When it comes to disinfecting room technology, hospitals have been on the cutting edge for quite some time. Hotels, however, are newer to this game and could benefit from a bit of advice. To begin with, not every product labeled as a disinfectant is considered effective against COVID-19.
“It is very important to select the proper disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19,” says James E. Brown, MHA, Director of Environmental Services at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, New Jersey’s only specialty heart, lung and cardiac hospital, and an Alliance Partner at the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. “It must be an EPA registered approved disinfectant for COVID-19 or envelope viruses and currently on the EPA Emerging Pathogen list found on their website.”
Additionally, it is “critical” that wiping cloths are changed frequently to prevent cross contamination, Brown adds. This means that many hospitals use disposable wipes instead of reusable cloths.
Hospitals realize, however, that even very thorough manual cleanings can miss some viruses. This has led them to adopt technologies such as UV-C lighting or electrostatic sprayers, and ATP testing to complement the manual cleaning process. Hotels, too, are beginning to add the use of these advanced sanitation technologies to their housekeeping roster.