Our thoughts and comments on the carpet cleaning industry.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
COVID-19: A new era in the cleaning industry!
COVID-19: A new era in the cleaning industry!
Because of Covid-19, concerns by both consumers and companies about cleaning and sanitation are at an all-time high! This pandemic can be either a disaster for your business or a great opportunity.
Have you ever heard of so many potential customers so extremely concerned about how clean and sanitary are their homes, workplaces and the stores they visit? Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, our cleaning industry will never be the same again.
For example, a survey by Accenture in April 2020, 46% of people who never worked from home previously now plan to work from home more often in the future. That means that upholstery and the rugs, carpets and wood floors are receiving more traffic and getting dirtier faster than ever before plus they are concerned about what they may be bringing into their homes from other places.
Many firms have cut down on pricey office rents and are considering shifting to employees to teleworking full-time or at least part-time. This may well be a permanent change in the workforce environment. The need for residential cleaning, as a result, is going to rapidly increase. Yet, commercial cleaning, especially of office areas, is going to increase too because of the increased need for assurance that office workers are safe. Are you prepared for the “new normal”? Have you changed your marketing to adjust for the new reality and opportunities?
This coronavirus outbreak has brought more demand for not just cleaning services, but DEEP, THOROUGH cleaning and sanitation! Concerns over the coronavirus have put cleanliness and sanitation a major priority for everyone. It used to be that we cleaned because things were visibly dirty. Now, customers worry about what they can’t see. Remember the old adage that “if you can’t see it, it can’t hurt you”?
What’s the best way to sanitize carpeting? First, obviously, the dirt has to be removed - cleaning is just removing dirt from a surface. Then, if needed, it needs to be treated with a disinfectant on the EPA list such as Mediclean Spray Disinfectant or Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution. Or, you can use MediClean QGC as a prespray to sanitize, then do your normal extraction cleaning. Of course, MediClean QGC and Sporicidin can be used as both cleaners and sanitizers on other surfaces.
Customers aren’t concerned just about what’s hiding in their carpets. What about the fabrics covering their rugs and upholstery - and even their mattresses? They need to be cleaned and sanitized too.
Does cleaning remove bacteria and viruses? Does extraction cleaning alone kill or deactivate coronavirus? Coronaviruses are surrounded by a protective layer of lipids, which can be easily destroyed by a good detergent. So, yes, deep cleaning with detergents removes the protective layer around SARS-CoV-2 and the virus is rendered unable to reproduce and infect and kept from spreading.
The CDC in their article “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility” (updated April 28, 2020): “For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes- Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces. Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. OR Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. These disinfectants meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19. Vacuum as usual.” 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.
MediClean QGC, a quaternary ammonium disinfectant, can be used at 2-4 ounces per gallon as a prespray on carpet, allowed to remain on the carpet for 10 minutes followed by extraction. QGC can also be used to control COVID-19 on hard surfaces. Of course, using QGC will void nylon stain-resist warranty, but getting rid of the virus is more important!
Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution, a phenolic disinfectant, can be applied to carpets undiluted using a pressure sprayer before extraction. Prespray the carpet with Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution undiluted and brush into the carpet. Allow the carpet to remain damp for 5 minutes to be effective against Human Coronavirus before extracting. Sporicidin is not cationic or a quat and will not void nylon carpet stain-resist warranties. Sporicidin can also be used to control COVID-19 on hard surfaces.
MediClean Disinfectant Spray is a Disinfectant, Mildewcide, Bacteriostat, Fungistat, Deodorizer, Anti-Microbial, Deodorizer and Mold Control product. Mediclean Disinfectant Spray offers protection against mold, mildew, bacteria, fungi and viruses that cause illness and threaten our health and well-being as well as destroy materials and cause unpleasant odors.
Our 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 and Sporicidin are 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.
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