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Category: Cleaning

Sanitizing Vehicles for COVID-19 and Coronavirus

2020 did not start out the way we all expected.  The world has been faced with one of the most challenging and demanding situations with COVID-19 and Coronavirus.  The medical professionals along with the government have said that by practicing social distancing along with improving one’s hygiene we can stop the spread of this virus to others.

Proforce Facility Services understands that protecting you and your family is a top priority. That is why we would like to share some ways you can clean and sanitize your vehicle; we spend so much time in our cars lets keep them free of germs. All of us have been cleaning our hands, washing the surfaces where we live and work, but not many think about the vehicles we drive.  With school about to start, taking the necessary steps will be vital to everyone’s safety.  There are many simple ways you can immediately get started on, that can keep clean and disinfect your vehicle so everyone riding in it is safe.

Your car is often the first thing you touch after leaving any public place to come home.  It is possible to have been in contact with the sars COVID virus and now it is in your car.  Depending on the surface, the virus can live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. The new coronavirus seems to be able to survive the longest on plastic and stainless steel — potentially as long as three days on these surfaces. It can also live on cardboard for up to 24 hours.  Taking the necessary precautions will be a vital part of preventing transmission to others, especially to those in your own home.

Listed below are the best methods we recommend for sanitizing your vehicle:

Leather Cleaning and Sanitization

It is not recommended to clean your leather with a sanitizing wipe or spray because you can damage the leather finish. The simplest solution is soap and water; it then becomes a two for one deal because you are cleaning your hands at the same time.  Soapy water is perfectly effective and safe for leather seats.  Soap works because it breaks down the fatty bilayer of many viruses which dissolves the fat membrane and kills the pathogens. Soap is also much gentler on leather than bleach or alcohol-based cleaners, which can ruin and damage the finish. Once your seats are dry from being cleaned it is recommended to apply a leather conditioner to add to the protection of the leather.

Follow these steps:

  1. Put on a pair of disposable gloves.
  2. Dampen the seats and lather with soap for at least 20 seconds. *You can use any household soap.
  3. Wipe clean with a dry cloth
  4. Apply leather conditioner to prevent drying
  5. Properly dispose of gloves, wash your drying towel and hands!

Car Dashboard Cleaning and Sanitization

Just like leather upholstery, the best thing to clean your dashboard without damaging the surface is soap and water! First, dampen the area and scrub with soap for 20 seconds, rinse with a wet towel cloth. Although cleaning the buttons can be difficult they are important.  Be careful when cleaning to not get water inside which can possibly cause damage, it is recommended to clean those areas or buttons with alcohol-based wipes or other cleaners that are known to kill the virus. Here is a link to the EPA certified cleaners that will kill Covid-19 here.

Steering Wheel, Seat Belts, Handles, and Other Car Surfaces Cleaning and Sanitization

The car steering wheel can be cleaned based on the material of the wheel.  If it is a leather wheel, follow the same steps listed above for leather upholstery. This is a surface you should be cleaning frequently so create a routine so that you can maintain your safety and health.  The quickest and easiest way to clean it in a pinch is by using sanitizing wipes. It is suggested you keep a container of wipes in your glove box to clean frequently touched surfaces like the steering wheel, seat belts, controls, door handles, and gear shift daily. If you are worried about damaging any surfaces, you can test the product in an inconspicuous area first to prevent any discoloration or degradation.

Outside vs Inside of the Car Cleaning and Sanitization

Most owners like to keep their car shining from the outside more than the inside as it’s more visible. However, keeping the car clean from inside is more important as that’s the space you spend your time. Firstly, make sure the cabin is properly vacuumed to remove all the dust and grime that gets deposited with time. Then ensure the carpets and the more difficult to reach areas like the front under-seat section, the recess in the front console, bottle holder slots on the door trims, and also the gaps between the seats and the console are cleaned thoroughly.

We understand also at Pro-Force Facility Services that everyone is super busy and may not have time to clean their vehicles.  That is why we offer a car cleaning service to help you not have to worry about it, whether you are an individual or a business owner who needs their fleet of vehicles cleaned regularly give us a call today and we will clean and sanitize it for you.

