What is a Disinfectant Fogging Service?
Now more than ever, we are hyper-aware of what it really means to sanitize a space. It’s vital to keep our public areas as hygienic as we can muster as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. Many people are learning the distinction between cleaning and sanitizing for the first time. Sanitation services are also in high demand in this climate.
One sanitation service that many businesses are leaning on right now is disinfectant fogging. But what does this process entail exactly? Let’s do an overview of what this service has to offer.
What Are Disinfectant Fogging Services?
A disinfectant fogging service is a method used to disinfect a large space in a timely, effective manner. You can only cover so much ground with a cloth and disinfectant spray. Fogging aims to streamline this process, making it possible to achieve wide-reaching sterilization in a short period of time.
Disinfectant fogging is done using a machine called an ultra-low volume fogger (or a ULV fogger). Essentially, it’s comprised of a basin filled with liquid disinfectant and a spraying mechanism. The sprayer converts the liquid antimicrobial solution into a vapor. Over time, the vapor will form a dense, fog-like mist. This mist will fill up the room, coating everything it comes in contact with. It’s meant to eliminate any lingering airborne pathogens in the space. After a sufficient amount of mist is released, the person conducting the service will wait for it to settle and wipe down any remaining moisture.
Once the service is complete, the space must remain vacant for at least 6 hours, typically. Some solutions used to fog, unlike Green Earth’s Electro-Biocide™, can be irritating or harmful to the eyes, skin, throat, and lungs. Once it’s safe to reenter, there should be no lingering residue on surfaces when people return back to the space.
What Spaces Can Book This Service?
Just about any enclosed space can benefit from disinfectant fogging services. The best candidates are high-traffic areas where people spend a lot of time. This can lead to an increased presence of pathogens.
Here are some examples of spaces that could use this service:
- Office buildings
- School buses
- Lodging, hotels
- Shopping malls
How to Prepare for a Fogging Service
Before sanitation of any kind can take place, you must be sure that a space is clean. To clean is defined as “to free from dirt, marks, stains, or unwanted matter”. Dust and grime can prevent a sanitizer from reaching pathogens hidden below. Cleaning must always precede sanitation in order to assure every germ is accounted for.
Before your scheduled fogging, be sure to clean as many surfaces as possible. Be sure to focus on high-contact areas. Some fogging services also come with a cleaning service as well so be sure to confirm with the company you go through.
Scheduling a Disinfectant Fogging Service
Not all fogging services are conducted equally. Before booking a service, be sure the solution the company uses is effective against pathogens you’re most concerned about such as the COVID-19 virus. One sure-fire way to be sure your fogging is in good hands is to check if the solution they use is on the EPA’s List N.
Green Earth Colorado is here to offer a professional disinfecting service effective against 99.9999% of viruses, bacteria, mold, and fungi. We use our cutting edge Green Earth Electro-Biocide™ to assure your home or business reaches an optimal level of sanitation. Once the fogging is over, we’ll conduct a secondary spray and wipe on all high traffic areas. Luckily, with our formula, you’ll be back in the space in less than 6 hours, that’s a promise!