The one question that you should always ask your cleaning supplier is 'How do I know the cleaning and disinfecting process has worked?’
Firstly the facts about COVID-19
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.
A link to the Government website and their guidance is found below for non-healthcare settings. For any healthcare locations please contact us directly.
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. WHO and HSE state that cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is a critical part to being COVID Secure. Along with Hands, Face, Space approach, the sanitising of surfaces can help prevent and control any outbreaks.
Proper cleaning processes help with preventing any spread of COVID-19 but it also helps eliminate other harmful viruses and bacteria that may be introduced into an environment. It gives comfort to your employees and visitors that the environment you are providing is being properly serviced.
What cleaning process should I use?
There are different solutions for different environments and some are more suited than others. There are many claims being made about products and services on offer and not all are suitable or accurate in their claims. Therefore, always do your research and ask at least one question to your cleaning supplier 'How do I know the cleaning and disinfecting process has worked?’ Any decent cleaning supplier will be able to provide you with their method and evidence of checking the decontamination of surfaces. We do offer chemical used and supplied by the NHS which are environmentally friendly and provides a quick turnaround for areas to be used again.
Why should you consider Wetton Cleaning?
We have a variety of products to meet every budget and we only recommend the most cost effective solutions. We look to see if savings can be made from your existing service and that you are receiving value for money. From chemicals that can continue to work against COVID-19 after application to dry fogging rooms. We can explain why the method we recommend is best suited to your site and needs. We carry out follow up visit and provide electronic reports with swab readings among other tests to demonstrate cleaning effectiveness. We offer additional support and after service care to meet our client's needs.
As well as having numerous accreditations we have joined forces with the NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service to set a minimum recognised hygiene standard. We have also been accredited to ‘Safer Space’ who set a minimum standard for combating pandemics. They insist on using approved chemicals, approved machinery, approved training and approved measurements of performance.
We continue to review the market place and carry out our own in-house tests on product claims before we recommend them to our clients.