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Hiring A Disinfectant Fogging Service? What To Look For

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Things To Consider When Hiring A Disinfectant Fogging Service

We define disinfectant fogging as the process of using a machine to dispense an EPA-registered disinfectant in the form of a super-fine mist. This mist coats surfaces and disinfects them on contact while also providing benefits for the air you breathe.

As a savvy consumer you know not all services are created equal. Thus, there are several important things to consider when hiring a professional disinfectant fogging service. We highlight them below.

Read: When To Hire A Disinfectant Fogging Service

Are they insured?

A reputable disinfectant fogging service will take steps to mitigate any damage from their process, but if something goes wrong, how can the company fix it? This is where insurance comes in.

Fogging devices create a powerful air flow that can knock over and break valuable items. Plus, depending on what they use to fog with, valuable items may become discolored and ruined from the process. A reputable service company will have general liability insurance to replace items or inventory that may become damaged.

Do they have experience?

While experience isn't a determining factor of performance, it can be a telltale sign of knowledge, experience and wisdom. Some companies started when the pandemic hit and folded just months after, while others--like Germz Be Gone--have been providing fogging services since 2011.

Are they using EPA-registered fogging solutions?

Most disinfectants are not meant to be used in a fogging application. Common disinfectants, like hydrogen peroxide, while used by some fogging services, have not been approved for use in a fogger by the EPA. Services caught using disinfectants (and any other chemical) not in accord with their approved use can face stiff fines and penalties--so too can the companies who hire them.

Besides, would you trust a company who doesn't even read the labels of the solutions they are using?

What do they include in their process?

Don't be fooled into thinking all fogging services are the same. They are not! For instance, some disinfectant fogging services only fog. Others may wipe down light switches, door knobs and other frequently-touched items. 

You may not feel like you've received the value you're looking for if the service you choose is one of those "fog only" outfits. You want to choose a company who understands infection risk and disease transmission. A company who goes above and beyond to ensure the job is done right--the first time.

Always ask what their process includes.

It's go time!

If you’ve been considering this process, contact Germz Be Gone today to schedule a complimentary on-site evaluation or book directly online.

We serve the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara Central Coast, and Southern Nevada (Las Vegas & Henderson)

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When To Hire Disinfectant Fogging Services

By now, you’ve probably heard of disinfectant fogging. If not, disinfectant fogging is the process of using a machine to dispense an EPA-registered disinfectant in the form of a super-fine mist. This mist coats surfaces and disinfects them on contact while also providing benefits for the air you breathe.

Read: Things To Consider When Hiring A Disinfectant Fogging Service?

Although the benefits are plentiful, you may be wondering when is a good time to bring in a disinfectant fogging service.

The truth is, there’s no “bad” time to get professional disinfectant fogging services. Whether you’re OCD about your environment's hygiene, want to better protect customers and employees from the spread of germs, or remove odors from athletic locker rooms, there are countless reasons to get your business, office, home or gym professionally fogged up.

Here are some of the most common reasons for contacting your local disinfectant fogging service:

  • Coronavirus or monkeypox concerns
  • Frequent flu outbreaks
  • Rapid spread bacterial infections
  • Mold and mildew control
  • Allergen reduction
  • Odors from pets and smoke
  • Reopening after a construction project
  • Reopening after a flood or fire

As you can see, there are many circumstances where you may want to hire professional disinfectant fogging services. If you’ve been considering this process, contact Germz Be Gone today to schedule a complimentary on-site evaluation or book directly online.

We serve the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara Central Coast, and Southern Nevada (Las Vegas & Henderson)

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How To Clean A Car Seat In 5 Steps

(If you want the easiest method in the world skip to the bottom!)

Quick, To-The-Point Guide For Car Seat Cleaning

Here is a brief rundown on how to clean a child car seat:

1. Begin by removing the car seat from the car.

2. Next, take off any removable covers and wash them according to the manufacturer's instructions.

3. To clean the car seat itself, use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove any crumbs or dirt.

4. For tougher stains, you can use a mild soap and water solution. Be sure to rinse the seat well and allow it to air dry completely before reassembling.

5. Once everything is clean and dry, replace the covers and put the car seat back in the car.

 

Easiest method: hire a baby gear cleaning professional like Germz Be Gone. Book here!

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY CHILD'S CAR SEAT?

New parents often ask me how often they should get their child's car seat cleaned and sanitized. While we at Germz Be Gone would love for people to have their child's car seat cleaned every day, we know that's not practical nor necessary. The answer depends on many factors, but I've come up with a basic guide for you to use and share with your friends who have kids too.

From what I've observed, the cleanliness of a child's car seat depends on their age. For instance, a newborn is not going to have gummies stuck in their seat, but they may have an explosive diaper and such. On the other end, a five year old shouldn't have an explosive diaper, but their car seat will have plenty of crumbs and small toys hidden in its crevices.

