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Behind The Scenes: The Science behind Fogging to Fight COVID-19

Infection Control cleaning is a new method being adopted by Extra Care facilities, offices and social housing providers across the North hiring us to remove, kill and prevent the things we can’t see, like the coronavirus, from doing more harm.

Fogging Sanitisation is a fast, effective and non-invasive and professional cleaning service that our clients rely on. It’s also one way we’re fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, as more companies require deep cleans to open and maintain a clean and safe workspace for their staff in the coming weeks and months.

Fogging is an ideal solution for combating airborne pathogens and disinfecting large areas that require rapid re-entry of treated areas and minimum disruption like social housing, Extra Care facilities and office space.

It’s important to get rid of germs that lie on the surfaces we can see, but vital to target areas which could be missed or hard to reach, such as underneath tables or spaces between cupboards. This leads to hotspots, where a large volume of bacteria can gather and remain harmful. Using specialist equipment fogging kills germs where they lie and prevents them being transferred from one place to another (known as cross contamination) due to its automated process. With fogging, there are no places for the germs to hide.

 

What’s involved?

  • After a thorough clean, our fogging operatives fill each room with a fine mist of 10-micron particles. As the particles settle onto all the surfaces, a powerful sterilising agent kicks into action killing bacteria, spores and viruses fast.
  • Our fogging machines generate extremely small droplets of specialist disinfectant which settle underneath, on top of and on the sides of objects, soft furnishings, furniture, and hard to reach areas. This efficient process significantly reduces pathogens when compared to manual surface cleaning resulting in a cleaner and safer environment.
  • Our team cover all surfaces within a confined area including crockery, items in kitchens, desk spaces and items on desks in offices and communal area hotspots like light switches and door handles.
  • Electrostatic disinfecting is a way of quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting This is done by using an electrostatic applicator that gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle.

 

 

Your business or premises will be ready to reopen or use six hours after the treatment to give you peace of mind that it is completely free of bacteria and virus. 

Ask The Experts: What protection can I expect from wearing a face mask?

It’s been a topic of debate for weeks in Parliament and beyond as the United Kingdom seeks clarity on when and where to wear a face mask to protect themselves from catching coronavirus.

Following Government guidelines, the minimum amount of Personal Protective Equipment to be worn for cleaning an area where a person with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) is a protective mask, disposable gloves and an apron. Our Operations Manager is a Chartered Engineer and has experience of infection control and the science behind cleaning. We asked her to shed some light on what protection staff and society could expect from wearing a face mask.

 

 

Will a face mask stop me from catching coronavirus?

Wearing a face mask is certainly not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick as viruses can transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles which can penetrate masks. Where masks are useful is capturing droplets, which is a main transmission route of coronavirus.

 

When should I wear a face mask?

If you are likely to be in close contact with someone infected, a mask cuts the chance of the disease being passed on. If you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, or have been diagnosed, wearing a mask can also protect others.

 

Why should I wear a face mask?
Masks are crucial for health and social care workers looking after patients and are also recommended for family members who need to care for someone who is ill – ideally both the patient and carer should have a mask. N95 respirators and surgical masks (face masks) are examples of personal protective equipment that are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face. Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other key workers – like cleaners.

 

In a new document published on 11th May 2020, which outlines the government’s plan for bringing the country out of lockdown, it is recommended that face coverings should now be worn in enclosed spaces. Again, let me stress, doing so cuts the chance of coronavirus being passed on. It is not an iron-clad guarantee that you won’t get sick as viruses can transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles which can penetrate masks or other face coverings.

 

How do you wear a face mask safely?
A cloth face covering or mask should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. This can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. Before putting it on, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser and do the same after removing it.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store any used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them. Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.

Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched and wash the covering regularly. The covering can be washed with other laundry, using your normal washing powder.

To be clear, reusable face masks are not medical devices or personal protective equipment (PPE). Here at APM Cleaning, Our go-to FSP2 reusable masks have been unavailable due to demand so we’ve gone a level up and invested in FSP3 moulded face masks at a cost of £70 per mask to keep our staff safe and they have also been issued all with goggles. This is an example of essential PPE needed for key workers.

 

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Everything You Need To Know About COVID-19 Deep Cleaning

At APM Cleaning and Repair, we offer commercial and domestic cleaning services to customers right across the north of the country. Cleaning office blocks, Extra Care facilities for local authorities, social housing communal areas, lobbies and stairways is what we do day in, day out, but in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve seen an increase in queries and concerns from our customers about how to keep themselves and staff safe.

