Using your Hot Water Jetting Equipment for Sanitation
Orange Facility Cleaning of Nashville, TN is a customer of Power Line Industries, Inc (our parent company).
Coronavirus COVID-19 certainly caught the world we were all living in off-guard. While lives and businesses have been turned upside down during this time of uncertainty, what hasn’t changed is the ability of HotJet USA hot water jetting equipment being used as an effective tool to combat virus related issues across the nation. Thanks to ill-advised customers flushing diaper wipes, paper towels and other objects, plumbers are indeed busy using their jetting equipment for the tough clogs! However, HotJet USA hot water jetting equipment can do much more!
While an emphasis has been placed on keeping surfaces inside buildings clean and virus-free, one must remember that steps to minimize the tracking of dirt, bacteria, viruses and gunk into hospitals, stores, restaurants and buildings is just as important. All HotJet USA hot water jetters come with tools to power wash. Repurposing jetter equipment for sanitation is a value-added service that jetting professionals can offer. Power wash equipment utilizing hot water technology can be one of the first lines of defense for creating the sanitary barriers needed to prevent the spread of germs like those that carry the coronavirus, COVID-19.
The CDC recommends a diluted bleach solution can be used if it’s appropriate for the surface. Manufacturer’s instructions are to be adhered to, proper ventilation provided and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Check to ensure the bleach is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
4 ounces (1/2 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Studies have shown that the virus can remain viable in the air and on surfaces from hours to, in some cases, days. The process to eliminate the virus includes (1) immobilizing germs/bacteria with a bleach solution, preferably using a surfactant such as dish soap (use caution to use a soap that does not contain any ingredients that are harmful to mix with bleach), (2) dwell time so the detergent solution can break down the fat/proteins that protect the virus and (3) hot water (140° – 165°F) to clean.
NEVER MIX BLEACH WITH AMMONIA, VINEGAR, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE OR RUBBING ALCOHOL. WEAR PROPER PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) WHEN MIXING BLEACH AND RUNNING EQUIPMENT AT HIGH TEMPERATURES.
For more information about power washing to clean, disinfect and sanitize, please visit www.cleaningforcoronavirus.com or call HotJet USA/Power Line Industries at 1-800-624-81896.