Covid19 Vacation Rental Disinfecting
Proper and effective disinfection is NOT as simple as giving a housekeeper a tub of Clorox wipes. Cleaning and disinfecting for disease causing viruses and bacteria requires a professional understanding of the microbes and the science behind infection control.
At Bennington Properties we have a passion for the cleaning and disinfecting industry as well as a background in the science, art, and practice of infection control.
Bennington Properties guarantees that every guest will arrive to an exceptionally clean and disinfected vacation rental.* More details.
It's A Two Step Process - Sometimes three
Disinfecting for harmful microbes requires at least a two step process. The first step is to clean and remove the actual "dirt" (often invisible to the eye) where the microbes hide and find protection. The second step is to disinfect, using tools and chemicals that are proven to be effective against the microbes you are working to eliminate. Many chemicals require an equally important third step, rinsing the chemical off the surface. Many disinfecting chemicals leave a sticky residue and if not properly rinsed after applying will actually turn the surface into a microbe magnet.
how you use the chemicals is what matters
The greatest mistake a most people make is improper use of disinfecting chemicals. This mistakes generally involves one or more of the following: (1) not using chemicals shown to be effective against the microbes in question, (2) using effective chemicals, but not using them on the surfaces that they are effective on and (3) not using the chemicals in a way shown to be effective (dwell time - aka "wet time").
We use the quaternary disinfectant, QT-TB, for disinfecting all non-porous surfaces in our vacation rentals.
Dwell time is not what you think
Thanks to COVID19 most of us have heard about "dwell time." Dwell time is the amount of time that a chemical must remain on a surface to properly eliminate the microbes it is designed to attack. What most people get wrong is they think its a matter of just spraying and waiting 10 minutes (or whatever time is required). We like to use the term "wet time" because it gives a more accurate description of what dwell time is. Dwell time is the amount of time the surface must stay wet with chemical for it to be effective. Many chemicals evaporate quickly and so they require multiple applications during the "dwell time" to be effective. For example, a 10 minute dwell time may require 2-3 applications of the chemical during the 10 minutes to be effective against microbes.
Is Your "rag" or mop spreading microbes?
In normal cleaning all you are worried about is how the surface looks. If it looks clean than you have done your job. Many people will continue to use sponges and rags as long as they look clean. But with disinfecting looks ARE very misleading. Scientific studies have shown that the best "rags" to eliminate microbes are single use microfiber cloths. At Bennington Properties we disinfect all surfaces, including our floors, with single use microfiber cloths.
Floors are just as important as high touch areas
One of the largest surface areas in any building is the floor. Its also the largest harborer of microbes. Scientific studies have shown that when every area of a room is properly disinfected except the floor, the microbes left on the floor will spread to every area of the room with in a matter of hours.
Practice, Inspect, Practice, Inspect - Saves Lives
At Bennington Properties we understand that repetition (practice) is the mother of all skill. Without proper habits made through hours of practice, all our knowledge about disinfecting goes out the proverbial window. Therefore we practice, practice, practice - inspect - and then practice again. Our favorite tool to inspect for proper disinfecting techniques is UV light and invisible ink. We place invisible ink on surfaces throughout the house prior to cleaning. Our inspectors will then use a special light to check all the invisible ink spots throughout the house. If the ink is gone, its been properly cleaned and disinfected.
Here are several of the habits we continually practice.
- Proper washing/disinfecting of hands using hospital recommended procedures
- Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Proper application and "wet time" of disinfecting chemicals on surfaces
- Proper social distancing
- Handling and disinfection of cleaning equipment (vacuums, brooms, mops, etc.)
What are we disinfecting?
*This list highlights many of the areas we are disinfecting, but not all.
- Sheets and towels
- Front door lock screen
- Bathtub floors
- Dining chairs
- Coffee maker
- Refrigerator/freezer handles
- Toilets (including handles)
- Faucet knobs
- Counter tops
- Drawers and cupboard faces
- Door knobs
- Remote controls
- Light Switches
- Infection Control Today
- TIPS: The Infection Prevention Strategy
- Medical News Today
- Global Biorisk Advisory Council
- ISSA—The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
- The New England Journal of Medicine
- Cleaning & Maintenance Management (CMM)
- Chemical and Engineering News
- Science Magazine
- Floor Cleaning Effect on Microbes
- CDC Donning and Doffing PPE
- CDC Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Facility
- Hospitals Using UV Light to Check Efficacy of its Cleaning Efforts
- Understanding Microfiber's Role In Infection Prevention
- Novel Coronavirus Fighting Product List