COVID-19 Control and Prevent

The big topic on everyone’s mind right now is the COVID-19 virus. We wanted to get some information for you in one location. The CDC has a ton of good information on their website. The best place to start is going to be to prevent and control the spread of this virus.  

We are all aware that this global event is going to be a large strain on all of our community. Please reach out if you know anyone that might need help. And if you are able to help please let someone know. We are all in the together and want to support and help our community.

Today more than ever people are becoming more aware of the harmful unwanted bacteria, viruses, mold, and other microorganism that surround us daily. Frequently touched surfaces are breeding grounds for such organisms. There are many studies that show us that door handles, light switches, counter tops, desks, key boards, phones, and hand rails have more harmful microbes than a toilet seat.  The potential for infectious disease and superbugs to spread quickly is becoming an increasing threat to society.

There are ecosystems of multiple micro-environments in our environment where organisms compete for moisture and nutrients. Not all microorganisms are bad. In fact, they are essential to the world we live in.  Microorganisms include Bacteria, Fungi, Yeast, Algae, and Virus. These are found wherever moisture, temperature, a food source and a receptive surface allows.

When these microorganisms find this ideal environment in a building, they can cause staining, deterioration, rotting, corrosion, odors. They can affect structure, components, furnishings and inhabitants, cause SBS (Sick Building Syndrome), or BRI (Building Related Illness)

The Difference between Cleaners, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants.

Cold and flu season often bring up the question of what is the correct products to use, and how do I prevent myself and family from getting sick. We see a lot of different products on our grocery store shelves.

“Safe and natural Cleaners”

“Alcohol free disinfectant”

“Safe for kids, and pets”

“Germ free”

But really what does all of that mean, and how are we to choose what the right products is? This question seems to be even more important today than ever before.
Let’s break it down;

Sanitizers- REDUCE bacteria on a surface by at least 99.9%. Sanitizers are certified for bacterial only, and can take up to 5 minutes to kill the bacteria, referred to as “dwell time”.

Disinfectants- KILL a wider range of microorganisms (than Sanitizers). Disinfectants can also be certified to kill viruses, mold, mildew, and fungi. Often have less dwell time. (COVID-19 CDC says no less than 70% alcohol)

Cleaners- Only remove dirt, oils, and other impurities from surfaces.
By law a chemical can not be labeled a Sanitizer, or a Disinfectant without going through a process of testing to be sure it meets the EPA’s predefined criteria, and are certified.  The EPA requires that all disinfectants and Sanitizers list the types of germs that they kill, so it is important to understand that a single product might not kill ALL microorganisms, and to know which products work for which germs.

Make sure you are reading your products before purchasing and know what you need to protect yourself and family.

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