Commercial cleaners have compared the cleaning process to being “similar to blood-borne pathogen cleanup services…from an infection standpoint”. The challenge now is not only finding enough cleaning supplies but also finding enough qualified workers to clean. After a deep, hand cleaning of all surfaces, a disinfection solution needs to be applied to all frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, faucets, controls, etc. There are many EPA approved options but some require contact for as long as 10 mins before the surface is disinfected. An option that hotels and airlines are using is electrostatic sprayers. These sprayers are large, handheld devices that spray disinfectant at a much greater range of coverage than a person could. Using the electrostatic application, droplets of an EPA approved high-grade disinfectant are sprayed as a fine mist that clings to the entirety of a surface.
While there are several models of sprayers available, ranging from $750 to $5000 each, we will compare the top 3 on the market in COVID Compliant Cleaning options.
- Protexus® Electrostatic Sprayers were one of the first on the market and have been used in hospitals and schools previously to combat the flu. PurTabs™ and PUR:ONE™ (the chemicals being sprayed) are hospital-grade EPA registered disinfectant tablets that create positively charged droplets to wrap around the surface. This disinfectant is effective against coronavirus and safe for people and the environment. The Protexus® sprayer ($874.99) weighs 3.8lbs, has up to 4 hours of battery life, and a three tiered applicator nozzle that easily adjusts to change droplet size, and can cover up to 54,000 square feet on a single charge.
- EMist uses a similar technology to emit a chemical disinfectant with a positive charge creating greater attraction (adhesion) to neutral/negative surface areas. The EMist sprayer ($1495) weighs 3 lbs and can cover up to 4,000 square feet on a single tank and fill up to 20 tanks on a single charge.
- “Victory Sprayer” produces double-charged particles by providing an electrical charge to solutions. These particles can then envelope surfaces with an effective and even coverage. The Victory Sprayer ($765) also features a 3-in-1 nozzle, weighs 5 lbs and allows up to 4 hours of spraytime, has a tank that is 33.8 oz, can fill 20-80 tanks on a single charge, and can cover up to 2,800 square feet on a single charge.
COVID Compliant Cleaning: Cost Effective Alternative
For a less expensive but just as effective option, there is “Force of Nature” an electrolyzed water that has also been approved by the EPA as a disinfectant against Coronavirus. According to the manufacturer, “Salt, water and vinegar are converted to electrolyzed water when an electrical current changes the chemical composition of the solution into two new ingredients: hypochlorous acid-the same germ-killing substance your immune system makes and sodium hydroxide- A detergent common in toothpaste, skin care and cleaners.” Force of Nature is classified as a disinfectant and sanitizer and kills 99.9% of all germs. Starter kits start at just $56. Less pricey and just as effective this is the most accessible option for COVID compliant cleaning.