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Coronavirus Fogging Machines

As quarantine restrictions ease and the economy continues to return to some sort of normality, the risk of coronavirus spreading will continue to increase. People returning to offices, waiting areas, schools, hospitals and workplaces is presenting ideal opportunities for coronavirus to find a new host and continue the spread of infection.

Aside from continuing the government-enforced hygiene measures we currently have in place, the importance of killing the virus where it settles on surfaces exposed to human touch cannot be stressed enough. High efficiency and effective eradication of the virus in any given space is paramount, but it’s potentially difficult to achieve through manual cleaning processes given the complexity of the majority of buildings.

Manual cleaning will undoubtedly reduce the presence of the virus, but it’s incredibly time-consuming and laborious to execute, relying on thorough and detailed attention to detail if it is to be anywhere near effective.

The perfect solution would be to fill the entire airspace with a guaranteed pathogen-killing substance that will instantly kill all known germs on contact and be 100% safe for humans, animals and plants. We have that capability readily available.

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Coronavirus in the workplace

When a person infected with coronavirus talks, coughs or sneezes, they spread the virus through both airborne particles and micro-droplets containing coronavirus. The droplets quickly settle onto surrounding surfaces and will, potentially, infect anyone who touches the surface and then touches their mouth, nose, eyes or an open wound.

Opinions vary as to how long coronavirus can live on different surfaces. However, various studies have shown that the virus can remain infectious on paper and cardboard for about 24 hours, and on smooth surfaces such as plastic, stainless steel, glass, ceramics and even latex gloves, for up to nine days.

With no specific treatment or vaccine yet available, the main advice to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to practise stringent hygiene measures. These include hand-washing or sanitising, social distancing and other general hygiene practices, plus frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects that people touch frequently.
All of the above will effectively keep a premises virus free – once it is already virus free. But how do you get it to that point without endless hours of manual cleaning and wiping – and still be confident that every surface is disinfected?
The answer is ‘fogging’.

How do fogging machines help?

Whilst manually disinfecting surfaces and deep cleaning can help to avoid the spread of the deadly coronavirus virus, in many cases, this may not be fast enough or reliably access hard-to-reach areas – especially if the business is routinely used by the public and staff, or provides services that could pose a higher risk of transmission.

Typically associated with the pest control industry to treat infestations, fogging is the technique used for filling entire enclosed areas and impossible-to-reach spaces with pesticide or biocide. That’s why it’s so effective for pest control.

Repurposed to fight coronavirus, fogging is also highly effective for rapidly disinfecting large or complex areas with a micro-fine chemical mist that settles on all surfaces and quickly evaporates/dries leaving the area sanitised and virus free.
Many countries have implemented large-scale spraying or misting using harsh chemicals. Hydrogen peroxide (oxygen-based bleach), sodium hypochlorite (chlorine-based bleach) and ammonium-based disinfectants are known to be highly effective, but also smell terrible. Bleach-based chemicals can be dangerous and can cause damage to many surfaces they come into contact with. They’re a known, nasty skin irritant and are extremely dangerous if ingested.

Dead virus; yes. Dead people; not so good. There is another way; hypochlorous acid (HOCL).

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100% safe and harmless fogging.

Hypochlorous acid may sound like another harsh, corrosive chemical, but it’s non-toxic and completely harmless to humans, animals and plant life. However, hypochlorous acid will kill 99.9999% (log-6 reduction) of harmful pathogens including coronavirus, influenza, campylobacter, E-coli, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, norovirus, MRSA, C. difficile and many more.

Our disinfectant fogging service is quick and effective, causing minimal disruption and is safe to use in any environment. We ensure that all objects and surfaces such as door handles, computer equipment, touch screens and handrails are safely and quickly decontaminated.

Applications include kitchens, offices, rooms, vehicles, medical facilities such as GP surgeries and dentists, studios, shops, churches, pubs, libraries and larger spaces.
Hypochlorous acid received international accredited approvals from ISO, FDA and the EU for use in industry, including in food and beverage processing, surface disinfecting, and medical and dental applications.

Confidence to safely reoccupy buildings

The first stage in getting your people back to work, or having the confidence to allow people to move through properties, is to instigate a thorough disinfecting fogging cleanse.
Hypochlorous acid is delivered as a fine-mist spray, is non-toxic and leaves no chemical residue. Treated a room or entire building in the evening means it will be ready to be fully occupied the following morning.
If that’s not practical, even a few hours between treatment and reoccupation will be fine.

And, if no time is available, an area could be cleared of people, fogged and immediately reoccupied if personnel are on-hand to wipe-dry and surfaces where the treatment hasn’t yet evaporated.

HOCL Trust – a charity set up in 2016 to inform and educate the general public about the benefits of hypochlorous acid – believes hypochlorous acid could play a huge role in avoiding a second spike of the disease.

Our Disinfectant Fogging Machine

A fogging machine is a specialised piece of equipment used by professionals to rapidly disinfect and decontaminate large surfaces and complex, open spaces. This is used across multiple sectors such as healthcare, education, public transport, restaurants, leisure, childcare facilities, and many more. 

Our fogging disinfectant is of the highest quality and most effective available. It is electrolysed water with hypochlorous acid (HOCL) as the active ingredient.

HOCL has been known for many years to be an extremely efficient high-level disinfectant, capable of killing multiple pathogens in under 30 seconds.

  • 100% natural, non-alcoholic, non-Irritating and benign to human skin. Contains no preservatives, fragrances or essential oils
  • High-efficiency spraying, fast and effective
  • Compliant with British Standards & European norms
  • Works in many indoor places

Planning for a room or property to be disinfected with fogging.

