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Disinfectant Fogging

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

a man fogging using an electrostatic sprayer SERVPRO of Providence has the equipment and skill to properly disinfect any size facility.

COVID-19, this novel-coronavirus as others call it, has forced everyone to go back to the drawing board, to ask the basic and fundamental question, how do we disinfect?

Questions Abound

In a non-pandemic time, the answer is easy to find, use a List N EPA approved disinfectant, spray and wipe surfaces. In pre-COVID days this answer is typically sufficient, the line of questioning ends here. But COVID has changed that. COVID has forced us to ask other?, more complex questions. 

  • A manpower question: If we’re disinfecting surfaces on a more regular basis, how do we keep this up? 
  • A question of size: What about large spaces like churches, schools and government buildings — how is a large facility disinfected regularly without the Governor declaring a State of Emergency and enlisting the National Guard? 
  • A question on material: What about porous materials that are not so easily sprayed and wiped? 

A Breakthrough

The professional cleaning industry has responded with a break-through technology: disinfectant fogging and the use of Electrostatic Spraying Systems. These technologies are revolutionary, innovative and give incredibly satisfying answers to these questions. 

Electrostatic spraying is able to accomplish something a non-traditional sprayer cannot, positively charged droplets and small droplets. By positively charging the disinfectant cleaner the droplets are then attracted — dare I say pulled — to the negatively charged surfaces. The size of the droplets allows this process to happen. And so an electrostatic sprayer is able to produce droplets that are 900 times smaller and two times more effective at covering surfaces. 

The Implications Are Obvious

Electrostatic spraying changes how we respond to COVID (and other infectious threats to public health). The truth is, the better a chemical is able to be fully dispersed the more efficient its disinfecting ability is. If a professional cleaning team is able to use spraying and fogging, it answers the manpower question, a small skilled crew accomplishes this. It also answers the question of size, somewhat related to manpower, spraying and fogging is effective especially in large spaces. And it also answers the porous material question, this soft material isn’t wiped, it’s sprayed. 

The EPA has realized the value of fogging and electrostatic spraying and is actively working to update its guidance. 

Ask for the experts, understand certifications and training, and know that SERVPRO has the experience to get the job done safely and quickly.

Local Providence SERVPRO Cleaning Specialist Offers Tips for Staying Healthy as COVID-19 and Flu Season Converge

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

a graphic that says viral pathogen cleaning Cleaning specialists from SERVPRO urges everyone to be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged business owners and homeowners alike to find ways to live and work without exposing themselves or others to this highly contagious virus. Now, the approaching flu season is set to complicate that challenge even further. To help control the threat that the one-two punch of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu presents, local professional cleaning specialist from SERVPRO of Providence urges everyone to be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year.

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)1 believe both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu spread primarily by droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. While not as frequent, it is also believed adults and children can contract COVID-19 or the flu by touching a surface or an object that has virus particles on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC continues to recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but experts also emphasize the importance of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily to help mitigate the potential spread from contaminated surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

To limit exposure and control the spread of these double threats, recommends you wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol, keep your hands away from your face, and wear a mask to protect others. For effective daily, routine cleaning at home or at work, recommends first removing surface grime and dirt with soap and water, then following up with a disinfectant. “It’s easier to feel comfortable about limiting exposure at home where you can control how clean your surroundings are,” said . “It’s more difficult out in public; but this year especially, it’s important to be aware of the space you’re in. You need to learn to recognize spaces where cleaning is – or is not – a priority so you can adjust your behavior accordingly.”

For those home and business owners who have specialized cleaning requirements or who simply want the peace of mind that a professional cleaning service can offer in this stressful time, SERVPRO of Providence can help. “While we remain a leader in disaster cleanup and remediation situations, we also provide that same ‘deeper level of clean’ for everyday residential and commercial cleaning. In addition, SERVPRO offers their ‘Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned’ 2 program, developed for businesses in response to the pandemic. The high level of confidence that a professionally cleaned space provides offers welcome reassurance to patrons as the flu season intersects with COVID-19.”

SERVPRO of Providence specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on the “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” program, please visit