Haven’t got the foggiest about fogging? This disinfecting technique is becoming more widely known as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Melbourne, cleaners have been spraying a long-acting chemical disinfectant from backpacks, in an effort to fight the virus. These cleaners are none other than those professionals who provide or used to provide house cleaning services in Melbourne.
Recently, as per the trend and sanitization requirement, professional and knowledgeable cleaners are upgrading their services along with the team so that they can provide fogging cleaning for your home and office. But what exactly is fogging cleaning? How does it work and what are its benefits?
What is fogging cleaning?
Put simply, fogging cleaning involves filling a room with a very fine mist of chemical disinfectant. It is a technique which has been widely used in a number of sectors in recent years, including the food industry. The idea is to saturate pre-cleaned environments with disinfectant, destroying airborne microorganisms, and disinfecting hard-to-reach surfaces. If you are looking for a similar disinfecting service consider consulting your needs with a professional house cleaning team in Melbouorne.
How does fogging cleaning work?
Fogging is achieved using a range of devices. In some facilities (such as factories) permanent, static systems are used to regularly fog interiors. In areas which require less frequent disinfecting or which cannot house permanent equipment, mobile fogging devices can be utilised. Mobile fogging services can be delivered only by a trained individual, who wears full PPE, including a sealed mask, ventilator, gloves and chemical suit.
The process typically takes 15-30 minutes, depending on area size. After fogging, a further 45-60 minutes are often required to allow the mist to settle on all surfaces. The use of fogging requires premises to shut down during the cleaning process. Depending on the chemical disinfectant used, premises may be subject to longer periods of downtime (up to 6 hours) while the fog evaporates. This downtime is necessary to ensure the environment is safe for use following treatment.
Other “whole environment” cleaning techniques
There are a range of different fogging techniques, and similar large-area disinfectant methods. For example, dry fogging (which disperses ultra-fine droplets) is used in spaces with sensitive electronic equipment, to prevent damage caused by moisture. Related techniques include misting, spraying and harnessing short wave ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms by disrupting their DNA. All of these cleaning techniques are used to disinfect large spaces. For office cleaning purposes, these kind of fogging techniques have literally no alternatives.
What is Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging?
One highly effective fogging technique involves highly-targeting misting with variable droplet sizes. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging allows the precise application of a disinfecting mist, which can be carefully calibrated to suit a wide range of environments. This means that instead of filling an entire room with fog, only key surfaces are treated. A crucial benefit of this technique is that sensitive electrical equipment can be easily avoided.
A further advantage of ULV fogging is the application of disinfecting residue. After the droplets have settled on a surface, a residue is left behind. This ensures prolonged protection against future infections.
How well does fogging work?
It is recommended that fogging is used as part of a wider disinfection practice. Experts suggest using fogging to prepare an area for deep cleaning, in order to increase safety for a hands-on cleaning team. They recommend fogging the area again, after physical cleaning, to allow thorough disinfection. Where dry fogging is used, it is suggested to use the application after thorough hand-cleaning.
Although fogging increases the chance of all surfaces coming into contact with disinfectant, and helps to tackle airborne microorganisms, it appears that it is not adequate as a standalone cleaning technique. Its use should always be paired with rigorous hand-cleaning and should be treated as an additional “line of defence” when it comes to disinfecting areas.
Depending on the area required to be cleaned and disinfected, make sure to hire a company that provides both home cleaning services as well as office cleaning services in Melbourne.
Why is pre-cleaning so important?
Numerous providers of fogging services fail to underscore the importance of pre-cleaning environments, prior to fogging. Remember, fogging is a disinfection process, not a cleaning process. For this reason, thorough cleaning should be conducted before fogging, to ensure that disinfectant is not applied to dirty surfaces (resulting in ineffective disinfection).
Are you looking to add an extra line of defence to your COVID-19 cleaning practices? Deep Cleaning have years of training and industry experience in cleaning commercial and residential sectors in Melbourne. We can help develop a best practice when it comes to professional house cleaning or office cleaning services.