Disinfecting: Not for Amateurs
- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On October 7, 2020
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About a month ago, I looked out my back window and noticed a dead spot in my lawn about the size of a hula hoop. I thought to myself, “That’s odd,” and went about my day as usual. My outdoor observation skills are not terribly keen so it wasn’t until a week later that I realized that that one relatively-small dead spot had grown considerably… almost one quarter of my lawn was looking quite sickly! I was suddenly in a panic.
For the first time in my life, I made a call to a lawn care professional. When he arrived, he got down on his hands and knees to inspect the grass (not only had I not done that, I would’ve had no idea what I was even looking for). In a few moments, he hopped back up and said with confidence, “Sod webworms. It’s very easy to take care of, but I’m glad you called when you did because in another week, you would have lost your whole lawn.” I was in shock. Replacing my whole lawn would have been an extremely costly mistake due to my naivety. I learned my lesson: when the stakes are high, it’s not a time for amateurs.
We’ll cut to the chase on this one: the stakes are high right now for your health and the health of the people who pass through your doors. It is not a time for amateurs to be disinfecting your facilities.
Sonlight Cleaning Services is a professional full-service commercial cleaning company with over thirty years of experience. We have always taken client care seriously. From thorough employee training to fully customized cleaning plans for the organizations we serve, we earn every bit of our accreditation and A+ rating from Better Business Bureau.
Let’s talk for a minute about that all-important topic of disinfecting. Did you know that disinfecting alone won’t protect you from coronavirus, flu virus, and other pathogens? That’s right. There’s a first step that many people forget… cleaning! Cleaning is the process of removing dirt, organic matter, and most germs from a surface. It’s of utmost importance that this step be completed before a disinfectant is applied. Why? Because dirt can actually hide germs from the disinfectant. Imagine if I tried to water my lawn but there’s a tarp over the top. The water couldn’t reach the grass until I first removed the tarp.
Here’s another facet to disinfecting–dwell time. Dwell time is the time it takes for the chemical in a product to kill germs. Many people (even so-called “cleaning professionals”) spray on a disinfectant but then wipe the surface dry before proper dwell time has elapsed, meaning that the surface was not truly disinfected. To use the lawn analogy again, imagine how useless it would be to turn on my sprinklers but then turn them off in 15 seconds! Technically the sprinklers had been “turned on” but the time the sprinklers remain on matters just as much.
Your health is important. Your people are important. The cleanliness of your facilities matters now more than it ever has. When the stakes are high, it’s no time for amateurs. Call Sonlight Cleaning Services, professionals with the longevity and experience you can trust. P.S. In case you’re wondering, I hired that lawn care Professional and my yard has never looked better!