The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned a new business that’s booming in our area — home disinfection services that resemble something out of “Ghostbusters.”
“It’s 360-degree coverage. It will get into every crack and crevice, much better than a surface wipe can ever do,” said Doug Baruchin of I.T.S. Environmental Services.
Days Inn by Wyndham Guam has equipped each guest room with AirDog, an advanced air filtration system; and Protexus, a top of the line electrostatic sprayer providing next generation infection control.
A Delta Air Lines pre-flight cleaning crew member uses an electrostatic disinfection device to clean an aircraft at JFK International Airport in New York.
Dr. Stacey Rizza says that’s the way it should be. She’s an infectious disease doctor at the Mayo Clinic, which advised Hilton on its coronavirus cleaning and disinfection protocols.
“Personal safety is essential as we’re reopening our society and reopening our businesses and industry,” she says.
"The first thing we are going is enhancing our cleaning procedures," said Jason Deitz, Groome Transportation's director of marketing.
Deitz explained that they purchased electrostatic sprayers like those used in hospitals and airplanes which has an EPA registered disinfectant. They ordered them back in April and just now have them in time for their reopening.
The Best Western Pembroke has taken a team approach to dealing with the pandemic. The building not only houses a hotel, but also a full-service restaurant, conference facilities, a pool, and a gym. Due to these many uses housed under one roof, the Best Western has had to be innovative and focus on guest and customer safety. The hotel has also purchased an Evaclean fogging machine to clean throughout the building and in all guest rooms.
If the school becomes aware of a staff member or student who is sick or if there is a suspicion it’s COVID-19, the classroom will be emptied. Then the custodians will thoroughly clean the room by wiping down the surfaces and spraying with a cordless electrostatic sprayer using water-dissolving PURTABS, which are fast dissolving disinfecting and sanitizing tablets.
Thomas Whitley, a custodian at Cottonwood Elementary, uses an electrostatic sprayers to disinfect desks and chairs in a classroom Tuesday. The district uses PurTabs in the sprayers that leave the room with a chlorine, clean smell.
Inside Delta Air Lines' operation at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Most major airlines have adopted what is known as fogging into their cleaning procedures. Delta fogs aircraft before every single flight, in addition to physically wiping and cleaning surfaces.
Before Mat-Su Borough School District reopened schools in August, massive orders of cleaning supplies and equipment were placed and shipped to the Valley.
Along with hand pump disinfectant sprayers, large backpack cleaning sprayers have been utilized by custodial staff.
By adopting new technology and new procedures, the hotel is making its facilities as germ-free as science and technology allow, said hotel spokeswoman Sara Swiger.
A new sanitation process has been implemented “to deepen the property’s commitment to a safe and clean environment throughout the hotel space,” she said.
The technology uses an electrostatic disinfectant tool from a company called EvaClean. The products use sanitizing chemicals with electrostatic molecules to kill germs and viruses on surfaces.
This technology goes well beyond the Center for Disease Control’s sanitation guidelines, said Swiger.