against SARS-CoV-2, follow the directions for use against Norovirus Feline Calicivirus** and Canine Parvovirus (Strain Cornell-780916, ATCC VR-2016**) on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Vital Oxide is super effective at killing mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses and eliminating odor in homes, offices, facilities, and other environments. Essential for homes with children and pets. Kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, kills fungus, mold, and mildew at the source and inhibits growth, sanitizes 99.999% of bacteria on food-contact surfaces with no rinse required, and eliminates odor at a molecular level, not by masking with fragrance.

Vital Oxide comes ready to use (RTU) as a full-strength EPA hospital disinfectant for non-porous surfaces. Full strength is recommended for first-time use on surfaces. Full strength should also be used in environments with high rates of bacteria, mold, and mildew and in high traffic areas and touch points. It can also be diluted to be used as a rug and carpet sanitizer and food-contact and daily surface sanitizer.

The Vital Oxide Disinfectant is also compatible with our Victory Electrostatic Sprayers.

For information on EPA approved disinfectants, Vital Oxide, and electrostatic spraying, give us a call today at 844-759-8227.

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