Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Will Cleaning Carpet Remove Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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 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 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.

web page on MediClean
Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate
states “While this new strain of Coronavirus
(COVID-19) has not been tested against any disinfectants as of the time of this
statement, Mediclean Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate has been shown effective against
similar classes of viruses - the Human Coronavirus, Adenovirus, and the SARS Associated
Coronavirus. It is an EPA registered (no. 70385-6) hospital-grade, disinfectant
cleaner concentrate for use on many different types of surfaces per its label.” MediClean Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate QGC is listed on EPA’s “List
N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
” list of EPA registered disinfectants that may be used against coronavirus.

Additionally, Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution is approved for decontaminating carpets.

The COVID-19 Coronavirus that is currently causing concern has the following characteristics:

  • Person-to-person spread has been reported outside China, including in the United States and other countries.
  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 is a betacoronavirus, like MERS and SARs, both of which have their origins in bats.
  • It has made a significant number of people sick in many countries around the world and many have died.
  • CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • 2019-nCoV is not that same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • The recently emerged 2019-nCoV is not the same as the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or the coronavirus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). However, genetic analyses suggest this virus emerged from a virus related to SARS.
  • According to the CDC, “products with label claims against human coronaviruses should be used according to label instructions.” This would include Sporicidin and MediClean Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate.
  • Ensure that environmental cleaning and disinfection procedures are followed consistently and correctly. Routine cleaning and disinfection procedures (e.g., using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects for appropriate contact times as indicated on the product’s label) are appropriate for COVID-19 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed.
Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate QGC against Coronavirus

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