Many schools around the country have either reopened or are in the process of coming up with reopening plan. Part of a reopening and operating plan should include a cleaning and disinfecting routine. Given the current public health crisis, the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting needs to increase, but can be difficult with children and staff constantly occupying and moving around the school.
Surfaces such as desks, cafeteria tables, chairs, handrails, door handles, and equipment need to be cleaned and disinfected after each use to stop the spread of contaminants, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
However, there are measures that can be taken before school starts and after school lets out every day like electrostatic spraying for disinfecting large areas and high-touch surfaces. Electrostatic disinfection technology can kill up to 99.9% of viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In this article we will talk about how electrostatic disinfection is the best and most effective defense against the new novel coronavirus and how it can help schools safely reopen and operate.
What is Electrostatic Spraying and Disinfection?
Electrostatic spray utilizes a spray machine and liquid disinfectant that is electrically charged. The liquid disinfectant is negatively charged as it leaves the spray machine nozzle. This negatively charged liquid disinfectant then lands on a positively charged object or surface causing it to have a wrap-around effect whereby the liquid reaches more of the surface area, sticks to it and dries for a more complete disinfection.
For a more in-depth explanation of electrostatic disinfection and to answer some common questions about it, check out our blog post here.
Benefits of Using Electrostatic Spraying in Schools
Due to its ability to effectively atomize cleaning solutions, electrostatic disinfection can get into cracks and crevices that traditional disinfection methods may miss. This is important when the location in question is one where many children gather daily. In school, children frequently handle the same objects, like pencil sharpeners, tape dispensers, calculators, books, and other items. These types of objects may not have been routinely cleaned and disinfected before the pandemic, but now those things need to be disinfected, ideally after every use.
However, it may be impractical to clean and disinfect those objects and other high-touch surfaces after each use. This is where electrostatic disinfection can be used several times daily. Before and after school electrostatic spraying can be utilized to spray entire classrooms, including all the objects inside the classroom. This method is very quick and highly effective, more so wiping each object by hand.
Electrostatic disinfection reduces amount of time to disinfect surfaces by up to 50%, allowing for larger areas and multiple objects to be disinfected in a shorter amount of time. This is especially helpful in schools, where there are not only many high-touch objects, but also larger open areas that kids occupy each day.
Furthermore, electrostatic disinfection is safe to use in a variety of locations– not just traditional classrooms. Electrostatic disinfection can be used in gyms, cafeterias, and science and computer labs, just to name a few, making it an even more convenient option for schools.
Additionally, electrostatic disinfection produces no chemicals or fumes and sprays up to 65% fewer chemicals per square foot, making it an incredibly eco-friendly and safe alternative to traditional cleaning and disinfecting methods.
Ultimately, there are many ways that electrostatic disinfection can aid in the safe reopening and operating of schools, and Commercial Cleaning Corporation is proud to be a company that fully utilizes this innovative technology and has been for decades.
To learn more about how we can help keep your school clean and safe during this public health emergency and beyond with our professionally trained team of cleaning technicians who specialize in electrostatic disinfection please fill out the form on our Contact page.