Antimicrobial Disinfection Services in the Houston Area
Potentially infectious microbes surround us on a daily basis. The average person coughs ten times a day and sneezes roughly four times a day. Bathroom habits, handling of raw meat, exposure to the outdoors, pet hygiene, and endless other possible sources of microbe proliferation can impact your home.
And maybe you’re adept at frequent handwashing and other hygienic standards. Can you be sure that everyone else in your home or business, whether as a resident or as a guest, is as sanitary?
In 2020, all anybody talks about is the terrifying coronavirus epidemic. And when government agencies at every level and health organizations both local and international regularly profess the importance of basic hygienic standards, we reach an unfortunate reality: the average person in Houston is simply not always as sanitary as they should be.
Now more than ever, the cleanliness of your home is paramount; and if someone in your home has been sick, whether with the flu or COVID-19, there’s no telling what rooms or surfaces might be contaminated by airborne pathogens.
How does disinfection work?
Before we answer that, it’s important to discuss how often disinfection should be performed. In this season where there is a lot of concern for COVID-19, disinfection is recommended at least weekly or bi-weekly.
Our company takes home or residential disinfection in Houston seriously. Our disinfection application is dispersed in fine micron particles that slowly settle onto the target surfaces. This causes the surfaces to become moist for a short period after the treatment begins to take action and the surface must be left to dry.
At this stage, it is highly recommended that homeowners vacate their premises for a few hours to allow the product to settle.
What Does Antimicrobial Mean?
“Antimicrobial” is a broad term that encompasses any microorganism that may lead to illness, disease, or decay in your home. Thus, when we talk about antimicrobial disinfection services, we’re providing services that deal with a broad, thorough spectrum of possible pathogens – bacteria, fungus, parasites – and yes, our disinfection services are even antiviral.
How Do I Disinfect My Home?
While the COVID-19 epidemic is a recent occurrence, Air Quality Express has been performing home disinfection services for over ten years – and the process for antiviral disinfection is nearly identical to the procedures we already follow for other kinds of home disinfection.
That being said, if you managed to stock up on bleach and lysol spray before all the grocery stores ran out, you might think you don’t need professional disinfection services. And if you feel confident that you can expertly reach and scrub every potentially contaminated surface in your home, you might be right.
On the other hand, if you suspect your home has experienced viral exposure and you’d like peace of mind for ensuring the sanitation of your family, you should trust the antiviral disinfection experts at Air Quality Express.
Cleaning Procedures for Disinfection
As scary as the recent coronavirus outbreak is, the cleaning process for disinfecting your home is less complex than mold removal, though no less thorough. This is because mold contamination can cause structural damage to materials, while residual bacterial and viral contamination do not penetrate the surface of building materials.
Proper Safety Equipment for Antimicrobial Disinfection
Much like a serious mold remediation, professional disinfection services require the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Air Quality Express follows the guidelines set by the CDC for PPE for disinfection, including using disposable gloves and gowns during the process and full-face respirators when necessary.
EPA-Approved Antiviral Detergents
Because COVID-19 is a new viral strain, government agencies are still determining the efficacy of chemicals in eradicating the virus from the air and surfaces. However, due to its similarity to other viruses, the EPA has compiled a list of various products with emerging viral pathogens claims, including commercial detergents from companies like Ecolab Inc, Stepan Company, and W.M. Barr & Company Inc.
Scrubbing Contaminated Surfaces
Using these EPA-approved detergents, we scrub every potentially contaminated surface aggressively, and rinse and repeat. We also use equipment that can spray these detergents into out-of-reach nooks and crannies.
Once your home is properly disinfected, we remove gloves, gowns, and disposable wipes, and double bag them in EPA-approved trash bags. Upon disinfection of the outside of these bags, they can be taken out with your regular trash disposal.
And of course, at every appropriate interval, our disinfection technicians wash their hands with antimicrobial soap and water for at least twenty seconds, including every time gloves are removed.
Air Quality Express – Your Home Disinfection Professionals
In these uncertain times, it’s important to give you and your family peace of mind in every way possible. Having experienced Houston disinfection professionals like Air Quality Express just a phone call away could mean the difference between a two-week movie marathon and a real, forced quarantine – give us a call at (832) 781-0105 and schedule our home disinfection services today.
Some advice from CDC
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.