Recently, an owner of Bane-Clene truckmount carpet cleaning equipment asked if it is “powerful enough” to get rid of bacteria and viruses.
I suspect their question was in response to customer concerns over the Coronavirus virus (COVID-19).
Cleaning carpet will remove most bacteria and viruses. Most public health sites such as the North Carolina Division of Public Health state “steam-clean the carpet to 170 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes or 212 degrees Fahrenheit for one minute to completely inactivate the virus.”
A paragraph in an article at health.harvard.edu/blog/as-coronavirus-spreads-many-questions-and-some-answers-2020022719004#q5 titled “Can the coronavirus live on soft surfaces like fabric or carpet? What about hard surfaces?” states:
“How long the new coronavirus can live on a soft surface — and more importantly, how easy or hard it is to spread this way — isn’t clear yet. So far, available evidence suggests it can be transmitted less easily from soft surfaces than frequently-touched hard surfaces, such as a doorknob or elevator button.
“According to the WHO, coronaviruses may survive on surfaces for just a few hours or several days, although many factors will influence this, including surface material and weather.”
An article on the World Health Organization at who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses titled “How long does the virus survive on surfaces?” states:
“It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
“If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.”
According to Dylan Morris, a Ph.D candidate at Princeton, a government-funded experiment by researchers from Princeton, UCLA, and the National Institutes of Health shows that SARS-COVID-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can survive on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days. Though preliminary, the experiment emphasizes the importance of diligently sanitizing cellphones, plastic and metal surfaces regularly to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution is approved for decontaminating carpets.
The COVID-19 Coronavirus that is currently causing concern has the following characteristics:
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Will Cleaning Carpet Remove Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
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