For those looking to disinfect their home or office from the novel coronavirus, the question of which specific products work seems to be trending. There are many blogs on what to clean, how to clean, when to clean, and so on, but what do you clean it with? Surely Lysol, bleach, vinegar, and the fancy products are great for eliminating bacteria and viruses, but what about COVID-19 specifically?
Registered Disinfectants Effective Against COVID-19
To best answer to the question on what disinfectants and cleaners are effective against COVID-19 is, any disinfectant labeled “EPA-registered” with a registration number are considered effective. In fact, the EPA has a specific list, known as List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19). Users can easily find a registered product by looking at the EPA Reg. No. on the product label.
Some common disinfectants and cleaners effective against COVID-19 include:
- Clorox Bleach
- Scrubbing Bubbles Multi-Purpose Disinfectant
- Bona STL Disinfecting Cleaner
- Lonza Disinfectant Wipes Plus
- Soft Scrub with Bleach
- Arm & Hammer Essentials Disinfecting Wipes
- Comet Disinfecting Cleaner
- Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner
- Lysol Bathroom Cleaner
- Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
There are a great deal more, so just be sure, visit EPA website to see the full list. According to the EPA, the list was established in early March and is updated weekly. It offers several tips on how to use the product effectively and safely. It also includes frequently asked questions (FAQ) for correct product usage.
They highly recommend reading the label carefully. Only use the product as described in the directions.
Using Other Products
The EPA says that if you are not able to find a registered product on their list, to look at a different product’s label to find the registration number. Always check first that COVID-19 is listed as an effective disinfectant target.
All products are required to list specific information in line with the EPA. When cleaning, follow all directions according to the product’s label to make sure it is used properly.
Beware of Fraudulent Products
As there are scams in every industry, the EPA heavily warns users to beware and take action against fraudulent products. They may not only be ineffective, but they can be harmful to the environment, household surfaces, and even unsafe for your health.
The EPA states that they are working with the Department of Justice and other agencies to remove advertised fraudulent and/or unregistered products. For users, the best way to indicate whether a cleaning agent or disinfectant is effective against COVID-19 it to simply use the list of registered products on the EPA website.
Commercial Cleaning Services
For business owners who simply want a clean, sanitary environment for all customers, staff/employees and guests, commercial cleaning services are always available with EPA-registered products. When searching for a contractor, be sure to ask about their products, and verify that they are on the EPA’s list. They should also be IICRC-certified, following industry standards to deliver the best results.
An experienced team will also focus on high-touch areas throughout commercial spaces, such as desks, keyboards, computer mice, door handles, arms of chairs, office phones, work cell phones, light switches, drawer and cabinet handles, etc. These surfaces contain high amounts of bacteria and viruses that can spread and make anyone sick. It’s not just COVID-19 we must avoid; other disease-causing viruses like H1N1, Norovirus, MRSA, E. Coli and more can all be life-threatening.
Thankfully, many EPA-registered products are also effective against the majority of diseases and viruses.
ServiceMaster DAK Commercial Cleaning Service
If your business is located in The North Shore or surrounding Northwest suburbs of Chicago, ServiceMaster DAK has been a commercial cleaning service provider since 1975. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, we have been following the CDC and WHO guidelines, using EPA-registered cleaning products in all kinds of commercial buildings, including:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Schools and universities
- Childcare centers
- Corporate buildings and offices
- Assisted living facilities and nursing homes
- And much more
About ServiceMaster’s Commercial Cleaning Product
ServiceMaster DAK uses an EPA-registered product specifically endorsed by ServiceMaster Restore for all commercial cleaning services, known as SaniMaster 7. This quaternary disinfectant cleaner is designed for athletic facilities, day care centers, hospitals, schools, and a number of other large facilities to prevent the risk of cross-contamination.
SaniMaster 7 can be used as a disinfectant and all-purpose cleaner as part of normal maintenance programs and does not contain phosphates or phosphorous compounds. It is safe to use on non-food contact surfaces such as plastic, sealed stone, stainless steel, finished woodwork bathroom fixtures, countertops, metal, and doorknobs.
SaniMaster 7 was designed to be effective as a one-step disinfectant, effective against a number of fungi, viruses, and bacteria.
Benefits of SaniMaster 7
- Only requires 5 minutes of dwell time, compared to 10 minutes from SaniMaster 6
- Mild citrus fragrance from cleaning and leaves no residual odor
- Ph is 8.5
- Dilution rate is 1 – 4 oz/gallon of ready solution
- No rinsing is required
- Combines advanced quaternary technology with strong cleaning agents
ServiceMaster DAK’s commercial cleaning services are perfect for facilities without a janitorial or cleaning service but don’t have the time or resources to clean their facilities in-house.
For a free estimate on our commercial cleaning services in The North Shore or Northwest Chicago suburbs, give us a call at 847-564-0204. We are also happy to answer any questions regarding our disinfectant cleaning service, or cleaning product, SaniMaster 7.