Ultra low volume fogging used to combat bacteria and viruses
A new, mobile fogging service which will be used alongside manual cleaning to offer complete protection against harmful bacteria and viruses has been introduced by Rentokil Specialist Hygiene.
The service from the UK-based company allows technicians to disinfect large areas quickly, making it an effective way of removing any remaining infection risk after a manual deep clean. The treatment produces micro-droplets of disinfectant that float in the air for around 10 minutes after application, covering hard to reach and inaccessible areas that conventional cleaning or spraying can miss.
The company says delivering the disinfectant as a thin fog or mist is effective in combating pathogens because it kills airborne bacteria and viruses as well as those on surfaces.
Rentokil Specialist Hygiene’s fogging technology can disinfect more than 100m2 in just a few minutes, making it suitable for locations such as hospitals, care homes and cruise ships, which are particularly vulnerable to widespread outbreaks of disease.
Foggers generate a fog or mist formed of Ultra Low Volume (ULV) droplets, measuring 5–50μm in diameter. This means they are small enough to hang in the air for long enough to tackle pathogens, and are also attracted to land underneath, on top of and on the sides of surfaces in the same way as pathogenic microbes.
Luke Rutterford, Technical Manager at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene, said: 'This service does not replace the need for manual cleaning, but instead offers our customers added peace-of-mind and extra protection after a deep clean has been undertaken. For example, following the deep clean of a contaminated ward or room in the case of a hospital or care home, then a fogging application can be applied to both that area and the wider surroundings for added protection.'
The company says this service works particularly well for large spaces and those where downtime needs to be minimised or where contagious diseases spread very quickly. It can also be used to cleanse flood-affected buildings, once they have been fully cleared.