coverage, allowing large areas to be treated in a short amount of time.

Studies have shown that fogging reduces the number of pathogens present when compared to manual surface cleaning alone. When used in conjunction with routine and deep cleaning, it helps ensure all areas are fully sanitised. Fogging also has a quick drying time, which means any downtime is kept to a minimum and the affected business can resume operation as soon as possible.

“Once a contagious pathogen begins to

spread, more significant action may be required to combat the infection.”

cause havoc, businesses may need to suspend their operations while the infectious outbreak is controlled, potentially resulting in a significant amount of lost revenue and unhappy customers.

Routine cleaning and good hand hygiene can help prevent an outbreak, but once a contagious pathogen begins to spread, more significant action may be required to combat the infection. This is a job for specialist hygiene technicians, who have access to a method called Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Disinfectant Fogging.

Fogging involves generating a mist of 5-50-micron droplets of disinfectant. This mist is dispersed throughout the infected area and settles on top, underneath and on the sides of objects, soft furnishings, furniture and hard-to-reach areas. This technique offers maximum surface area

GRAFFITI Graffiti can often be unsightly and offensive. This can have a negative effect on businesses, as it may put customers off and make them less likely to visit a location that has been blighted by graffiti. While some may consider keeping the latest Banksy work on display, in most cases facilities managers and business owners want graffiti removed as soon as possible but, this is often easier said than done.

Each case of graffiti is rarely the same in terms of the method used and type of surface it has been put on. It can be created in a variety of ways including with spray paint, waxy substances, felt-tip markers, ball point pens and adhesive labels, all of which can prove very difficult to remove. One effective technique is Ecoblasting, which uses compressed air and an abrasive, such as recycled glass, to remove the layer of graffiti. After it has been removed, an anti-graffiti coating can be applied to ensure that future incidences can be dealt with quickly and easily, by preventing paint from bonding with the surface.

EcoBlasting does not use corrosive chemicals, and can be used on many surfaces including glass, wood, metal, brick and most types of stone. Its uses are not just limited to cleaning up after

graffiti; it can also be used to clean monuments, food manufacturing equipment, and to clean surfaces following flood or fire damage.

DEEP CLEANING Specialist technicians are often called in to carry out deep cleans of restaurants, factories and kitchens, as dirt, dust and grease can build up on walls, ceilings, lights and appliance fittings. Grease, carbon and steam can also form in ventilation ducts in kitchens. If allowed to build up, airflow can be restricted, causing foul smells and temperature control issues. Even more concerning is the increased risk of bacterial and fungal development in air vents. Affected businesses are also at risk of breaching The Food Safety Act 1990 – to which catering facilities and restaurants are obliged to comply.

Vents can also experience build ups of residual carbon and oil, which has the potential to start a fire. This carbon and oil is removed during a deep clean, reducing the risk of a fire and helping protect visitors and staff.

A deep clean is also an important precaution to protect the assets of a business. Maintaining high standards of cleanliness can improve the lifespan of equipment. Vent blockages within kitchens for example may reduce output, increasing costs through greater power usage and damage to expensive equipment. The benefits of specialist deep cleaning often outweigh any costs.

FINAL WORDS Cleaning is an incredibly important part of keeping facilities safe and operational for both visitors and staff. A regular cleaning regime helps to keep areas presentable and to prevent outbreaks of illness. However, it’s also important that all cleaning professionals know the limits of routine cleaning, and when a specialist treatment is required.

The wide range of specialist cleaning techniques may seem confusing at first, but specialist hygiene providers such as Rentokil Specialist Hygiene can advise you on the most appropriate method for your cleaning needs. SPECIALIST CLEANING | 65

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