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COVID-19 Clean Up | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

our team cleaning an affected business in charleston COVID-19 cleaning in progress

Coronavirus is an illness that affects one's respiratory system. When coming in contact with this sickness that person becomes highly contagious. This illness can be spread by getting coughed on by an affected person or touching any surface that has been contaminated with the virus. If someone in your place of employment or home has tested positive for COVID-19 do not wait, give SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville a call. We will disinfect and clear this virus out of your business. Our team uses a hospital disinfectant to sanitize and disinfect the affected areas. It is important for all parties to understand the different levels of cleaning that may or may not be possible for each surface. All surfaces can be cleaned, many surfaces can be sanitized, and some surfaces can be disinfected.

The three main levels of microbe control are:

• General surface cleaning – physically removes visible dirt, organic matter, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface. The guiding principal is to remove microbes if possible, rather than kill them (with a sanitizer or disinfectant). In addition, thoroughly cleaning a surface can reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long. 

• Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.

• Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it's used.