We all want to keep our families safe, and COVID-19 is a top concern for most people these days. We hear a lot about the things we can do to protect ourselves and our children when we have to go out in public, but what about protecting the people we love when they’re in our homes? Deep cleaning, and doing it often, is key.
The CDC and WHO both promote the importance of a clean and sanitized environment in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. The CDC has even provided specific guidelines to help you clean and disinfect your home properly.
What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting?
These words are often tossed around as if they are interchangeable, but they aren’t. It’s key to understand that cleaning alone, while a vital first step, does not kill bacteria or viruses. Cleaning refers to using water and a product like soap to remove dirt, grime, and debris from a surface. Cleaning can reduce the amount of bacteria and viruses, but does not eliminate them. This step should never be skipped, but it should always be followed with sanitizing or disinfecting.
Sanitizing and disinfecting refer to using EPA registered products that are proven to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. These products do not remove dirt and grime, that’s why you should always clean for step one, then use a disinfectant to reduce the risk of bacteria and viruses spreading infection. You can find a list of EPA registered disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2 here.
How can Chem-Dry help me deep clean my home?
Chem-Dry is proud to offer our new 3-step MicroPro Shield Service to help you keep your home clean and your family safe. The first step, DISINFECT is the core Chem-Dry disinfecting process where our professional technicians apply a hospital-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant by wiping down high-touch point areas and electrostatically spraying surfaces throughout each area serviced. Our disinfectant is food-contact-surface safe and is effective at eliminating 99.9% of bacteria from soft and hard, non-porous surfaces.1
The second step, PROTECT is an upgrade from our basic disinfecting services to also include the 90-day residual antimicrobial benefits of our MPS-90 process. This residual layer is a microscopic layer of spikes that continue to kill microbes like bacteria on contact, keeping surfaces protected for up to three months! When microbes like bacteria come into contact with the layer of spikes, the spikes mechanically kill them. The spikes pierce and rupture the microbe’s cell membrane, preventing microbes from mutating and adapting into superbugs.2
The third step is to CERTIFY that the job was done according to proper protocols and all areas treated were disinfected/sanitized and protected for up to 90-days.
Contact your local Chem-Dry today to schedule a MicroPro Shield Service: https://www.chemdry.com/franchise-locator