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VIRUS PROTECTION AGAINST COVID-19

  • What is a virus, and how can I kill it?
  • The role of Preventative Maintenance in protecting the health of a building
  • MoldGone can quickly sterilize and protect your business so you don’t have to close your doors to the public.

3/19/20 – SARS-CoV-2, or the novel coronavirus, is affecting business throughout the world. It is important to understand how they work and how we can prevent them. While social distancing will help stop person-to-person transmission, only preventative maintenance will stop surface-to-person infections.

Viruses are complex, invasive protein strands. As the foundational building blocks of our world, proteins are everywhere, including inside plant, animal, bacterial, and fungal cells. Viruses are more complex and can cause adverse health reactions. The good news is that the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which is responsible for COVID-19, is similar to any other enveloped virus in that it is relatively easy to denature.

Viruses are not alive and cannot be killed. Most viruses can remain viable on a surface for a few days. To denature a virus is simple assuming the right exposure time and a chemical agent capable of unwinding the protein strands. While bacterial disinfectants and hand sanitizers help, they rarely have the exposure time necessary to denature viruses and almost never reach the microscopic cracks and crevices present in carpet, HVAC systems, and furniture. Instead of waiting for a viral infection to reach epidemic or pandemic levels, we can reinforce our homes and businesses to prevent the surface-to-person transfer through Preventative Maintenance.

Preventative Maintenance is a ritualistic practice of maintenance in advance of a problem that will prevent the problem from occurring. For viral or bacterial infections, we can practice preventative maintenance by periodically sterilizing our facilities and applying preventative compounds on surfaces to make them unconducive for viruses to remain viable. At Pure Maintenance of Colorado, we employ a medical-grade cold sterilant we call InstaPURE.

“If it takes a firecracker to take out [the novel coronavirus], we offer dynamite.”

-MoldGone Holdings

InstaPURE denatures viruses, bacteria, and fungi. We apply InstaPURE using patent-protected dry-fog technology. Once we’ve eliminated the threat, we coat all surfaces with a microscopic antimicrobial called EverPURE. EverPURE provides an EPA-accepted 90 days of protection. Our market rate for sterilization services is $0.95 /sq ft, but because of the urgency required with the current pandemic, we have decreased our pricing for preventative maintenance to just $0.75/sq ft.

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FOUR SIMPLE STEPS TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH ON BATHROOM WALLS

dlcYou have probably seen funny black, pink, orange, brown, or white growth around a bathtub or shower. Usually you see it the grout or caulking, but sometimes you see it accumulate underneath a persistent drip in your leaky faucet. Once mold is visible in a building, it often requires professional remediation in order to eliminate it and stop it from growing back. BUT you can also use some simple techniques to eliminate lingering bathroom moisture and keep mold under control before it becomes a problem.   Tools you may need:

  1. Stiff scrub brush
  2. Sponge
  3. Squeegee
  4. Face mask
  5. Cleaning gloves

Materials needed:

  1. Cleaning agent
  2. Grout Sealer

Eliminating lingering moisture Bathrooms in any climate are subject to higher moisture levels. If that moisture lingers for too long, mold will grow, and will be difficult to get rid of regardless of how often you clean. Eliminating linger moisture in your bathrooms is key to preventing new mold growth. To prevent lingering humidity and mold growth, follow these four steps:   Step 1: Clean No technique will prevent mold growth better than cleaning regularly. Waiting until you visibly see a need to clean will nearly always create an environment for mold to grow. Remove existing mold (both visible and not visible). While wearing sufficient protective equipment, use a cleaning agent to remove mold stains. Bleach is often recommended through hearsay to treat mold, but unfortunately it isn’t enough to do the job on its own. It is, however, very good at whitening the stains after the mold is killed. Consider combining household chemicals like hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar to create a mold-killing compound. Be sure not to spray the chemicals as inhaling them can harm your lungs. Use a stiff scrub brush and sponge to physically remove the stains as well as any mold that might have rested on any other surface. Wash any chemical residue down the drain.   Step 2: Squeegee After EVERY bath or shower, squeegee water off the shower or bathtub walls. This will significantly reduce the amount of water available to support mold and mildew growth. It will also allow the room to dry far more rapidly.   Step 3: Ventilate Depending on when and how your home was built, you may or may not have a bathroom fan. If you have a ceiling or wall fan installed, run the fan both during and for at least a half hour after you shower. This pulls air with high moisture out while pulling in drier air from other areas of your home. If you don’t have a fan, or if your fan is too small for your bathroom size, consider placing a fan in the bathroom window to pull humid air directly outside.   Step 4: Seal Grout and caulking fail. When mold is present, they fail even quicker. If you have caulking, pay close attention to its integrity. If it begins to crack or peal away from the surfaces, remove it, and replace with brand new caulking. If you have grout, you can waterproof it by sealing the grout lines annually with a standard sealer. If the grout is cracking or crumbling, you may be too late to repair it yourself.

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