 

 

APM Cleaning and Repair’s Guide to COVID-19 Deep Cleaning

  1. Use virucidal disinfectants

Cleaning an area with normal household disinfectant after someone with suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. All dirt must be removed from all surfaces before using virucidal products.

 

  1. Wear PPE – and dispose of it properly

Our team will always wear disposable gloves, masks and aprons for cleaning. To conserve PPE in accordance with Government guidelines, aprons and masks are used when cleaning bathrooms.

 

  1. Pay attention to high touch points (HTP)

Our knowledgeable team pay particular attention to frequently touched areas and surfaces, such as the under-sides of handrails, chair arms, light switches and door handles.

 

  1. Wash your hands according to government guidelines

In-keeping with Government guidelines, we’re washing our hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and using hand-sanitiser between jobs. Our staff are trained to thoroughly clean their hands using UV hand cream and a UV torch which shows up any areas they have missed when washing.

 

  1. Thoroughly clean bathrooms

Covid-19 is found in body fluids (not sweat). Bathrooms are a particularly risky area and must be thoroughly cleaned before disinfecting.

The infection risk from cCOVID-19 on surfaces decreases over time. Government guidance shares studies of other viruses in the same family, which suggest that the risk is likely to be reduced significantly after 72 hours.

 

Book your deep clean with APM Cleaning and Repair

APM’s cleaners are classed as key workers in this crisis as we clean for Local Authorities in Extra Care facilities and Social Housing Providers developments, which makes us perfectly positioned to come in and give Care homes and offices in the north a deep clean to ensure hygiene levels are acceptable.

Following soil removal, APM can spray virucidal product using our state of the art VP300 Electrostatic Backpack sprayer. This equipment ensures the virucidal product ‘wraps around’ surfaces to cover them entirely and ensures the product contact time is achieved.

APM can verify the cleans’ effectiveness using our Hygiena Ensure ATP testing kit.

If your key workers are working and observing social distancing right now, you can Book APM Cleaning and Repair to come into your commercial premises to carry out a deep clean for added peace of mind. Or, contact us today to organise your deep clean for your business so your staff are able return to work.

All our work is guaranteed, just call us on 0191 273 4600 and a member of our team will be happy to help you

 

APM Cleaning Join Constructionline

Constructionline-approved-940x452APM Cleaning has signed up for Constructionline membership.

What this means to our commercial clients in particular is that you can be confident and let’s be frank, save time and money by avoiding the sifting process of pre-qualification documentation, as Constructionline has independently assessed our company credentials.  This includes company house registration details, finances, insurance, Health and Safety credentials which is all cross referenced against client references.

Constructionline have also aligned their pre-qualification questionnaire with the government mandated PAS 91 system.  [Developed as an industry solution by the British Standards Institute (BSI) to alleviate the administration burden, PAS 91 provides a standardised set of stage one assessment questions to be issued to suppliers when they wish to enter your supply chain.]

Our Constructionline Membership Number is 00303518.

APM Cleaning Achieve CHAS Certification

Chas-Logo1Health and Safety of both staff and clients remains a top priority for APM Cleaning.

To ensure that our procedures and documentation meet or exceed legislation we have joined the Contractor Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS).  As an organisation CHAS help businesses and organisations manage their Health and Safety risks and safeguard their reputation.

After a period of intense auditing it is with some pride that we announce full accreditation.

APM Cleaning joins forces with Infection Prevention Solutions

Recognising the importance of providing a cleaning service to support the medical sector in the fight against infection control, APM Cleaning have joined the Infection Prevention Solutions Partnership Programme.

An initial meeting was held in our offices in Newcastle between Samantha and Paul, our Director and Operations Manager respectively, and the Director of Infection Control Cleaning management, Karen Foulis.  The Infection Control Cleaning Partnership Programme has many benefits and will ensure that APM Cleaning have the managerial and organisation processes in place to confidently deliver the high cleaning standards required by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our aim is to deliver and exceed the standards for environmental cleanliness as addressed in the CQC’s Key Lines of Enquiry by establishing a robust Infection Control Cleaning Management structure and achieve ‘Approved Partnership’ status by late 2016.

Health and Wellness Fair 2015

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APM Cleaning recently attended the annual Health and Wellness Fair at Gosforth Racecourse Newcastle earlier this month.

During the day, we held a competition for a chance to win a spring clean worth £250 to the Winner’s home!

Our lucky winner was Elizabeth Knox who was very happy with the service that APM provided on completion of her free of charge clean.

Thank you to everyone who attended our stand on the day!