Sanitizing the home and office

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The world has had to learn how to quickly change in response to COVID-19. Wearing masks and regularly washing hands have become extremely common and important in slowing the spread of the virus, but other measures need to be taken as well. Regularly touched objects and surfaces require frequent cleaning and disinfecting, both in public settings and in the home.

Keeping individual workspaces clean is a step that has become increasingly important during the pandemic. In this changing time, many businesses must adapt in order to prioritize new cleaning standards. “Most businesses use a janitorial service,” says Jacob Roth, Marketing Manager of SERVPRO, “and typically they don’t spend time disinfecting somebody’s workspace, like their keyboard or phone.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic SERVPRO has begun offering a new service aimed at eliminating the presence of the virus in the workplace. After a business has been cleaned by SERVPRO, they will be able to display the Certified SERVPRO Clean shield, letting workers and the public know that extra steps have been taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC has specific requirements for the types of cleaning products that should be used to effectively remove viruses from surfaces. In their service, SERVPRO uses two products that are hospital grade cleaner/disinfectants — SERPROXIDE and Decon 30. Both cleaners are certified and approved by the CDC and EPA, offering powerful cleaning and disinfecting.

Another effective tool in SERVPRO’s arsenal is the ULV fogger. This device converts liquid disinfectant into a mist, which Roth says allows for much more thorough disinfecting. “It saturates a whole space,” Roth says, “it gets into all the nooks and crannies, areas you wouldn’t normally be able to wipe down.” Because SERVPRO’s disinfectant is spread throughout an area in this way, it also ensures that the air itself is disinfected, an important difference when fighting against airborne pathogens.

These advanced measures can be taken to maintain a clean environment in businesses and public spaces, but it is just as important to bring effective cleaning practices into the home as well. Roth recommends that the public keep up to date on the CDC’s guidelines for cleaning the home. “The virus is so new, and we’re learning more about it every week,” Roth says. “The CDC has said that the virus remains active longer on dirty surfaces, which is why we use both a cleaner and disinfectant.”

By keeping spaces clean in your home, you are effectively reducing the lifespan of COVID-19 on surfaces and can eliminate it by disinfecting afterwards. Simply cleaning household surfaces like doorknobs and light switches.

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