The one question that you should always ask your cleaning supplier is 'How do I know the cleaning and disinfecting process has worked?’  

How long does COVID-19 survive on surfaces?

The survival time for viruses is generally 9 days depending on the surface and environment.  There was a study in October 2020 which showed that under the right conditions, COVID-19 could last on surfaces for up to a month.  There is no published study with regards to the varying COVID-19 strains that are being discovered and if they have a different survival time. 

We recommend that all areas where cases of COVID-19 have been present, receives a disinfection clean with approved chemicals and appropriate PPE.  We note that early in the pandemic, published survival times for COVID-19 as provided by WHO were: -

  • Air: 3 hours
  • Cardboard: 24 hours
  • Copper: 4 hours
  • Plastic: 72 hours or more
  • Steel: 48 hours 
  • Please remember these times can vary depending on the environment to which these surfaces are located. 

There is a reduction in risk of contracting the virus from a surface over time but you should always act immediately you become aware, ensure you have effective routine cleaning programs that can demonstrate effectiveness in the fight against COVID-19.  In addition, ensure you have a provision in place for COVID-19 emergency call outs when required to help reduce any disruption to your operation.


Should I sanitise my premises?
Yes, one of the UK Government COVID Secure requirements is that all premises being used should be sanitised on a regular basis with increased cleaning frequency carried out to high touch points during the day.

Why should I use Wetton to sanitise my premises?
There are many companies offering a variety of sanitising services and lots of claims being made about the services being offered. Not all processes are suitable for all situations. In order to differentiate ourselves from these organisations, we have accredited our company with ‘Safer Space’.

‘Safer Space’ set the standard for sanitising and decontamination cleans by ensuring that accredited cleaning provides must use: -
• Approved Chemicals
• Approved Machinery and Application
• Approved Training for Operatives
• Approved monitoring and testing to ensure the sanitising service is successful
• ‘Safer Space’ carry out random independent audits to confirm the service provider is maintaining the standards.
• As an accredited organisation we can provide ‘Safer Space’ certificates for your premises to confirm the above standards have been met.

Our approved chemical can continue to fight COVID19 for up to 3 months after application which is the most cost-effective solution that we believe is available. We provide you with an electronic quality report including our microbe swab tests to demonstrate that our service has delivered an ultra-clean, hygienic environment for your staff and visitors.
What additional support can you offer?

Wetton can provide you with recommended cleaning programs as well as support with quarantine rooms and quick inexpensive sanitising packs for small areas which you can complete yourselves should you wish. We also can provide emergency callouts and additional support whenever required.

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