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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.
COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
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Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk
Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:
Practice Good Hygiene
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This guidance is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread through close contact from person to person in respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Although not as common, you could get COVID-19 if you touch an object or a surface that has the virus on it, and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. That's why washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is so important for protecting yourself and slowing the spread.
How long does the virus live on objects and surfaces?
We are still learning how long the virus lives outside of a person. A recent study found that the virus can live up to 4 hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 2 to 3 days on hard surfaces like plastic and stainless steel. We don't know yet what effect different conditions, such heat, cold, or exposure to sunlight have on the virus, which could make those times shorter.
You can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by washing your hands and cleaning frequently used objects and frequently touched surfaces (like door knobs, railings, drinking fountains, and counters).
Should I wear gloves while cleaning?
Yes, you should wear disposable gloves while cleaning, but remember not to touch your face with your gloves. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after removing your gloves.
What should I do with my work clothing after I'm done cleaning?
Wash your clothes as you normally would. No special detergent is needed. Consider bringing a change of clothes to work and changing before you leave. Put your work clothes in a plastic bag until you can get home and wash them.
I'm worried about bringing germs home to my family. How can I protect them?
Follow basic prevention measures such as washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you are done cleaning (and wash them again when you get home). In addition, consider changing your clothing before you leave work and putting them in the wash before you interact with your children and family members.
We are the McAllen`s largest commercial residential COVID-19 cleanup company. If your company has multiple locations across the McAllen, that’s no problem. Our offices are strategically located throughout the McAllen and ready to deploy within 24 hours/7 days a week.
Peace of Mind with Verifiable Surface Testing
Our verifiable surface testing utilizes RT-PCR technology to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the viral cause of COVID-19, on fomites and hard surfaces. In addition, our proprietary chemicals were recently EPA-approved to kill coronavirus, making Aftermath one of the few companies that can legally claim their disinfectants kill COVID-19.
Expert Level Cleaning Services
In these unprecedented times and as part of the effort to help businesses impacted by COVID-19, RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES is responding to the current global pandemic by offering a groundbreaking cleaning and sanitizing solution for businesses and facilities.
RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES 3-Step Clean System incorporates the use of a professional grade botanical disinfectant combined with a unique antimicrobial surface protectant that can provide residual surface protection for up to 90 days.
The problem that most businesses face today is that common surface touch points (door handles / knobs, elevator buttons, light switches, for example) may be cleaned with disinfectants but, within hours of disinfection and continued use, microbial contaminants can begin to grow.
RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES uses a 3-step cleaning process to help protect your property and provide a safer environment for employees and patrons.
STEP # 1 – DISINFECTION
RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES uses a highly-acclaimed botanical disinfectant solution that kills 99.9% of viruses (including the human Coronavirus), bacteria, fungi and mold . The solution disinfects, cleans, sanitizes and deodorizes in just ONE step.
Because the active ingredient is derived from botanicals, this eco-friendly, EPA registered disinfectant contains no harsh chemicals and eliminates most Allergens upon contact. It is non-flammable, non-corrosive and non-abrasive.
Safe for everyday use, the disinfectant is a ready-to-use, patented and NSF Certified formula that requires no rinsing - even on food contact surfaces.
STEP # 2 – PROTECTION
After surfaces are thoroughly cleaned with the disinfect, RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES applies the BIOPROTECT™ RTU Antimicrobial Surface Protectant
BIOPROTECT™ RTU is an EPA-registered, water-based formula that forms an antimicrobial shield which provides persistent, continuous, antimicrobial protection against a broad range of microbes. It is non-flammable, colorless, odorless, non-leaching and non-migrating. It can be applied to both porous and non-porous surfaces, including HVAC systems. It is also safe for use on food contact surfaces, utensils, appliances and equipment.
RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
As you may imagine our coronavirus deep cleaning services are currently in high demand. We are striving to offer our services as efficiently as ever, and we also have an emergency 24 hour coronavirus cleaning service in place. We are committed to provide you with rapid emergency response on a 24/7 basis throughout the McAllen, as your peace of mind matters to us. Call us today!
If you’re an essential business still operating at this time, keeping your workplace safe and free from infection is likely a primary concern. This is true both to prevent illness in the facility and to preserve peace of mind for all occupants, so they know all steps are being taken to keep them safe.