Commercial Disinfecting & Sanitizing Service

Clean and Sanitize Your Building

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has made its way across the globe and has touched nearly every country and city in the world.  A great concern for business owners is keeping their employees safe therefore it is important for building management to learn the proactive steps they can take to prevent the spread of illness.

High-touch areas of buildings can harbor millions of bacteria, which is why it is encouraged to regularly clean and disinfect the areas.  The surfaces in buildings that are most likely to harbor germs to help your cleaning team are the following:

Appliances ⋅ Chairs ⋅ Coffee stations ⋅ Computers ⋅ Desks ⋅ Diaper changing stations ⋅ Door handles/knobs ⋅ Elevator buttons ⋅ Keyboards ⋅ Surfaces in breakrooms ⋅ Light switches ⋅ Railings ⋅ Reception areas ⋅ Sinks ⋅ Tables ⋅ Telephones ⋅ Bathrooms ⋅ TV remotes ⋅ Furniture ⋅ Water coolers

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) informs us that there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting areas. Simple cleaning solutions are good for removing dirt while disinfecting solutions work to kill germs and bacteria. If you’re looking to properly sanitize contaminated surfaces in your building, you’ll need to use a combination of cleaning products and sanitizing products or find a cleaning solution that specifically performs both functions.

Coronavirus is no harder to kill than any other virus in our environment. Different sanitation products have different kill times, so it’s essential to read the label and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Spending time and money to clean is useless if the cleaning isn’t effective.

“How Can Businesses Help Keep Their Employees Safe from COVID-19”?

The workplace should be kept clean and sanitary, by utilizing professional cleaners that are regularly scheduled to clean the high touched surfaces mentioned above.  Pro-Force Facility Services uses state-of-the-art electrostatic disinfectant equipment and traditional cleaning methods to provide comprehensive cleaning solutions for all types of facilities. Electrostatic disinfecting is a fast and cost-effective supplement to standard cleaning regimens as a way of thoroughly applying sanitizers and disinfectants to surfaces, regardless of the shape or angle of the surface in question.

“Is there any kind of product or application process that will kill COVID-19 for an extended period”?

Unfortunately, there is not a product that can be applied to kill COVID-19 for an extended period of time.  While there are products (antimicrobial coatings) on the market making claims about “keeping surfaces clear of human coronavirus for up to 90 days with just one application”, there is no evidence that these products or applications actually work.

“Once a surface is disinfected, how long will it remain free from contamination”?

A surface can be re-contaminated immediately if someone with a virus touches the surface. As mentioned in the previous question, there is no product or process that, when applied, will kill any coronavirus for an extended period. However, the good news is that COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. So, if an infected person touches a surface, yet doesn’t sneeze or cough, on it, the surface should not be contaminated.

“How can I be sure my commercial cleaning company is using a disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19?”

The disinfecting chemicals should be included on the EPA’s List N. This is a list of registered disinfectants that have been proven effective against Human Coronavirus. The EPA has not established any effectiveness protocols for surface disinfectants. However, most in the scientific community believe that when the EPA establishes protocols, the results will show that if surface disinfectants are effective for other Coronaviruses, they will also be effective for COVID-19.

What does Pro-Force Facility Services Offer?

The service we offer covers everything required to meet all guidelines in place. We do not only cover disinfecting in full-face and half-face respirators but also deal with properly disposing of all contaminated PPE and debris from the cleaning. No matter the industry you are in that’s reopening; you can trust Pro-Force Facility Services to professionally clean everything from schools to residential buildings and offices to warehouses.

All the products we utilize are on the EPA’s N-List, meaning that they are effective against the human coronavirus strain. They either kill on contact or typically require a dwell/contact time of 10 minutes.

Misinformation can be dangerous in a health crisis, especially in the early stages of a pandemic. Remember to seek information only from credible organizations. For the most current information on the latest health and safety precautions, turn to the following organizations as a starting point.

Our services help:

  • Reduce the risk of infection or illness
  • Reduce the risk of cross-contamination
  • Reduce operations downtime

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