Well it’s safe to say the world has gone into meltdown and lockdown with the threat of life being at an alltime high.
Every step and turn taken is a venture into unfound territory as we have never been in this situation…. Well not in my lifetime anyway!
I don’t have the answers to what is going on at the moment!
Some say it’s a natural epidemic and conspiracy theorists believe that Covid-19 has been “released” in order of a bigger play!!
I don’t think we will never know what is really going on other than what we will experience in our own lives and see on the news.
Covid-19 is a killer… to peoples lives, peoples income, families, and the Economy.
So can we reduce the spread?
And I don’t mean the recommended Stay At Home, Save Lives, Protect The NHS.
Do we know how to reduce the spread from surfaces?
In Short - Yes.
Taking guidelines from The Centers For Disease Control (United States) and The World Health Organisation (United Nations) we are able to understand the correct methods to sanitise external and internal areas.
However, before we get into that let’s look at a few definitions.
Clean, Sanitise and Disinfect.
Clean = Remove germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces and objects. Cleaning work by using soap(or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces.
Sanitise = Lowers the number of germs on surfaces to a safe level. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfect = Kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning.
Taking the above into account the way to sanitise an area is to start by scratch cleaning the object be it a bench, shopping trolley or railing. This is carried out by simply using a brush.
The next step would be to sanitise and disinfect.
This is carried out using a bleach based solution. To be accurate the bleach needs to be at a level of 0.05% of a mixture between bleach and water.
This is great for us commercially using the large blend units we have in the back of our vans. We are able to fill up our specially designed tanks with water, bleach and soaps. Then by turning a few dials our blend units provide the correct amounts of bleach, water and soaps..
Commercially we use Sodium Hypochlorite as the bleach.
But can you make a solution for cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting your surfaces at home.
Most common household disinfectants (If not past it’s sell by date) should be effective, diluted down accordingly.
OK there are a few disclaimers here...
NEVER MIX HOUSEHOLD BLEACH WITH AMMONIA OR ANY OTHER CLEANSER...
You obviously have to follow the manufacturers guidelines (Reading the small print on the back of the bottle) for use and then use the correct PPE. Not only to use the cleaning solution but to protect yourself against the virus.
So, how do you prepare a bleach solution?
5 tablespoons (⅓ cup) bleach per gallon of water or
4 teaspoon of bleach per quart of water.
If you are a visual person…
You can watch a video of AC Lockyer who owns Softwash Solution (The Founder of our Network) here where he shows you how to mix using the above guidelines. The only difference between the above recommendation and our SoftWash Systems Solution is that AC adds a green wash which is a booster to Sodium Hypochlorite.
Remember, to leave your solution on a surface so it has a contact time of anywhere between 1 to 10 minutes..
So there you have it.
By mixing the above solution you can sanitise surfaces at your home or work place.
Will we survive the Covid-19 pandemic?
Sadly, there will be more sorrow and fatalities before we get through.
There will be years of hardship after we have been through the epidemic from a financial point of view.
And I believe the way we live our lives in the future will change.
Sanitisation services will be required as a regular service going forward.
But…. eventually, we will come through this..
And I would like to think that we will learn from past mistakes and be better prepared for the next time we have to deal with an epidemic on this level.
However, For the time being
Stay Home, Save Lives and Protect The NHS
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