So really, a child's age dictates which activities are taking place in their car seat and, in turn, how often cleaning should happen.

It should go without saying that ANY leakage or deposits of bodily fluids like blood, urine, vomit and poop warrant immediate and prompt attention with the appropriate cleaning solutions.

Feel free to link to this guide on all of your social media pages.

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5 Things To Sanitize In Your Office Right Now

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Part of preventing the spread of germs is basic cleaning and sanitizing of the environment around you. Think about your shared office space and all the gross little germs that float around and stick to your belongings and things you use on the daily. Things like your keyboard and mouse are easy pipelines for germ transmission. But what about other items?

Here are five things you should sanitize in your office immediately to help prevent the spread of disease in your office:

  1. Keyboard, wrist rest, mouse and mousepad – you touch your face almost as much as you touch your keyboard and mouse. That’s just nasty. No biggie though. Just lock your computer before cleaning those keys. Spray a nontoxic cleaner onto a microfiber rag first and then get to cleaning. Try this gel to get in the crevices.
  2. Telephone/cellphone – you’d be surprised how much oil and makeup get caked onto telephone receivers and cellphones. A little cotton pad and rubbing alcohol go a long way in this process. If you have a phone cover, be sure to use a qtip and clean those crevices where the microphone, selfie camera, charge port, headphone jack and earpiece are located. If you have a landline, make sure to get into the crevices of the phone cradle too.
  3. Desk and filing cabinet handles – you can take a glance at your desk right now and probably see all kinds of smudges and prints. You better believe germs are lurking right there. Use a clean microfiber rag for the most efficient results.
  4. Doorknobs and light switches – the first things you touch on your way in and out of your office should definitely get sanitized. Particularly if you’re a smoker, you can avoid the tar buildup on the switch and knobs by doing this frequently.
  5. Purse/Wallet/Lunch Bag – When was the last time you sanitized your handbag? Your lunch bag? I know, pretty gross, right? Maybe that stomach issue you had yesterday was from one of the billions of bacteria or fungi lurking in your bag that magically made its way onto your face after you pulled out your lip balm. Piece of gum any one? Fellas…you nasty too! I’m pretty sure you never thought about cleaning your billfold since you got it. Why do you think it’s sometimes called “dirty money?”

Insider Tip: Review your cleaning contract. Most commercial cleaning services have terms in place that prevent them from touching anything on your desk–let alone your keyboard and mouse.  If your service is supposed to include your desk and items on it, and these things aren’t being cleaned, your cleaning company is putting you at risk. Maybe it’s time to start looking for a commercial cleaning service that places customer service and your health first.

Contact us for a FREE estimate. We’ll spend the time to get to know your pain points and wishlist, then tailor a cleaning program just for your office.

Picking Up The Blitz

Keep in mind that when you use toxic chemicals to sanitize you are likely killing all microbes–both bad and good.

The good ones are known as probiotics and are all around us. They are on our skin, in our mouth, in our gut, in the air we breathe even the dirt we grow food in and play with. Probiotics act as the first line of defense from harmful germs.

Toxic chemicals kill these good microbes and leave us more defenseless when under attack from the flu, cold, and, yes, coronavirus. It’s like a quarterback being attacked by a blitz and no offensive line is even on the field for protection.

Don’t get sacked! Use probiotic cleaners for the ultimate protection.

Probiotic cleaners contain good bacteria that help maintain a healthy microflora in your environment. They protect you from germs in the following ways:

  • Probiotics eat the food sources germs would normally eat. Germs die of starvation.
  • Probiotics crowd out germs so they have no place to live. No shelter, germs die.
  • Probiotics “eat up the dead bodies on the battlefield.” When most disinfectants kill every living thing, unless you wipe and clean afterwards, they leave dead microbes behind on the surface. These dead microbes act as a buffet for the next germs to come along, feed, and grow stronger. This helps lead to the creation of superbugs too. Probiotics, on the other hand, eat up the dead microbes because these microbes are food for them too. Less food in the food supply and germs die of eventual starvation.
  • Probiotics reduce allergens. They eat up pollen, pet dander, dead skin cells, dust, etc. With less allergens attacking your body, your immune system can focus on the more sinister threats like viruses.
  • Probiotics “quorum sense.” When bacteria and other microorganisms get together, they take a vote. This is called quorum sensing. If they’ve multiplied enough and have the numbers, they’ll vote to turn on their virulence and infect their host. However, if they hold the vote and determine they are outnumbered by the probiotics and won’t be successful in their attempt to infect, they won’t turn on their virulence. In other words, as long as the good germs outnumber the bad, the bad germs have very little chance of survival and you stay healthier.

Keep your office healthier this season and sanitize the items you use every day every day.