Preventing the spread of infectious diseases is a top priority for all businesses and communal spaces. And during the current pandemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019), infection control has become even more vital.
That said, keeping viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other harmful substances at bay often proves challenging for several reasons. For one, these pathogens are invisible to the human eye, so determining their location is somewhat of a guessing game. Additionally, some illnesses (like COVID-19) can linger in the air and on surfaces, and those with this contagious disease might not even know they have it. Standard building cleaning measures aren’t enough on their own to eliminate all invisible threats such as these.
With all that in mind, how exactly can facilities protect their people from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases? For starters, performing proper disinfection of all surfaces (especially high-touch ones) is key. More specifically, antimicrobial surface treatments, also known as barrier disinfectant technology, may provide the most efficient way to disinfect your facility by killing harmful microbes on the spot.
Barrier technology refers to a range of antimicrobial products that are applied to both porous and non-porous surfaces via a compressed air unit. Once applied, the surface treatment eliminates various types of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi, that come into contact with it. These treatments often last for an extended period of time.
There are many kinds of microbial treatments available, but all barrier disinfectant technology works more or less in the same way. These solutions consist of an “anchor,” a “charge,” and a “weapon.” The anchor (such as a Silane base) is bonded via hydrolysis reactions, allowing it to easily stick to any surface indefinitely. Attached to the base is a charge (i.e. positively-charged Nitrogen) that electromagnetically draws in negatively-charged cell membranes of microbes, even those lingering in the air. Finally, the weapon, a long molecular chain, delivers the killing blow to the incoming microbes.
Simply put, when coated with these antimicrobial treatments, surfaces act as deadly magnets that few pathogens can withstand. In this way, barrier disinfectant technology plays an active role in killing microorganisms. As such, applying barrier technology to your most frequently-touched surfaces is a crucial step in stopping the spread of infection from one person to another.
As antimicrobial surface treatments have become more effective and in higher demand, many disinfection cleaning companies have begun to incorporate different versions of these solutions.
Here at The Budd Group, we use the Pro-Techs® disinfecting system for facilities across all industries. This safe, effective, environmentally-friendly solution provides lasting protection against numerous microorganisms, including but not limited to:
Because our ProTechs barrier technology can last up to three months, our disinfection services repeat applications to ensure continual, effective protection.
Whether your facility is temporarily shut down, partially closed, or completely open, it should be well guarded against harmful microorganisms. Proper infection control via barrier technology is included in The Budd Group’s residential and commercial cleaning services. During these trying times, partner up with an experienced, reliable disinfection provider with the best solutions for your needs. And for more information regarding COVID-19 and recommendations for environmental cleaning and disinfection from the CDC, click here.
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