Clean - It's What We Do
Thank you for calling me regarding SERVPRO of Ravenswood’s ability to continue to provide commercial cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. SERVPRO Industries, LLC has been dealing with biological hazards such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi for over 50 years. However, not with this much urgency! Nonetheless, we are ready and our awareness is heightened.
Cleaning versus Sanitizing versus Disinfecting
It is important for all parties to understand the different levels of cleaning that may or may not be possible for each surface. All surfaces can be cleaned, many surfaces can be sanitized, and some surfaces can be disinfected.
Definitions of microbe control are:
- General Surface Cleaning – physically removes visible dirt, organic matter, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface. The guiding principal is to remove microbes if possible, rather than kill them (with a sanitizer or disinfectant). In addition, thoroughly cleaning a surface can reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long.
- Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminates all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a. 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.
- Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used.
The cleanup scope involving the COVID-19 virus:
- High Touch Cleanup: Cleanup of high touch surfaces is required for a situation involving a person who is suspected to have COVID-19 or a Person Under Investigation (PUI); which is someone who is involved in a quarantine situation or has come in contact with someone who has been in a quarantine situation, or has come in contact with someone testing positive. This includes cleaning and disinfecting of high touch nonporous surfaces and cleaning and sanitizing of high touch porous surfaces.
- Enhanced Cleanup: Enhanced cleanup is required for an area in which a person who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 has inhabited. This includes cleaning and disinfecting of all nonporous surfaces and cleaning and sanitizing of all porous surfaces. This enhanced cleaning includes walls up to 8 feet but excludes ceilings.
A combination of High Touch Cleanup and Enhanced Cleanup may be needed within a structure based on where the infected individual has directly traveled or occupied.
General baseline pricing formula for up front estimating only (budget planning purposes):
1. General Cleaning
Proactive cleaning to minimize the transmission of Emerging Viral Pathogens (NO potential or actual exposure to SARs-CoV-2 has occurred)
(Time & Material rate sheet is attached)
2. High-Touch or Enhanced Cleanup
Request for Cleaning and Disinfection to Limit the Survival of Emerging Viral Pathogens (Confirmed or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2)
$1.00 per SqFt
Ideally, SERVPRO of Ravenswood prefers to conduct General cleaning (#1) services now while an empty environment exists (unoccupied). This scenario allows our laborers to efficiently and effectively; build containment areas, gear up with PPE, and do what we do best – CLEAN!
Please Contact 773-878-5200 to Book your Cleaning Appointment
Temporary Laborers For Hire: Email SERVPRO9758@hotmail.com Ref “COVID ATTACK TEAM”