Our fogging disinfection process is designed to cause the least amount of disruption possible to your working or living environment. We know you will want to get up and running again as quickly as possible.
However, to be as effective as possible, we recommend you follow the simple guide below to prepare the space for fogging prior to our operatives arriving.

Fogging Instructions 

  • Open all cupboards, drawers and internal dividing doors.
  • Whilst HOCL is 100% food-safe, it is preferable to remove food preparation surfaces, utensils, dishes and food processing equipment. If they can’t be removed, they should be covered with newspaper, plastic or washable cloths.
  • Exposed food should be removed.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Turn off all heating or ventilation systems, so air is not being circulated throughout the space.
  • Cover air conditioning or heating vents with plastic sheeting.
  • Close all windows.
  • Ideally, smoke alarms should be covered or disabled to prevent the possibility of inadvertent activation. However, this may not be practical.
  • Turn off any ignition sources in the area, including pilot lights and naked gas flames.
  • Move furniture off carpeted areas. If this isn’t practical, move furniture away from high foot-fall or active areas to expose the carpet.

Our hypochlorous acid disinfectant is safe on equipment such as printers, computers, telephone, copiers etc. as the spray mist is exceptionally fine. As these are high-risk areas for the transmission of bacteria and viruses they should, ideally, not be covered.
As mentioned above, all treated areas should, ideally, be left vacant for at least a few hours for any surface settlement to evaporate. If this is not possible, an allowance will need to be made for wiping-down exposed surfaces.

Summary

Our hypochlorous acid disinfectant is safe on equipment such as printers, computers, telephone, copiers etc. as the spray mist is exceptionally fine. As these are high-risk areas for the transmission of bacteria and viruses they should, ideally, not be covered.
As mentioned above, all treated areas should, ideally, be left vacant for at least a few hours for any surface settlement to evaporate. If this is not possible, an allowance will need to be made for wiping-down exposed surfaces.

Fogging Machine FAQs

What are the advantages of a disinfectant fogging machine?

In combination with best practices for keeping your business, or property virus-free, including wearing face masks, social distancing and personal hygiene practises, the main advantage of using a disinfectant fogging machine service is the coverage and speed at which large spaces can be decontaminated. It’s essential in these times to show that you are doing all you can to keep your business operating most responsibly to protect your staff and in turn, the company reputation.

Can a fogging machine be used to access hard to reach spaces?

The micro-fine mist spray produced by the fogging machine extends 5m-6m horizontally (ahead of the spray nozzle) and approx. 1.5m – 2m vertically. The force behind the micro-fine mist will push it into awkward and complex spaces. The machine incorporates a flexible hose which will also help the operative access tight, awkward spaces and spray where harmful viruses can live. The Clearway fogging service is designed to disinfect large areas quickly, and regularly, minimising disruption to the business.

How often is fogging required?

After your premises has been decontaminated, you have an entirely clean area that can be confidently used by staff. It is inevitable that viral material could build-up again over time. However, total widespread decontamination can easily be achieved by fogging on a daily basis.

Will a fogging machine get rid of coronavirus?

Contrary to some reports in the media, fogging machines do provide effective elimination of the coronavirus as well as the vast majority of other bacteria and virus living on surfaces.

Will fogging chemical kill other viruses and bacteria?

Hypochlorous acid will kill 99.9999% of known, harmful pathogens including coronavirus, influenza, campylobacter, E-coli, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, norovirus, MRSA, C. difficile and many more.

Where can the fogging machine be used?

As the chemical used in our fogging machine is completely inert and safe for humans, animals and plants, it can safely be used in offices, waiting rooms, kitchens vehicles, medical facilities such as GP surgeries and dentists, studios, shops, churches, pubs, libraries and larger spaces such as warehouses.

Can the coronavirus survive on surfaces?

It’s not completely clear how long coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, will survive on different types of surfaces. Various tests and experiments have been carried out on a variety of materials, including cardboard/paper, glass, wood, metal, plastic etc. to determine how long coronavirus remains alive and infectious.  

The survival time depends of the virus is dependent on a number of factors including the type of surface, temperature and relative humidity.

The overall conclusion is that the virus can survive for around 24 hours on surfaces such as paper and cardboard, but on harder surfaces, such as plastic, stainless steel, glass and ceramics, the virus can remain infectious for up to nine days. This is also true of the virus on latex gloves.

What should be cleaned when someone known to be infected with coronavirus has touched them?

All surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected if someone with coronavirus has come into contact with them. These include surfaces and items that are visibly contaminated with body fluids as well as all high-contact areas such as bathrooms, door handles, telephones, grab-rails in corridors and stairwells.

Is cleaning the same as disinfecting?

In the context of cleaning to remove viruses, cleaning with a water and detergent solution will remove dirt and grime and will physically remove viruses and bacteria. Chemicals that have confirmed germ-killing properties, such as hypochlorous acid used in our fogging machines, with kill viruses and bacteria that normal cleaning fluids can’t. Disinfecting chemicals will kill upwards of 99% of know germs. Hypochlorous acid goes way beyond this, killing 99.9999% of all know germs (bacteria and viruses)

Is a sanitiser a disinfectant?

Sanitisers are not as strong or effective at killing viruses and bacteria as disinfectants are, but they are safe to use on skin. If the sanitiser fluid or gel has an alcohol content fo greater the 60% it will effectively kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

For disinfecting hard surfaces, a chemical disinfectant is required as sanitiser will not be effective.

Contact us on 01322 479652 to discuss our Fogging Machine service

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