Sanitizing and Cleaning Methods for Germs and Bacteria
Non-Core Business Solutions’ sanitizing/cleaning services to remove or kill the germs and bacteria that get into buildings requires specific knowledge of which methods are effective in accomplishing this important task. We must remove or kill the germs and bacteria inside buildings where they grow, and which can be a threat to the people inside, to make the building healthier. The word “germs” and “bacteria” are used synonymously in this article.
Most germs are not dangerous. But since we cannot separate the good germs from the bad germs, we work to remove as many germs as is practical. These germs that we remove might be just as alive as they ever were, but with our process they get flushed away so the dangerous germs can do no harm to those in your school, office or building.
Some customers understand and accept this method of cleaning germs by floating them down the drain, but many want us to use a good germicidal detergent as well. Many contracts require the use of germicidal detergents. Chemical companies have a huge economic interest (multimillions of dollars a year in profits) in selling germicidal detergents. Some of these germicidal detergents are effective, and we use the most effective ones when we cannot remove the germs by “floating” them away.
The Science Behind Cleaning To Remove Most Germs
The problem with germicidal products is that one germicide is designed to kill one particular germ or germ group, and it might be essentially ineffective at killing other germs. Protocols for testing the effectiveness of most germicides call for putting the germicide on the germ-containing surface and allowing it to dwell there for a certain number of minutes (usually 10 minutes). A germ count of the targeted germ is made at certain intervals during this dwell time, and a percentage of germs killed is determined for each interval. Since it is impractical to use this technology every day to kill all the different germ types on all touch surfaces, we concentrate on removing them.
The sizes of unhealthy particles we want to keep out of buildings or remove from buildings are: viruses, 0.002 to 0,4 microns; smoke from natural material, 0.01 to 0.1 microns; germs, 0.2 to 0.8 microns; atmospheric dust, which ranges in size from 0.001 to 30 microns, with most normal household dust ranging from 0.5 to many times that size; mold and mildew, 0.3 to 40 microns; animal dander, 0.4 microns to 9 microns; dust mites, 10 microns; and pollen, more than 10 microns. A HEPA filter is supposed to remove 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns and larger. A HEPA filter will remove everything listed here except viruses, small germs, small dust, and smoke from natural material.
Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) destroys or makes micro-organisms inactive when using a short wavelength. It destroys the nucleic acids in these organisms so that their DNA is disrupted by the UV radiation and the germs are unable to reproduce. This is used in some buildings to eliminate viruses and will be investigated for use in your buildings to eliminate the viruses that get in them. We are experimenting with this now. If UVGI can be effective and is approved and installed in your buildings, then we will have a plan that will eliminate the full spectrum of dangerous particles that get in your building.
Since most of these particles are too small to see, it is necessary to use instruments to measure our effectiveness at eliminating them.
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