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Cleaning and Disinfecting: Key Weapons in the Fight Against Contagious Diseases

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With concerns about controlling the spread of infectious diseases weighing heavily on people’s minds, Single Source has received calls from Rhode Island schools and businesses asking if we can effectively clean and disinfect buildings to help improve occupant health and safety. The answer is yes.

As the only Rhode Island certified Member of the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA), Single Source is uniquely qualified to perform expert cleaning and disinfection services in office buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, and more. We have over 15 years of experience handling biohazard cleanup situations from death scene cleaning and sewage backups to vermin infestations and hoarding cleanup. Click here to read ABRA’s recent letter validating its members (including Single Source) to perform the decontamination of dangerous bacteria and viruses in buildings and vehicles.

Why You Should Let Trained Professionals, Like Single Source, Handle the Initial Disinfecting Process

To perform this type of work, Single Source carries an inventory of specialized cleaning equipment and an extensive supply of  EPA-registered hospital-grade chemical disinfectants that are proven to kill viruses and bacteria. Our technicians are educated on the safe and proper handling of these chemicals and are knowledgeable about their effectiveness and application methods.

We consider each job seriously and analyze the areas affected in order to develop an organized plan of action that achieves the desired results.

The Single Source Decontamination/Disinfecting Process

  1. Cleaning: Removing visible dirt, soil and other debris using a mild detergent and water. This step must be taken before sanitizing and disinfecting because any inorganic and organic materials that remain on surfaces can interfere with the effectiveness of these other processes.
  2. Sanitization: Reducing the number of bacterial contaminants on hard surfaces to safe levels. 
  3. Disinfecting: Destroying pathogenic and microorganisms on surfaces using quaternary ammonia based envirnomental disinfectants that are bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal.
  4. ULV Fogging: A final step in the disinfection process. Ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging machines are cold fogging machines that use large volumes of air at low pressures to transform an antimicrobial liquid into droplets that are dispersed into the atmosphere.

After the Initial Decontamination/Disinfection Has Been Completed

It’s important to understand that thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting is only one part of a broad approach that is needed to help prevent infectious diseases in the workplace and other public buildings. An initial cleaning and decontamination of the area does not guarantee that the contagion will be eliminated forever.  It is essential that commonsense approaches be applied during outbreaks of infectious diseases such as keeping sick people away from others, repetitive hand washing, and the routine daily (or hourly if needed) cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces after the initial deep cleaning and disinfection process has been completed.

For more information on Single Source’s cleaning and disinfecting protocols, please call us at (855) 528-0304 or contact us by clicking here.

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