Delta also uses an electrostatic spray (Delta calls it fogging) for aircraft cabins and has greatly expanded its deployment in recent weeks. In February, the airline was spraying the cabins of international aircraft during their overnight stops in the U.S. But this month, Delta started applying overnight fogging in all of its domestic aircraftas well. “The procedure uses a safe, high-grade EPA-registered disinfectant that is highly effective against many communicable diseases, including coronaviruses,” Delta said. “Following the fogging procedure, cleaning crews thoroughly clean cabin surfaces including tray tables, seatback screens, and lavatories.”
The electrostatic spray disinfecting process used by major airlines comes from a company called EarthSafe, based in Braintree, Mass. The company saidthat besides airlines, its products have been “widely adopted by major airports,” including Hollywood Burbank and Las Vegas McCarran – and by the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART).
Electrostatic sprayers can improve the cleaning process as the agency prepares for an increase in service and ridership.
Delta Airlines has provided the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) with 50 electrostatic sprayers to help with easier and more effective cleaning of MARTA buses, trains and rails stations as the agency prepares for an increase in service frequency and ridership.
The electrostatic sprayers disperse disinfectant in a fine mist that clings to and sanitizes surfaces without leaving a residue. The 30 handheld and 20 backpack sprayers are being used by trained MARTA maintenance crews to disinfect vehicles and facilities in a fraction of the time needed for a typical wipe down cleaning.
As airlines begin to see increasing numbers of air travelers, Ontario International Airport (ONT) is poised to welcome travelers back to the airport with open arms – and a video showing many of the steps taken to help make their return safe and secure.
Ontario also directed its contractor, Diverse Facility Solutions, to spray every surface of the airport nightly with a highly effective disinfectant using Protexus, a cordless electrostatic sprayer that charges a dilution of a 3M disinfectant product known to be effective against coronaviruses. The fine mist adheres to hard, non-porous surfaces as well as to soft surfaces such as fabrics and upholstery. The electrostatic charge causes the spray to attach to the surface bringing 360-degree, touchless disinfection and sanitizing capabilities. The product dries in 10 minutes.
Dan Rogers, owner of RMC Cinemas, says that the South Jacksonville location has put together effective measures for employees and theatre goers to enjoy their summer blockbuster. “Our theatre in South Jacksonville, which has 8 screens, our first priority is the safety of our employees and our customers, and we are eager to welcome back our customers in a responsible manner. As far as the environment would go in the theatre, our restrooms are brand new. They don’t have doors on them. We would be doing extra sanitizing of the counters and toilet areas. We have purchases special EPA-approved products instead of just over-the-counter products, and in our auditoriums, what we are doing is we have purchased Protexus Electrostatic sprayers, which is what Delta Airlines is using in between flights. It’s a mist that goes through and electrostatically attaches and kills viruses on seating surfaces.
The first week of March, the 123-bed facility barred visitors, enacting a precaution that didn't become mandatory across Massachusetts until days later. Staff scrambled to snap up any personal protective equipment they could get their hands on.
"We went on Amazon," D'Andrea said. "We were ordering from anywhere you could possibly order … We've begged, borrowed and begged even more for donations."
They shut down access to common areas, cooked free meals for their 200 staffers and made employees care packages with food and toilet paper to try and cut down on their trips to the grocery store. They bought an electrostatic sanitizing sprayer, like the ones used by airlines, and tested anyone that showed the slightest sign of illness.
Officials at Pearl River Resort and Bok Homa Casino are taking major steps in preparation for reopening after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resort plans include strict sanitation and safety protocols, required facemasks for associates, installation of plexiglass barriers, additional hand sanitizer stations added throughout the property, many slot machines turned off and chairs removed to ensure social distancing, table games to allow a limited number of players, maximum of four guests per elevator and restaurants will have distanced seating and limited occupancy.
The Resort has also taken additional measures to protect guests:
- Trane UV Light Air Cleaning System– UV lighting technology system will be installed to filter and clean the air as it circulates throughout the casinos.
- Hold Safe Handrail UV Disinfection Units–Advanced UV technology will be utilized on the handrails of the escalators and sky-bridge walkways to continuously disinfect as they rotate.
- Chip Cleaning Machines – Chip cleaning machines will be used to clean and disinfect gaming chips at all table games.
- Electrostatic Spray Technology– During designated times, sections of the gaming floor will be closed to allow for cleaning. The electrostatic spraying technology uses an electrical charge to dispense the appropriate sanitizers and disinfectants in a spray mist to wrap around and evenly coat surfaces for a more complete clean.
“During the closure, IPIC Theater’s priority has been to develop a way to offer our unique cinematic and dining experience where our guests can entrust that we have done everything possible to ensure their wellness,” said Paul Safran, IPIC Theater’s CEO and Legal Counsel in a statement. “We have developed new standards to limit interactions between guests and team members, while still delivering the same premium experience that our guests expect. In addition, we’ve acquired new technologies to help maintain the health of everyone in our cinemas and restaurants.”
These new safety guidelines include implementation of the Centurion T165K EBT Thermal Scanner and Evaclean Electrostatic Sprayer.
American Queen Steamboat Company has announced it is partnering with Ochsner Health by implementing Ochsner’s Safe to Return Employer Solutions to help improve and maintain a healthy and safe return of guests and crew to its fleet.
Staterooms: Cabin staff will clean and sanitize all surfaces of the stateroom and utilize an EPA-approved disinfectant spray, as well as the cutting-edge Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer equipment to fog staterooms daily.
For those venturing out for a holiday, some elements of an overnight stay will seem the same – but other aspects will be noticeable, says Kirsten Leigh Pratt of boutique hotel Silver Lake Pool & Inn.
Overall, technology has played a big role in the new rollout. Touch tablets in rooms take the place of all necessary room information and transactions, such as ordering mini-bar beverages and snacks.
Housekeepers use the Protexus electrostatic spraying system that uses an EPA-approved product effective against COVID-19 in 1 minute; the process also makes sanitizing quicker for staff. Guests can ask for additional treatments during their stay as daily housekeeping is by request only.
While major airlines are still exploring the prospect of using antimicrobial coatings inside their jets, almost all are using surface disinfectants dispersed by electrostatic sprayers to kill germs on the spot.
“We have eight minutes to do the whole plane,” said Jeremiah Gray, the chief operating officer of EvaClean, whose product is used by Delta Airlines on the planes and at the gates and inside terminals. “It is a testament to the efficiency of our product and the ability to disinfect rapidly.”
The disinfectant is dispersed in a mist via industrial sprayers that release “charged droplets,” which can magnetically attach themselves to surfaces, allowing for more efficient and even coverage, Gray said.
In April, Delta released video of cleaners using electrostatic sprayers to disinfect its planes in an effort to assure customers the product offers a “quick drying process” that makes it “immediately safe to breathe on board.”