COVID-19 Cleanup Process and Products: How to Clean SARS-CoV-2

May 21, 2020

This article provides you with a complete walkthrough of how CCI does COVID-19 cleanup for automotive dealerships, restaurants, hotels, and other industry clients. Read about the process and products used by CCI to treat coronavirus in an industrial setting. The intent is to direct the efficacy with which you make decisions on how best to disinfect your business's facility and equipment.

Learn about CCI’s EPA-certified cleaning solution to COVID-19 disinfection and sanitization. Find out about the CCI Certified Clean standard, and how it protects the health of your customers and employees against SARS-CoV-2.

CCI’s Industrial COVID-19 Cleanup: Stopping the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

Six months ago, COVID-19 was not a colloquial term in the lexicon of the World. But, today, things are different – not only for you but for your business. This is especially true for restaurants, hotels, hospitals, vehicle rental lots, and fitness centers.

Before the world can get back to “normal,” ongoing and widespread COVID-19 cleanup efforts must be taken. Every industry is experiencing this change, to one degree or another. This has the greatest impact on your business cleaning procedures, products, and frequency.

What makes the SARS-CoV-2 virus especially contagious is how long it survives on hard surfaces – especially, stainless steel and hard plastics.

How Long Does the Virus Live on Stainless Steel, Plastic, Copper, Cardboard, and in the Air?

The coronavirus that everyone is talking about, SARS-CoV-2, demonstrates traits that are similar to SARS-CoV-1. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, conducted in partnership between the National Institute of Infectious Disease, Princeton University, the Center for Disease Control – and others, looks into the lifespan of SARS-CoV-2 in lab testing.

The study finds that CoV-2 lives the longest on plastic, for up to 72 hours, and, up to 48 hours on stainless steel. It finds that the virus lives for up to 4 hours on Copper, and up to 24 hours on cardboard. Finally, the study shows that the virus can live on saliva particles in the air for around 3 hours, depending on the airflow rate, temperature, and more.

Since SARS-CoV-2 lives on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours, the virus is highly transmissible through human to human contact. You have to adopt the logic that surfaces are infected after every human contact, and must be disinfected. That is why it is crucial to use cleaning products that are effective against the human coronavirus for COVID-19 cleanup to be effective in preventing further transmission.

CCI’s EPA-Registered Sanitizer and Disinfectant: Specifications and Features

Seeing as the virus is so infectious and easily spread, a reliable and conclusive disinfecting process is essential. When it comes to disinfecting and sanitizing your business's facility and equipment, you need a hospital-grade disinfectant that is effective against a broad-spectrum of pathogenic organisms – and that specifically kills the human coronavirus.

To meet these needs, CCI is using a  one-step hospital-grade cleaner, deodorizer, and sanitizer. The product is EPA-registered and recommended for COVID-19 cleanup. CCI’s Sanitizer & Disinfectant cleaner acts as a germicidal disinfectant that kills viruses on-contact.

CCI’s Sanitizer & Disinfectant is effective on many surfaces, including stainless steel, plastic, cardboard, copper – and many others. Unlike many consumer-grade cleaners, CCI’s Sanitizer & Disinfectant is fully effective on porous surfaces, like fabrics, furnishings, vinyl, and leather.

Since you should practice disinfection regularly, it is important to use a product with as few toxic chemicals as possible. CCI’s Sanitizer and Disinfectant is derived from environmentally friendly EPA-approved chemicals. And, it is hypo-allergenic, so you can use it daily and often without any negative risk from exposure.

CCI’s Sanitizer and Disinfectant is designed to work fast and without any scrubbing. When used as a contact sanitizer, CCI’s cleaner reduces bacterial, viral, and fungal contaminants by 99.999% – within 1-minute of exposure. CCI’s EPA-Registered Sanitizer and Disinfectant ensures that facilities and equipment are safe to use in a timely manner.

How Does CCI Do COVID-19 Cleanup?

Creative Colors International advises following the CDC’s COVID-19 cleanup guidelines as a baseline for quality control. The CDC recommends a 2-step approach to COVID-19 cleanup: First, cleaning the area, then; disinfecting the area.

When servicing automotive lots, CCI gives each vehicle a thorough treatment through these steps. First, CCI cleans the interior to remove germs, dirt, and particulates from all surface areas. CCI uses a water-based antimicrobial cleaner to remove as many contaminants as possible before sanitization and disinfection take place.

Once the surface areas have been cleaned, CCI sanitizes and disinfects the clean areas to ensure that all microbial contamination is sterilized. This step is essential for neutralizing any lingering germs or viruses in hard-to-reach areas.

Cleaning surfaces in your facility is the first step to COVID-19 cleanup. The CDC recommends using disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. Soap and water is the primary cleaning agent to remove dirt, dust, and impurities on surface areas. This step is especially crucial for areas of high-contact.

Tables, light switches, doorknobs, and phones are just a few examples of surfaces that need to be cleaned throughout the day, before being disinfected. The more surface contamination, the less effective a sanitizer, and disinfectant product will perform. You have to expose the hard surface by cleaning off the dirt or else the virus will hide under dust and dirt particles.

Once a surface is clean and dry, use CCI’s Sanitizer and Disinfectant to kill coronavirus on-contact. Allow the surface to remain wet with the solution for at least one minute. After the minute is up, the surface is sterilized and free from contamination.

Get CCI Certified Clean

COVID-19 cleanup is essential for reopening the country and getting back to a “new normal.” Likely, you are adopting new habits to regularly clean and disinfect your business and home. Using CCI’s Sanitizer and Disinfectant ensures that your efforts are well spent.

If you want to learn more about CCI’s Covid-19 cleanup services and products, contact us today. And, share this article with your social media community to help spread the word.