Covid 19 fogging and Deep Cleaning
2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year for all of us. Whilst there are always winners, and losers in these situations, our clients in the education sector have been struggling to keep their heads above water.
Budgets have been tight for many in the education sector for a number years; the pandemic has only increased pressures for Schools and Colleges in the Chester area as they have needed to carry COVID 19 Fogging decontamination.
Many of our education clients have had to bring in stricter school cleaning regimes. Where previously cleaning was done in the evening for a few hours with part-time cleaners, COVID 19 decontamination cleaning for schools in the Chester area has been needed throughout the day. This means using full-time cleaners and has put even more pressure on school budgets.
When the first lockdown hit at Nirvana, we were fortunate that 98% of our clients were operating essential services and so we were not forced to close or restrict our operations. Although our schools were only open for the children of key workers, they still needed our help with further deep cleaning.
I do appreciate how lucky we were and that we did not have to close or furlough our team members. I feel desperately sorry for all my fellow small business owners who through no fault of their own had to stop or curtail their business activities. I can’t even imagine how stressful that must have been.
As COVID remains at large in our communities, we have been working hard to keep everyone as safe as possible. World Health Organisation ( WHO ) guidelines suggest that all commercial, educational and communal premises need ‘COVID fogging decontamination’. We have invested in all the latest fogging equipment to help keep our client’s premises safe and give parents pupils and staff peace of mind. It also means we can offer a highly cost-effective package so that cleaning budgets go further. That’s important as going forward even with an effective vaccine I expect that COVID will be with us for a long time to come.
The ‘fogging’ process involves a disinfectant solution using Byotrol, and a QUAT-free Surface Sanitiser. Thus has been proven to kill 99.99% of pathogens including virus, bacteria and yeast spores. This is put into what we call a ULV fogger (Ultra Low Volume). The fogger is powered by electric and anatomises the microbial solution causing a fine mist to be created. This fills the room and disinfects and covers every surface. Whilst our cleaners work behind the fogger wiping all the surfaces down. Once all the surfaces are dried, we then test by using swabs and an ATP monitor. The process of ATP testing is very straight-forward and easy to use and provides a rapid indicator of hygiene levels that would otherwise require lab testing. We swab the area which has just be cleaned. Place the swab inside the illuminometer and record the results. Results below 10 are acceptable and show the site has been sanitised well.
The latest PPE is worn by our team members, including white suits, A1P2 aspirator masks and goggles. The solutions we use are powerful, and a mask needs to be worn at all times.COVID ‘fogging’ decontamination is now a central part of our school cleaning contract work.
We have also been asked to help our school clients with COVID outbreaks. In one of our Schools, we recently had an outbreak. Fortunately, we had both our Cleaning team and onsite Caretaker onsite to organised an immediate deep clean ., We also trained the school staff, so they are equipped and ready should there be another occurrence of COVID 19. This dramatically reduces the cost of COVID cleaning to them. Outside contractors which some can charge up to £23.00 per square metre for ‘fogging’ so our approach means there is a substantial cost saving.