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ICT’s own Thomas Licker was recently called on in an article in The Atlantic to explain deep cleaning in the age of COVID19.

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What is a Deep Clean?

We’ve all heard this phrase before but what does a ‘deep clean’ really mean? In areas that are high risk – schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. deep cleaning means more than just a Clorox wipe. These situations call for a professional staff with certifications in bio hazard remediation. As stated in the article, these services are able to use swabs to test for biological living organisms. Professional staffs also have access to the ‘Big Guns’ of cleaning – quaternary ammonium, ionized hydrogen peroxide, and SteraMistTM systems.

After the Deep Clean

Once a deep clean is performed, the best way to ensure a room stays that way is to prevent any new exposures. For some locations, such as schools, the way to do this is to shut down. But what about buildings that can’t be shuttered such as hospitals? After the deep clean, existing staff should be vigilante about constant sanitizing and disinfecting. Areas that are open to the public need to be monitored for new instances of COVID19 exposure. If a new exposure is detected there may be the need for additional deep cleaning.

Beware Impostors

According to Licker, the phone has been ringing off the hook. With this explosion in demand, Infection Control Tech and other professional remediation companies have had to prioritize high risk clients such as hospitals, schools and nursing homes. This creates an opportunity for less than qualified companies to attempt to fill the demand with potentially disastrous consequences.

Those not trained and certified in this kind of work that attempt to perform it could fail to properly address known exposure areas, leaving the risk in place and giving the false impression that professional remediation is not effective against COVID19. Another risk of unqualified individuals performing this work is a failure to protect the workers themselves. Workers who have not completed the proper training for this work run the risk of becoming infected themselves and spreading the infection to new locations along with coworkers and their own families.

The bottom line- when in doubt, call a professional remediation service with the proper training with any questions. They’re best suited to assess the risk, if a deep clean is needed and how to proceed with one if the circumstances call for it.

Infection Control Technologies, (ICT) a division of Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc. (IRS) is one of the nation’s leading Building Hygiene contractors. ICT provides Facility Hygiene Services and Emergency Decontamination for some of the nation’s most respected real estate and Risk Management Professionals, Health Care, Municipalities, Institutions, Food Safety, Transportation, and government organizations.