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Humans Cause Chemicals To Be Harmful (Maybe)

A new study shows that we create our own oxidation fields through the oils and fats on our skin, which has implications for indoor air quality and human health.

One of those implications, as atmospheric chemist Jonathan Williams points out, is that "We need to rethink indoor chemistry in occupied spaces because the oxidation field we create will transform many of the chemicals in our immediate vicinity."

I interpret his words to mean that the chemicals we currently use are more detrimental than we first thought. The fact they interact with our own oxidation field and can become more volatile and harmful is absolutely alarming.

For instance, hydrogen peroxide should not be used where chemicals like bleach or ammonia are used because their interactions can cause deadly gases and other compounds. Is something similar happening immediately on and arround your body and affecting you in harmful ways?

All of this is just another reminder to go nontoxic. If you haven't tried the nontoxic cleaning solutions or services on the market today you may want to start before you do yourself more harm than good.

The research has been published in Science.

 
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Who Can Benefit From Disinfectant Fogging?

If you've read what to look for and when to hire a disinfectant fogging service, then you already know you can benefit from disinfectant fogging. But besides you who else might be able to benefit? 

Allergy sufferers

If you suffer from  allergies, you should become best friends with your local disinfectant fogging service. Some disinfectants can actually combat pollen, dust mites, dander, and even neutralize peanut allergens.

AirBnB hosts

Your guests expect the property they rent to be at least clean and odor free. If there was an unexpected smoker in the home or pet odor is out of control, disinfectant fogging can be a great solution to quickly ready the home for the next guest. 

Offices

If you work in an office that typically means you are in close quarters with other people. Oftentimes, your colleagues come to work sick, placing everyone in the office at risk. If you notice bouts with the same bug going around your office, disinfectant fogging can help reduce the spread of those germs so you can get back to productivity.

Homes

Much the same as offices, germs can spread quickly inside the home. Sometimes, illnesses can linger. That usually means a sharing of the same germs over and over again with a couple mutations of the germs in there so they stick around. Enter disinfectant fogging to interrupt their infection party.

Schools & Classrooms

It's common knowledge for schools to be a hotbed of germs. Send your child to school and they are almost guaranteed to come back sick. Imagine all the shared toys, uncovered sneezes, and harsh coughs that take place throughout the day. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to sanitize all those surfaces and the air in an efficient way? Disinfectant fogging to the rescue!

Endless applications

This list could go on forever...The main takeaway here is that disinfectant fogging can be deployed in so many scenarios and benefit all people.

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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Living Room Cleaning Tips

Check out the recent Redfin article we were featured in: 

The Complete Living Room Cleaning Checklist

The living room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you relax, entertain guests, and spend time with your family. However, because people use it so much, it can be one of the most challenging rooms to keep clean. This is especially true if space is limited, like in a small apartment in San Francisco, CA, or a condo in Las Vegas, NV. From dusting to vacuuming to deep cleaning, there’s a lot to do to keep your living room looking its best. 

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Hydrogen peroxide is used as a fogging agent. should it be though?

Full disclosure, we offer a disinfectant fogging service. We do not use hydrogen peroxide for some of the reasons outlined here.

Hydrogen Peroxide For Fogging?

Change is Here

The pandemic brought about a lot of change in the world, particularly in the cleaning industry. We’ve seen the use of PPE explode, which meant resources we’ve been using in the industry for decades became scarce and expensive. Disinfectants that were once commonplace are now replaced with EPA List “N” chemicals. Companies have turned to “enhanced” cleaning practices, which means now they are actually cleaning. Another change has been the rapid adoption of electrostatic sprayers and ultra-low-volume foggers.

From classrooms to churches to casinos to mom-and-pop storefronts, fogging has been deployed as a reliable, common sense solution to effectively combat viruses and other germs. Professionally, we’ve been using foggers for over a decade before the pandemic started and have been pushing for their use in the industry for a long time. To finally see foggers get their time in the sun is fantastic, but as with any rapid adoption, it comes with risks.

One of those risks is improper application. Specifically, what is being used in the fogger as the disinfectant? Not all disinfectants are created equal and not all disinfectants are meant for fogging. For instance, you wouldn’t want to use bleach to fog with due to its myriad of detrimental health consequences. However, a very popular solution people have turned to is hydrogen peroxide. While hydrogen peroxide is known to be a good nontoxic solution for disinfecting, it has many risk factors to consider as a fogging agent. We’ll highlight a handful below.

Dilution Rate

In order for any disinfectant to be effective, the proper dilution rate must be achieved. One cannot simply eyeball an amount of disinfectant and slosh it around with water and expect to effectively disinfect. Hydrogen peroxide is no different. What percent of it do you need to kill germs? Can you use tap water to dilute it? Is the mixing container contaminated with other chemicals rendering the H2O2 useless?

Those questions are reason enough to go with a ready-to-use (RTU) solution. The dilution is already optimal. However, in my research, an RTU hydrogen peroxide for fogging does not exist.

Yellowing

Making proper dilution even more important, hydrogen peroxide, like bleach, has oxidative properties. Apply H2O2 to a fabric that is not colorfast and watchout! Yellowing or whitening may occur (just like bleach). When fogging spaces that contain high-value inventory or precious, priceless items do you want to take that risk or allow a company who’s internal controls you can’t verify destroy thousands of dollars of goods?

Reaction with other chemicals

It’s true that, by itself, hydrogen peroxide is nontoxic; but it breaks down into hydrogen and oxygen. That latter element is known to be highly reactive with other elements. When H2O2 reacts with chemicals or their residue from prior cleaning, toxic gasses can form leading to detrimental health consequences. Imagine a janitorial crew cleaning with bleach (as most traditional services do). Now imagine that a few minutes later the fogging service comes in with hydrogen peroxide to fog with. If ventilation is not adequate, what happens?

Flammability

Hydrogen peroxide is not typically flammable. However, H2O2 is known to enhance the flammable effects of other combustible compounds because it does break down into oxygen. As we know, oxygen feeds fire.

Return to Space

No, not that space! Return to space or RTS is how long it takes you to re-enter your space, dwelling or what have you. While I do recommend an opportunity for the space to air out--45 minutes to an hour or so-- fogging with hydrogen peroxide can lead to an RTS time over 24 hours. If you are trying to continue operations or want to forgo the expense of a hotel room, H2O2 may not be the best fogging solution.

Not Approved

Every disinfectant sold on the market must be registered with the EPA. The EPA registration includes a review of the disinfectant's efficacy such as log reduction, dwell time, hazards, application and such. Hydrogen peroxide sold in the market follows this same process.

Read the label of most H2O2 bottles and notice there is no mention of use in a fogger. This means that using H2O2 in a fogger is a severe violation of EPA regulations.

There are disinfectants approved for use in foggers. Hydrogen Peroxide is not likely one of them.

The Bottom Line

Hydrogen peroxide is a great nontoxic disinfectant in general; just not as a fogging agent.

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Las Vegas Baby Expo 2021

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LAS vegas baby expo 2021.

What a great event for new and expecting parents to ask questions, get info, receive free products and services, and become part of the Las Vegas parenting community.

Look for us at the 2021 Las Vegas Baby Expo, October 9th, from 10am to 3pm, at Opportunity Village (Oakey Campus). We'll be there, along with over 40 other vendors, to meet you, answer your questions and easily schedule your next service.

Book your child's car seat cleaning service below.

Car Seat Cleaning And More

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