Nowadays, businesses are particularly aware of the importance of having disinfection, proper cleaning, and hygiene protocols to shield the employees from any harmful pathogens and ensure business continuity.
During disinfection, sometimes an extra layer of protection may be required to thoroughly disinfect the office environment. Therefore, disinfection through fogging can provide the additional safeguard that you may be looking for.
What is fogging?
It is quite common to see images on television of people who are geared up with personal protective equipment to spray off the interiors, surfaces, and buildings of all kinds. This process of disinfection is known as fogging. Usually, with fogging, disinfectant is poured into the fogging machine before being released into the atmosphere as a mist or fog.
There are many forms of fogging machine, as it could be a metal bowl or a backpack where the fogger is screwed into its top or has a handle so that one can easily carry it around. Others may sit on the ground and fill an area with fog. Foggers have a number of variations, which may include manual, automatic, and electrostatic foggers.
When the fogger is turned on, the disinfectant product is atomized and put into the air. The fog settles into different areas and disinfects them. This procedure can be beneficial for treating difficult and impossible regions like cracks and crevices that may not be possible to disinfect solely by hand. With the help of fogging, the sensitive electronic equipment and high impact areas that may be touched frequently may also benefit.
Varieties of fogging
There was a time when physical elements like copper derivatives, sulfur, mercury, and alkalized acids were used for disinfection. These elements were quite harmful to human beings as they were able to interrupt the brain function and nervous system. Nowadays, there are biochemicals and composite ingredients like titanium oxide and hydrogen peroxide chlorine are used, which is far safer.
- Chemical fogging
This is the method of manually spraying chemical disinfectants on the areas, in the form of mists or fogs. Typically, this type of fogging method is used in the food industry.
- Ozone fogging
This is a very effective method for eliminating odors, like the lingering smoke smells from fires, as it may deactivate the molecules that may cause the odor. In order to be effective in a commercial setting as an antiviral, a considerable quantity of ozone must be put into an area that can be hazardous to humans. It is essential for people to stay out of the treated area during the ozone fogging process.
- Ultraviolet (UV) light fogging
This is a proven microbial, as the blue ultraviolet light is used to kill harmful pathogens. The UV light is generally used in the water softening systems in order to eradicate harmful pathogens. This is a no-contact method and doesn’t at all leave a residue. In commercial settings, UV light fogging is not used.
Setting yourself for success with fogging
Fogging may offer you an extra layer of disinfection because the contractor will use the fogger to disinfect the items and places that may not be able to get disinfected entirely by hand and cover the spots that were already reached.
However, you must declutter your space before you clean and disinfect it. Decluttering can offer ready access to where you would like to have disinfection work done, thus doing the job correctly.
It is also worth noting that whenever you use a chemical disinfectant, you have to read the safety data sheet to better understand how and what quantities of disinfectant you need to apply. You should also know what dangers are in handling the chemical and what you should be doing if there is an unintentional exposure.
In this time of the global pandemic, it is always better to err on the side of caution when it is about protecting yourself from the destructive pathogens. Fogging is a perfect way to disinfect as it provides the additional protective measure that is helpful to reduce risk and put your mind at ease. It is always important to find the right professionals for the job who have credentials, integrity, and experience that you may trust.