Coronavirus: How to keep workplaces virus-free
CrestClean has produced a special information brochure in response to widespread customer concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus to the workplace.
The brochure highlights the company’s standard cleaning product – HyperClean – whose active ingredient hydrogen peroxide has been proven to be one of the most effective in killing the human coronavirus (HCoV).
“At each cleaning service our personnel clean bathrooms, kitchen areas and hard surfaces using HyperClean,” says CrestClean Managing Director Grant McLauchlan.
“It is very effective at killing bacteria, viruses and pathogens.”
A recent article in the Journal of Hospital Infection summarised studies where various biocidal agents were tested for their surface disinfection properties against coronavirus.
Hydrogen peroxide used at 0.5% dilution with a 1 minute contact time was one of the most effective in killing human coronavirus.
“CrestClean personnel use HyperClean at 1% hydrogen peroxide dilution, which is twice the concentration that was used in the study,” says Grant.
“For toilets and urinals, showers and soiled areas, a stronger application of the cleaning agent is used at 7% hydrogen peroxide in a thickened form, so it adheres to surfaces as this enhances the contact time.”
Hydrogen peroxide is seen as a safe alternative to chlorine-based bleaches, as it degrades to form oxygen and water and it is recognised as safe as an antimicrobial agent by the US Food and Drug Administration.
HyperClean is licensed by Environmental Choice New Zealand, the country’s official ecolabelling programme which is endorsed by the Government.
CrestClean has also received enquiries about its sanitising services for workplaces. ‘High-touch’ areas such as door knobs, door push plates, kitchen areas, taps, and toilet buttons can be treated with an application of CrestClean Anti-Viral Sanitiser.
The product, which has a licensed formula, has a residual effect. Once it dries on a surface it will be reactivated when moisture is introduced. Traces of sanitiser left on the surface will keep on killing any new pathogens that may land on the surface.
Influenza viruses (including coronavirus) are killed by the correct application of an effective sanitiser.
The sanitising service is carried out at agreed periods in addition to regular contract cleaning. The anti-viral sanitiser is tested to be effective against the human coronavirus.
Find out more about CrestClean’s services and download the Coronavirus and Cleaning Update brochure here.