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An Affordable Way To Protect Yourself from RSV?

Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus is a common, contagious virus that causes infections of the respiratory tract. RSV infections can be very serious, especially for infants and older adults.

RSV spreads through the sneeze or cough of an infected person which makes it an airborne pathogen. Since wiping down surfaces does nothing for contaminated air, what do you do?

Nontoxic Disinfectant Fogging

If you can’t afford fancy, expensive air purifiers with industrial UV lights or other contraptions, you may want to look into our nontoxic disinfectant fogging service.

Not only is disinfectant fogging a great way to combat airborne pathogens like coronavirus, but our disinfectant fogging, in particular, also kills RSV! With dwell times less than 60-seconds, we make quick work of disinfecting nearly every inch of your environment, INCLUDING the air. You can read about how fogging works here.

We have been fogging gyms, offices, schools, retail stores, residential homes and more for over 12 years and are experts in the field. Get an online quote today!

Learn more about RSV at the CDC website.

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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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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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Electrostatic Sprayers and Their Disadvantages

Over the last couple years I've seen numerous cleaning services now offering electrostatic spraying. While it sounds fancy and good in practice, there are several drawbacks to using an electrostatic sprayer. I outline those disadvantages of electrostatic sprayers below.

Large Droplets

Droplet size. This is my biggest concern when it comes to electrostatic sprayers. These sprayers produce large droplet sizes over 80 microns. While that may seem small, in the disinfectant world, that size droplet is pretty large.

Why does droplet size matter? It has to do with float time. The smaller the droplet, the longer amount of time it stays in the air to combat germs floating in the air. Conversely, the larger the droplet size, the lesser amount of time a droplet stays in the air to combat germs. Picture a cloud of fog versus a squirt from a spray bottle. Which one do you think has a better chance of fighting airborne germs? In this way, electrostatic sprayers are no more effective at fighting airborne germs than a standard spray bottle.

Positive Charge

The only thing that separates an electrostatic sprayer from a standard spray bottle--besides automatic spraying--is a missing electron. As the disinfectant passes through the nozzle, it is hit with an electrostatic charge. This positive charge allows the large droplets to cling to many negatively charged surfaces and provide "even" coverage. Pretty neat, but it has its drawbacks.

What about positively charge surfaces? Don't like charge repel each other? You see, with electrostatic sprayers, you may not be getting the coverage you want because it is impossible to determine the charges of all surfaces and particles in your environment. Using an electrostatic sprayer means you are making a pretty large assumption about the area you are treating as well as the type of germs that are living there. As someone who has been in the disinfecting services industry for almost 15 years, I can tell you that a one-size-fits-all approach to disinfecting is a dangerous game to play.

Just Spray and Walk Away

Much of the hullabaloo about electrostatic sprayers is this claim their sellers make that all you have to do is spray and walk away. Can't reach an area by hand? Spray it! Tired of wiping up the microbes after they die? Just spray it! Don't want to do a thorough job? Spray it! I'm all for "easy", but not at the expense of "thorough".

While electrostatic spraying of disinfectant can be beneficial, there is always one critical step before disinfection can happen: cleaning. A surface must be cleaned first in order for it to be disinfected. That is, the dirt and debris on a surface must be removed before a disinfectant can be effective (just read the label on any disinfectant).

Therefore, this notion of simply spraying a disinfectant and walking away is not the same as cleaning and properly disinfecting. The manufacturers of electrostatic sprayers know this and I'm sure some kind of verbiage is buried in the instruction manual that folks won't read. But you should be aware that there is and will be a degree of manual labor involved in any true disinfection process.

Hefty Price Tag

The price of electrostatic sprayers is as large as their droplet size. Most units cost over $2,000 a piece. For a service company to recoup that cost, they have no choice, but to charge their clients an arm and a leg or skimp out on service elsewhere. For a do-it-yourself-type company, it's probably a hard sell to management to splurge on such a thing.

The Disadvantages of Electrostatic Sprayers

To summarize, electrostatic sprayers are more useful and efficient than the traditional spray bottle, but they do have some shortcomings:

  • They produce large droplet sizes that don't float in the air long enough to combat airborne germs like coronavirus.
  • Their positive charge means they won't be as effective on positively charge surfaces or particles.
  • Cleaning is still required before you disinfect with the machine.
  • A hefty price tag may trigger a cutback in service elsewhere by a service company, creating an unwanted scenario for the customer.

One can likely assume that if the cleaning service is using an electrostatic sprayer, they probably don't believe in doing a thorough job for the client. In contrast, at Germz Be Gone we use foggers that produce small droplets (between 5-50 microns) so our disinfectant can combat airborne germs and allergens while penetrating the most unseen, hard to reach corners--still providing a "360"-like coverage. We don't stop there though; we then apply a layer of probiotics to replace and restore what the disinfectant destroyed as well as eat up the dead microbes and provide days of benefits.

I believe in doing the right thing. I believe in doing a thorough job. I believe in providing value and friendly, customer-oriented services. My team believes the same. What can we do for you today?!