Cleaning for COVID-19: Here’s What You Need to Know
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Ziegler Preservation Cleaning Specialists is here to help, here to clean, and here to assist in creating a safe and healthy indoor environment for your home. Below we’ve answered a few commonly asked questions and have provided more information on how our cleaning services can help make a healthier environment for your family.
What is a Virus?
A virus is a protein molecule (DNA or RNA) covered by a protective layer of lipids (fat). Since a virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed but disintegrates with time, heat, soap, or chemicals.
Why Is Cleaning So Effective?
Cleaning is of the utmost importance in maintaining a healthy indoor environment, and, according to the CDC, it is a necessary step in the disinfection process. It removes dirt and impurities (including germs), salts, visible soils, and organic matter that may interfere with microbial inactivation. By scrubbing with detergents and rinsing with water, microorganisms are removed. Without this step, the disinfection process can be compromised.
A virus is actually very fragile. The only thing that protects a virus is a thin outer layer of fat. So, when soap or detergent cuts the fat, it then destroys the molecule. Heat can melt fat as well, and in fact, temperatures above 140 to 150 degrees will also destroy the outer fatty layer. For more information on how to protect your home, please visit the CDC website
How Can Our Cleaning Services Help You?
At Ziegler Preservation Cleaning Specialists, we clean for health first and appearance second, and it’s been that way for 70 years. Professional cleaning requires the right equipment, procedures, training, and expert technicians, and with us, you can be confident in knowing that the healthy cleaning you want is being delivered.
There’s more to carpet cleaning than the state-of-the-art equipment. In reality, the equipment is useless without properly trained technicians. At Ziegler, our technicians receive IICRC training, testing, and certification (Institute of Cleaning & Restoration Certification). We are also certified in Carpet, Upholstery, Hard Surface Tile & Stone, and hold the highest certification in rug cleaning as both “Certified Rug Specialist” and “Master Textile Cleaner.”
The combination of our knowledge and experience allows us to effectively use our equipment to fight the presence of dirt, viruses, and germs. When in the hands of true professionals, they are healthy indoor environment cleaning machines you want on your side.
Bonus Tip: Our cleaning units produce heated water at 290 degrees! That’s 100 degrees higher than what’s recommended to neutralize most germs and viruses, which gives our equipment a sanitizing value. Combined this with our green cleaning solutions and anti-microbial treatments to really see how we tackle dirt, germs, and grime.
What About Fogging Indoor Environments? Does it Help?
According to the CDC, disinfecting works by using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants, to kill germs on surfaces with a process called fogging. This does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by doing this AFTER cleaning, it can help to kill the remaining germs and further reduce any risk of spreading them.
These chemicals and machines hold a place in the arsenal against COVID-19 and are useful tools when applied correctly by experienced, trained personnel. However, make sure you clean first before you disinfect or fog disinfectants, especially for soft surfaces like upholstery, rugs, and carpets. For more information on fogging as an application, give us a call.
Contact Ziegler Preservation Cleaning Specialists
Because of the health benefit we can provide, the government has deemed carpet cleaners as “essential services.” We’re here to help you calm your COVID-19 fears and tackle these uncertain times. Contact us to start cleaning today!