Sanitation

Sanitizing for COVID-19 Can Achieved By Using The Following Methods:

NOTE: This site serves a global community and some methods of sanitation are recommended and approved by some countries and not currently recommended and approved by other countries, at this time.

  • Liquid Sanitation – Chemicals on Porous Surfaces (FAQ)
  • Liquid Sanitation – Chemicals on Non-Porous Surfaces (FAQ)
  • Liquid Sanitation – Chemical sprayed from a specialized fogging machine (FAQ)
  • Liquid Sanitation – Chemical sprayed from an electrostatic spray disinfection system (FAQ)
    • This system turn disinfectant liquid (e.g., Quaternary ammonium compounds) into aerosols and then apply a charge to each droplet so that they are attracted to surfaces through electrostatic forces which are greater than gravity.
    • Caution: Safety Data Instructions must be observed for electrostatic spray disinfection systems as electrostatic sprayer systems can produce sparks, care needs to be taken when using these systems near flammable gases, liquids, and dusts.
  • Gas Sanitation – Gas dispersed using an Ozone machine (FAQ)
  • Light Sanitation – Through the use of UV-C Lights with Ozone (FAQ)
    • With a sustained exposure for a minimum of 5 minutes, the RNA of the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 virus is sufficiently altered to leave it unable to reproduce and is considered sanitized / disinfected. The virus is still alive but no longer able to reproduce or make anyone sick. (NOTE: “Sustained” requires the virus be fully immersed in Ozone gas for 30 second)
  • Light Sanitation – Through the use of UV-C Lights without Ozone (FAQ)
  • Light Sanitation – Room Air Sanitizer through the use of UV-C Lights without Ozone (FAQ)
  • Heat – 132 degrees Fahrenheit (56 degrees Celsius) sustained for a minimum of 30 minutes (FAQ)
  • Heat – 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) sustained for a minimum of 2 days (FAQ)
  • Heat – 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) sustained for a minimum of 2 weeks (FAQ)
  • Cold – 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) sustained for a minimum of 2 weeks (FAQ)
  • Heat – 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius) sustained for a minimum of 5 minutes (FAQ)
    • This can be achieved using most major brand HE washing machines produced in the past 14 years, that have the “Sanitary or Sanitize” Cycle and have a water temperature selection of “Extra Hot”. These washing machine have a secondary hot water heater built in, that was designed for killing all bacteria in dirty cloth diapers, it is an industrial grade heating cycle, in a residential washing machine. It heats the water to 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius), the typical full cycle is 105 – 141 minutes, but only 5 minutes at this temperature is sufficient to kill the virus. Validate in your owners manual for your machines temperature, as lower grade models may not have use that high of temperature. This high temperature is standard in brands such as LG and Samsung.Look for this NSF Certification on you HE washing machine with “Sanitary” cycles, as this also certifies it sanitizes at the extra high temperature.

Know How Long It Will Live On a Surface To Choose the Correct Cleaning Method or Device

Multi-Touch Surfaces Example List

  • 2 to 8 HoursAluminum – Examples: Soda Cans, Tinfoil, Water Bottles
  • 4 HoursCopper – Examples: Pennies. Tea Kettles, Cookware
  • 24 HoursCardboard – Examples: Shipping Boxes
  • 2 to 3 DaysPlastics – Examples: Milk Containers and Detergent Bottles, Subway and Bus Seats, Backpacks, Elevator Buttons
  • 2 to 3 DaysStainless Steel – Examples: Refrigerators, Pots and Pans, Sinks, Some Water Bottles
  • 4 DaysWood – Examples: Furniture, Decking, Wooden Doors, Wooden Door Frames
  • 5 DaysOther Metals – Examples: Doorknobs, Jewelry, Silverware
  • 5 DaysCeramics – Examples: Dishes, Pottery, Mugs
  • Up to 5 DaysGlass – Examples: Drinking Glasses, Measuring Cups, Mirrors, Windows