Coronavirus 

The facts you need to know.

We have studied everything you need to know about Coronavirus, and how to clean throughout the outbreak and how to protect yourself and cleaning teams. We have only used reliable sources, and link to our findings, Centre for Disease Control, World Health Organization and Government guidelines.

 

MotorScrubber has a worldwide network of cleaning supplies partners, we have been in regular contact to find out how cleaning teams are reacting to this pandemic. 

Understanding the Virus

Disinfecting and Protection

 

How big are Coronavirus particles?

The Coronavirus diameter vary from 60 to 140 nanometers.

Credit - nejm.org

Why is this important?

Knowing the size of the Coronavirus helps understand which face masks effectively filter the virus to protect you, which cleaning machinery filtration filters the virus and also how long the virus is able to stay stable in the air.

 

How long can Coronavirus survive on a surface?

• Up to 72 hours on stainless steel and plastic.

• Up to 4 hours on copper

• Up to 24 hours on cardboard

• 3 hours in droplets in the air.

Why is this important?

We need to understand how the virus is transmitted, and how long it stays alive outside of the human body. This information allows us to create cleaning and sanitising methods to help prevent the spread. 

MotorScrubber recommend to increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitising of all frequently touched surfaces. This information indicates the virus can drop to the floor and stay alive on the floor for 3 days. We recommend to scrub floor surfaces regularly and start using disposable mops. Only use vacuum cleaners or scrubber dryers with ULPA filtration fitted.

 

(We have prioritised development of disposable mops for our new BLADE mopping system)

Advice from MotorScrubber

 

How is Coronavirus transmitted?

It is spread by the following ways: 

• Close contact from another person

• Through droplets, when someone coughs or sneezes.

• Contact with infected surfaces, then hands touching eyes, nose or mouth.

Advice from MotorScrubber

We strongly advise cleaning teams wear the highest levels of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and follow government guidelines when around colleagues.

 

What safety equipment (PPE) should I wear if I'm a cleaner, cleaning during this pandemic?

Staff engaged in environmental cleaning and waste management should wear appropriate PPE. If there is an insufficient stock of respirators, then a surgical mask may be worn, as well as gloves, goggles and disposable overalls.

Why is this important?

Cleaning teams are at a higher risk of coming into contact with the Coronavirus. It is essential employers provide the correct equipment to keep their employees safe. 

 

Face Masks - What's the difference?

Surgical Mask

Valve

Valve makes it easier to exhale, however the exhaled air is not filtered so the wearer can exhale viruses into the air. 

Designed for surgeons to prevent exhaled germs entering the environment. Limited protection of inhaled air. 

EN14683 

• 98% bacterial filtration

• Loose Fit

• Only advised to be worn, when respirators are not available (see link below)  

No Valve

None valved masks, filter the breathed air in both directions. During a contagious virus pandemic, this gives better protection to everyone. 

FFP2 Respirator (European Standard)

N95 Respirator (American Standard)

FFP3 Respirator (European Standard)

N99 Respirator (American Standard)

• Certified to filter 95% of 300 Nanometre particles.

(Covid-19 is 60-140 nanometre)

• Tight Fit

• Recommended for hospital cleaning teams.

• Certified to filter 99% of 300 Nanometre particles.

(Covid-19 is 60-140 nanometre)

• Tight Fit

• To be worn when in close contact with infected people.

Advice from MotorScrubber

MotorScrubber strongly advise following the correct removal of PPE to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Do not touch the front of the mask during use, wash hands immediately after removing PPE and use disposable paper hand towels for drying.

 

What chemicals are approved to kill Coronavirus?

When purchasing chemicals, check the EPA registration number, this number gives indication on whether it can be used against Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Why is this important?

It is very time consuming cleaning and sanitising, so it is important to use approved chemicals that kill Covid-19, so that your efforts are not wasted. Regular cleaning followed by disinfection is recommended.

 

MotorScrubber are cleaning and hygiene experts, with a vast knowledge within the cleaning industry

During these times of uncertainty, we would like to share our knowledge and recommendations. 

MotorScrubber Guidance

Did You Know?

Our customers who are supplying hospitals during this pandemic, have informed us that scrubber dryers are no longer used on wards treating Covid-19. Hospital cleaning teams have switched to fully disposable cleaning tools, such as disposable floor mops and disposable cloths.   

 

Should we be using hand dryers or cleaning machines with suction motors?

Advice from MotorScrubber

MotorScrubber advise that any cleaning machine with suction motors (e.g. vacuum cleaners or scrubber dryers) including our suction models FORCE & Suction Kit should only be used if they have ULPA Filtration fitted, to avoid the virus being moved from floor surfaces to the air.

 

Filtration - What's the difference?

HEPA 

(High Efficiency Particle Air)

ULPA

(Ultra Low Particle Air)

There are many classes of HEPA filtration, typically HEPA filtration is certified to block 99.95% of particles 300 nanometres in size. Covid-19 is 60-140nm. Based on this information it is possible Covid-19 can pass through HEPA filtration. 

ULPA Filtration will remove 99.999% of particles with a size of 100 nanometres. Covid-19 ranges from 60-140nm. ULPA Filtration therefore offers a much higher degree of protection against the virus versus HEPA. 

Hand dryers could increase the risk of transmission.

As mentioned in the PPE section of the page, only use disposable paper hand towels for drying.

What Does The Future Look Like After the Coronavirus Pandemic?

See what MotorScrubber's CEO, Imre Killi has to say below...

 

"Covid-19 will change how the world cleans forever.  I like to think to the future and imagine how things will be. After this pandemic, customers will want to see businesses using professional cleaning equipment and cleaning methods, to give them peace of mind and trust in that business. Old fashioned, in-effective cleaning tools will no longer be accepted by the vast majority of the population. The current lockdown period is an opportunity for all businesses to think seriously about their cleaning methods, and the image it gives to their customers.

 

I see a world coming where all touch points will become automatic. Automatic lights, door opening, toilet flushing, hand soap dispensing and paper towel dispensing. Automation will vastly reduce the risk of touching contaminated surfaces and infecting yourself. I also see new innovations in auto sanitising of other essential touch surfaces, and a rise in fast room sanitising equipment." 

Imre Killi - CEO

A message from Team MotorScrubber

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