The fact that cleaning is a key element in the fight against pathogens is demonstrated by the multitude of powerful cleaning techniques that remove the living basis of harmful microorganisms and ensure safety and hygiene. Thorough cleaning has been proven to remove over 90 percent of microorganisms and germs from surfaces. It is therefore worthwhile to invest in suitable equipment and the necessary know-how.
Air Purifiers: Increase Air quality, Minimize Risks
The effectiveness of air purifiers against viruses and infectious aerosol particles is increasingly is increasingly coming into focusin times of the corona pandemic. Especially in closed rooms, there is a risk that harmful substances can cause illnesses or infections. With the help of a highly efficient filter technology, air purifiers can reduce infectious or harmful substances in the room air and keep the aerosol concentration at a low level. This makes them suitable for one' s own home, but also for schools and kindergartens, offices, the catering trade, nursing homes and doctors' practices or even the retail trade.
Hygienic and Thorough Cleaning with Professional Steam Cleaners and Steam Vacuum Cleaners
Viruses, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus or the norovirus, can remain infectious on hard surfaces such as metal, stone, wood, ceramics, plastic or paper for a very long time if they are not inactivated. Virus inactivation can occur, among other things, through high temperatures, as is the case when using steam cleaners. When cleaning walls, floors or furniture, professional steam cleaners can effectively fight germs, bacteria and viruses. During use, hot water vapour emerges from the nozzle in very fine drops and, depending on the type of appliance, at a temperature of approximately 100 °C and a pressure of up to 8 bar, with an acceleration of approximately 170 km/h. Therefore, the steam gets into all gaps or corners where brushes or rags have difficulty reaching. In this way, areas that are difficult to access can be cleaned hygienically and thoroughly. To effectively fight viruses, the nozzle must be passed over the surface. Before use, other dirt should be removed from the surface. It is also important to ensure the correct cleaning speed (30cm/s) at the maximum steam level.
Hot water high-pressure cleaners: With High Pressure and Heat Against Viruses, Germs and Bacteria
Intensive and thorough cleaning with high-pressure cleaners offers the possibility of achieving a high standard of hygiene. Not only can they be used to reach places that are difficult to access manually, they help especially in cleaning and disinfecting large surfaces such as ceilings, walls and floors and can effectively fight germs, bacteria and viruses.
The use of cleaning agents and disinfectants plays an important role in the cleaning processes. However, what many do not know: Hot water also makes a significant contribution to fighting pathogens. Thus, when using high-pressure cleaners, the water temperature has a great effect on reducing germs, virus and bacteria colonies: The combination of high pressure and the up to 85 °C hot water achieves a significant reduction in germs. Often, this germ reduction achieved without disinfectants is sufficient to meet hygiene requirements. To support the contribution of hot water, the addition of disinfectant by the high-pressure cleaner is recommended.
Floor cleaning: Mechanical Cleaning and Disinfection with Scrubber Driers
For wet cleaning of hard and elastic floor coverings, scrubber driers are used in addition to manual cleaning devices. The machines can scrub wet in one step and immediately vacuum up the dirt again. This makes the work particularly hygienic and efficient at the same time. The advantage of mechanical cleaning over manual cleaning is that germs - for example, by vacuuming up the dirt liquid - are permanently removed and cannot accumulate in a manual cleaning textile. This minimises the risk of recontamination. The risk of contamination via hands is also reduced by contactless cleaning. With the use of cleaning machines, efficiency also increases: thanks to the higher area capacity, a larger area can be cleaned within a shorter time. Another advantage: cleaning agents can be added precisely in the correct amount thanks to dosing systems. In addition, scrubber driers apply much higher contact pressure to the surface to be cleaned. This also increases the cleaning performance compared to a mop.
Disinfection of Floors with Scrubber Driers
Scrubber driers can generally be used for disinfecting floors. It is important to follow both the correct chemical dosage and the exact exposure time according to the manufacturer's instructions. For chemical disinfection with regard to the coronavirus, agents with the efficacy range "limited virucidal" (effective against enveloped viruses), "limited virucidal PLUS" or "virucidal" should be used according to the Robert Koch Institute (source: rki.de).
Surface Cleaning to Prevent Contact Infections
To remove dirt but also to prevent contact infections, a regular cleaning of surfaces is particularly important. To protect the user in the process, he or she should always wear personal protective equipment and gloves. An important point in surface cleaning is that cleaning textiles are discarded sufficiently often, i.e. changed and not dipped back into the cleaning liquid. This prevents contamination of the liquid. There are various methods for carrying out hygienic cleaning. Basically, pre-prepared cloths and wiping cloths can be used. It is essential to follow the cleaning colour guidelines in order to avoid spreading germs.