The Fight Against The Coronavirus and COVID-19

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER

First and foremost, we want to extend our thoughts and prayers to each and everyone of you during these stressful times. ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning By Pristine Janitorial is considered an essential business. Our services help create and maintain a healthy environment so that other businesses can perform their functions. Additionally, we can likewise assist households in achieving the safest and healthiest environment possible.

IMPACT TO OUR LIVES

This virus has added so much stress and discomfort to our lives. We know this organism can survive on a variety of surfaces, in varying temperatures, from 2-4 days. However, these variables are what has created such uncertainty. We’ve lost our ability to come and go freely, we don’t know the certainty of product availability, and we have had major disruption to our jobs, schools and family-life. The experts are working feverously to find a vaccine and a cure. But until then, our best response to the virus is disinfecting,and sanitizing. We know these processes play a major role in the fight against the coronavirus and COVID-19. While these processes are not new or unique, they need to be emphasized. We are at war with an enemy we can’t see, nor can we predict its path.

INDIVIDUALLY, HOW CAN WE FIGHT THE SPREAD

We know that limiting our movement and physical contact is one way for slow the spread of the virus. However, those limitations alone are not enough, thus the importance of  sanitizing and disinfecting. We can take measures into our own hands to limit the spread of this virus. Sanitizing and disinfecting processes that we can utilize to limit the spread. Sanitizing is the process and products removal of micro-organisms. Disinfecting is the process and products utilized to kill organisms. Here are some ways to sanitize and disinfect our environment:

  • Use proper hand hygiene: sanitize with 60% or higher isopropyl alcohol, wash hands for 20-seconds (making sure to wash all fingers and backs of hands)
  • Do not touch your face or the face of others
  • Do not cough into your hand or into the open air (use  tissue or the crease of your elbow)
  • Avoid using handkerchiefs and discard tissues immediately into a touch-free trash  container
  • Maintain a 6-foot social distancing
  • Consistent and thorough disinfecting of surfaces and high-volume touch areas
  • Properly wash clothes; at least a 20-minute wash cycles at a minimum temperature of 160 degrees
  • Keep sanitizer and a change of clothes in your vehicle, and a plastic bag for the removed item(s)
  • Place hand sanitizer at business and residential entry and exit points; sanitize coming and going
  • Limit contact with infants, individuals over 50-years of age, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions
  • If you are symptomatic with or believe you’ve been exposed to the virus, call a medical professional but DO NOT enter a medical facility without prior consultation
  • Avoid physical contact with first responders and medical professionals (we need them healthy)

PROFESSIONALLY, HOW CAN WE HELP IN THE FIGHT

ServiceMaster has been a cleaning industry leader for over 60-years. Over time we developed the best cleaning products and processes in the industry. At ServiceMaster, we are working daily with numerous experts to ensure we can prove our customers with the best product and services available, now and into the future. SMCCBPJ was and has been using EPA approved disinfectants for quite some time.

Below are a few services we offer to assist you in establishing and maintaining a healthy environment, while using only EPA approved coronavirus disinfectants:

  • Pre-Exposure Treatment
    • General cleaning
    • Detailed wipe-downs
    • Pre-cautionary Spray Treatment (a general cleaning prior to treatment is required)
  • Post-Contamination Treatment
    • Includes detailed cleaning – ceiling to floor, wall to wall
    • Where applicable, steam clean carpets and upholstery

Our trained and dedicated team members are here and ready to assist you in this fight to stop the virus, give us a call. We are in this together.

Stay Safe and Be Healthy!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19
What is Coronavirus, COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an enveloped virus causing mild to severe respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which may appear 2-14 days post exposure.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person between those in close contact (within ~6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible for a person to get the virus by touching a surface or object and then touching their own nose, mouth, or possibly eyes, although at this time this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are simple, everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses?
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Which disinfectants are effective against COVID-19?
Because the virus is so new, the EPA has not tested and established efficacy protocols or inactivation claims. The EPA has issued “Guidance to registrants: process for making claims against emerging viral pathogens not on EPA-registered disinfectant labels,” which at this time establishes approved products. An eligible product must meet the criteria in the document in order to make limited claims about disinfectant efficacy.

ServiceMaster disinfectants that can make this claim in line with dwell times and product labels are Peridox, Virex Plus, Sanimaster 7, Sanimaster 6, and Decon 30.

What is disinfectant dwell time?
Dwell time is the required period that a surface must remain wet in order for a disinfectant to achieve full efficacy.

MORE INFORMATION & RESOURSES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Summary
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities CDC
Food and Drug Administration, Coronavirus
World Health Organization, Coronavirus
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2019 Novel Coronavirus