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While handwashing is a vital weapon in the battle against Covid-19, so is keeping surfaces clean and disinfected. Covid-19 is a droplet spread virus and although it is very unlikely to be airborne, Covid-19 can be found on surfaces. Tests indicate it may hang around on surfaces for up to nine days, depending on the surface type.
Crucially though, Covid-19 can be removed through good, deep cleaning. How we get rid of Covid-19 on surfaces depends on the surface to be cleaned.
In a shared workspace the most vital things to keep clean are those things that people can cough and sneeze on, or that lots of people touch: things such as door and fridge handles, benches, tabletops, handrails, lift buttons, switches, communal printers, toilets etc.
A combination of deep cleaning and disinfection is the most effective way of removing the COVID-19 virus. Remember, even an anti-viral disinfectant may not kill the virus if the surface has not been cleaned with a detergent first. Cleaning reduces the soil load on the surface, allowing the disinfectant to do it work and kill viruses.
For antiviral disinfectants to actually do their job as they should, we need to ensure the microbes we are trying to get rid of sit and stew in the disinfectant: surfaces need about 10 seconds soaking with the disinfectant for it to work.
Often, we just use a cloth to wipe the microbes around rather than allowing the disinfectants to work. This is not effective.
When cleaning for coronaviruses, such as Covid-19, you need to use a detergent that can deactivate these enveloped viruses. We sell the type of antiviral disinfectant NZ businesses can use with confidence to keep their workplaces safe.
Published scientific literature shows that quaternaries are generally fungicidal, bactericidal, and virucidal against lipophilic (enveloped) viruses, such as Covid-19, and are sold as hospital disinfectants. Unlike chlorine-based products, EC1 Cleaner Sanitiser can also be used safely on all surfaces, such as polished floors, fittings and benches.
When deep cleaning it is good to remember two general principles.
Use the following steps to clean an environment:
If you have questions about the type of sanitiser or antiviral disinfectant NZ business owners should use in their workplaces, contact one of our experts on 0508 467 462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: Wednesday 22 April 2020
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