The CDC’s guidelines call for every essential business to “clean and disinfect all areas…routinely.” Additionally, at this point it is clear that individuals can be asymptomatic and still transmit COVID-19 (more data here), resulting in necessary actions being taken across every organization that has its doors open.
As a result, many organizations are taking steps to keep their facilities sanitized, such as wiping down areas with disinfecting wipes and cleaning more regularly than normal. We believe that these steps are important but not sufficient to maintain a safe work environment in the midst of an epidemic.
We strongly recommend professionally disinfecting your facility as a way to keep your employees and occupants safe and to keep essential personnel working in this time of crisis. Here are three of the reasons why:
Professional sanitizing can reach all corners of the facility. By applying disinfectant using a combination of techniques—including fogging, surface wiping, and spraying—areas of the building are addressed that would otherwise be missed by ordinary cleaning.
A brief overview of these methods (more details here):
Fogging—Technique that uses a fine spray to deliver disinfectant so that it reaches all interior spaces. Can be done in interior spaces as well as in air duct systems.
Surface wiping—Wiping down all surfaces with industrial-grade disinfectant. The solution is applied wet, allowed to dwell, then wiped for maximum effectiveness.
Spraying—Applying a “wet” spray to completely coat a surface in sanitizing solution. After the solution is applied, it is allowed to dry to ensure effectiveness. You’ve probably seen footage of this on the news, as cities have been wet-spraying public spaces.
Via these techniques, every nook and cranny of the facility—from high-touch surfaces to the interior of the air duct system—can be sanitized.
Professional cleaning utilizes a different quality of sanitizing product. Off-the-shelf products can be effective at addressing coronavirus, but they will not have the efficacy of a higher-strength disinfectant.
A couple of notes about disinfecting products:
The EPA maintains a list of products for use against COVID-19—found here—that includes both professional-strength and off-the-shelf products. We are using only the products found on this list and would recommend all others do the same.
You hear products being promoted as “hospital grade” or “industrial grade.” These are purely marketing terms and don’t represent anything about the quality of the product. That said, there is a distinction between professional-strength cleaning products such as the ones that RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES uses and off-the-shelf products you would buy at the store.
By using a company like RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES that employs professional-strength cleaning products included on the EPA list to fight coronavirus, you are receiving the highest-quality sanitation and maximizing your likelihood of eliminating any virus.
By not using your employees or staff to clean and disinfect the premises, you are keeping them safe and out of harm’s way. Professional crews such as ours are trained to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and clean in such a way as to minimize risk to themselves. If you are using your own staff to wipe down and clean areas, they may not know how to properly protect themselves.
In addition, companies such as RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES can schedule after-hours work to avoid contact with your occupants and eliminate any person-to-person interaction. This is much safer than having staff clean during regular business hours. (If it is not possible to schedule after-hours work—as in the case of facilities that are open 24 hours a day—companies like ours can work with you to identify a solution.)
For each of the reasons above, we believe that every essential business should be regularly conducting professional cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. When the time comes to have sanitizing work done, we have several recommendations, found here.
And of course, whenever you decide to clean, sanitize, and disinfect, RGV HOUSEHOLD SERVICES is here for you and happy to help.
RGV Household Services is the industry leader in infectious disease and biohazard remediation, including coronavirus (COVID-19) disinfection, and delivers the highest professional standards possible. We are dedicated to providing rapid emergency response 24/7 throughout the McAllen so you can have peace of mind in the event of an outbreak.
At the heart of our organization is our team of more than 250 experienced and credentialed cleanup professionals. You can rest assured your organization’s disinfection needs are in good hands.
We offer deep cleaning and infection prevention control to Residential Homes, Apartments and Commercial Hospitals, Ambulances, Dentists, Schools, Council Buildings, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Offices and Commercial Buildings.
At RGV Household Services we perform a deep cleaning service to prevent any chance of Coronavirus spreading. We will ensure that any common areas that germs could spread will be cleaned. We carry out deep cleaning on site, then focus on the high risk regular touch points of the building. These areas are cleaned with either a virucidal and bactericidal, bleach based disinfectants, or superheated steam, as recommended by the center for disease control.