Introducing New Cleaning Services in Response to COVID-19
What's new at Certified?
In light of recent events and the effects of COVID-19 Certified is providing Cleaning and Verification services for REO properties.
Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. 1
What is COVID-19 and how long does SARS-CoV-2 last on surfaces?
The virus SARS-CoV-2 (also referred to as Coronavirus) which causes the disease COVID-19, remained active on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for two to three days under the conditions in this experiment. It remained infectious for up to 24 hours on cardboard and four hours on copper. The virus was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours. These times will vary under real-world conditions, depending on temperature, humidity, ventilation, and the amount of virus deposited. 2
How do we disinfect surfaces?
Certified Management adheres to all OSHA, CDC and IICRC procedures, protocols and guidelines. For example, the recent outbreak for coronavirus is still novel, so we continuously consult with update to the minute solutions from and information from the CDC, in this situation.
→Certified Management adheres to all CDC guidelines using broad spectrum disinfectants to kill viruses and bacterium.
→ All surfaces are wiped down and decontaminate is applied with fogging as well as chemical wipe down.
→ Full-body PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) based on CDC guidelines is worn by all technicians.
What is the cleaning process & areas of disinfection?
Certified Management follows all CDC protocols in regard to cleaning areas that might be contaminated. We will clean and disinfect any business or home large or small! We disinfect the entire area with antimicrobial fogging machines using EPA-registered disinfectants.
Then do a thorough cleaning of high-touch surfaces (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks) by spraying and wiping with powerful EPA approved broad spectrum disinfectants.
What's next after cleaning?
A cleaning verification process that tests for ATP has been used in the health care and food and beverage industry for many years. The presence of ATP (an organic molecule that is used by living cells) on a surface indicates that the surface has not been adequately cleaned and has the potential to harbor and support active bacterial growth. Therefore, ATP testing has been proven to be an ideal indicator of surface cleanliness. Viruses differ from other living organisms in that they are a protein shell with RNA/DNA inside that do not generate ATP. One can assume that if a rigorous and effective cleaning program reduces the amount of bacteria on a surface, than any viruses on that surfaces would also have been removed as well. This greatly decreases the chance the virus would be able to spread from surface contact.
Certified Management has partnered with a third party indoor environmental professional who will test and analyze the data to ascertain the surface cleanliness in real time on the day of the cleaning.