ULV FOGGING TREATMENT - COVID-19 INFORMATION
We are pleased to be able to offer a disinfection cleaning service for your home or business* using ULV fogging. We have put together some frequently asked questions below.
*If you would like to book this service for your business we will need to do a site visit prior to any work being carried out to do a risk assessment.
ULV Fogging – What is it?
ULV or Ultra low volume fogging machines are cold fogging machines that use large volumes of air at low pressure to transform liquid into droplets creating a mist that is dispersed into the atmosphere.
How can it help in the fight against Covid-19
Covid-19 belongs to a group of viruses called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously identified in humans(1) The novel coronavirus is closely related genetically to the SARS-CoV-1 virus that emerged from China at the end of 2002.
Covid-19 is spread through contaminated droplets in the environment, these droplets can survive on many surfaces therefore potentially infecting the next person that touches these surfaces. Traditional cleaning is still vital to help stop the transmission of this virus, but can’t always reach hard to reach areas and corners. ULV fogging blankets the area in a layer of disinfectant reaching hard to reach areas that may have been missed during traditional cleaning.
(1) source European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
What Disinfectant is suitable for use with Covid-19
A disinfectant that has viricidal activity testing. Although no specimens have been released to allow testing specifically on SARS-CoV-2, we know that it is closely related to SARS-CoV-1 and MERS, they are from the same family of enveloped viruses as SARS-CoV-2 and is expected to behave the same way. We use a disinfectant that is compliant with EN 14476 (virus), EN 1276 (bacteria) and EN 1650 (fungicide) EN 14476 being the one that has been tested against enveloped viruses. A product must prove a germ kill rate of 99.9999% within a 5 minute contact time to pass this standard.
What Should I expect during the Appointment
Fogging is releasing large amounts of disinfectant into the environment, therefore, it is important that all pets, children and adults are not in the area being treated. We wear full PPE when we are fogging. It takes approximately 30 minutes to fog an average sized room. We manually wipe down all large surface areas such as door handles, light switches etc prior to commencing fogging.
How should I prepare for the Appointment
Fogging cannot be guaranteed as an effective treatment on surfaces that aren’t clear of crumbs or fluid. We ask that prior to our visit all surfaces have been wiped down, any food is covered (preferably put away in a sealed unit) and that they are dry.
How long before I can enter the premises after treatment?
The room should be left for at least an hour to allow all airborne particles to settle.
How often should the treatment be carried out?
Covid-19 is believed to last up to 72 hours on certain surfaces () Our disinfectant will kill any viruses and bacteria on contact and while they remain effective it is recommended that treatments are carried out on a weekly basis with high risk areas (door handles, light switches etc) wiped with disinfectant daily. The general guideline is the more people who touch the surface, the more often it should be disinfected.
What testing do you do?
We use QAT/QAC test strips to ensure sufficient solution has been used during fogging. The results can be supplied if requested as well as a certificate of cleaning, like the one below.