Killing germs and bacteria is commonplace in both business and home settings, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever to keep all frequently-touched surfaces or objects — like desks, tables, taps, phones, and office equipment — germ-free and disinfected.

We know that COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, is a respiratory virus that can spread very quickly, so making sure we keep it under control is vital. Safety measures like regularly washing hands with soap and water, using hand sanitiser, and maintaining social distancing can reduce the chance of infection, but to actually kill germs, you also must sanitize or disinfect surfaces after cleaning them.

But which cleaning products should you actually use? In this blog, we’ll explore which disinfectant products are actually effective against SARS-CoV-2 and how to use them.

How long does the COVID-19 virus survive on surfaces?

First of all, it’s important to know that SARS-CoV-2 can survive on hard surfaces for up to 28 days. That’s a lot longer than most people would expect, so making sure that the methods you are using to clean and disinfect your space are effective and thorough is vital.

There are many products that you can use to disinfect surfaces, but you should also consider using a constant disinfection method to ‘top-up’ your cleaning and make sure that all surfaces are constantly being protected.

UVC light is a great option for this, as it can be fitted into HVAC systems to constantly run and disinfect surfaces and air. This protects you, your family, your staff, and your customers.

Effective disinfection products

Some of the most effective products for disinfecting your space and protecting yourself against COVID-19 are:

  • Disinfecting wipes – these are a quick and easy way to disinfect a surface. Usually these are used just before you touch a surface, for example disinfecting a phone before you touch it. It is easy to miss spots with disinfectant wipes, however, and they rely on you remembering to sue them constantly.
  • Disinfectant spray – similar to disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray is effective if you want to kill germs. Disinfectant spray also relies on a clear and consistent cleaning plan for true effectiveness.
  • Bleach – bleach is very powerful and can kill the majority of germs and viruses on a surface.
  • Soap and water – soap and water is the mainstay of any cleaning routine, as keeping your hands clean and avoiding touching your face can help to stop the transfer of germs from surfaces into your mouth, eyes, and nose.

Get true peace of mind with UVC light

UVC light is one of the most effective disinfection systems available today. It can be installed into HVAC systems and cooling coils, where it has the power to kill viruses, germs, bacteria, and mould from the inside out by entering the cell and shattering its DNA. This leaves the cell unable to reproduce and spread. UVC light also disinfects the air and can be kept running constantly.

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