A Biohazard Clean-Up Can Save Lives
April 3rd, 2020
The United States has now officially moved into the first great crisis of the 21st century. COVID-19 has gone from a possible threat to a serious one, and it is now classified as a global pandemic. It has been over a century since the last major global pandemic, and soon a new generation of Americans finds themselves in a major struggle to stay healthy and safe. Biohazard clean up can, for many needs, be an essential part of the move stay safe for families, businesses, and other facilities.
What Is Biohazard Clean-Up?
Cleaning is something that anyone can do, whether it is using some paper towel to wipe up a spilled drink, or paid janitorial staff getting an office-ready after hours for another day of work the next morning. However, while general cleaning is something that anyone can do without some kind of professional certification, biohazard cleaning goes far beyond what most people think of as “clean.” Household, off-the-shelf retail products generally rely on alcohol or other common ingredients to remove stains and sterilize certain areas, like toilets.
Biohazard clean up is a much more aggressive, intense, comprehensive, and “industrial-strength” approach. This is used to clean up areas where substances are present that may pose a severe biological threat to people, especially in the form of causing or transmitting possible disease. Sewage back up into a home, for example, is a common situation where biohazard clean up is required.
The Safety Factor
The reason that biohazard clean up goes far above and beyond just breaking out some rubber gloves, disinfectant, and a sponge, is because retail measures are often not an excellent approach to dangerous contagion situations. Household cleaning products are generally good at removing stains. Still, mops, rags, and sponges, combined with a retail cleaner, do not always guarantee that contagion is gone from an area.
Part of this is that household products, for safety reasons, can’t be as powerful as industrial-grade products only allowed to be used by certified professionals. The other issue is that household cleaning tools like sponges or wipes, combined with regular cleaning habits, are unlikely to cover all the areas required to decontaminate a space.
COVID-19 Is Stable
Recent studies now being conducted for COVID-19 show that it can linger in the air for up to three hours as an aerosol. It can remain stable on other surfaces, such as plastic or stainless steel, for up to three days. This means any unprotected contact with these surfaces can result in infection, if sick has coughed or sneezed into a hand, and then touched objects in that space.
Biohazard clean-up means a professionally trained crew takes all precautions to protect you, themselves, and the space designated for clean up. All surfaces are treated, everyone wears protective clothing to ensure no accidental exposure, and specialized equipment, disinfectant, and other high-grade cleaners are used to ensure that the entire space is safe.
If you’re worried about a contaminated space, we can help. Contact Bio Star Services and let us evaluate the area and treat it to make it safe again.