The coronavirus has affected the senior adult community harder than any other and is even more reason that commercial cleaning and disinfection services for senior living facilities are more critical than ever before. That is certainly true here in the Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) metroplex.

With a current estimated population of 56,400,00 in the US and a projected population of 74,600,000 by the year 2030, our senior adult population is growing at a rapid pace as Baby Boomers age. Communities are proliferating for seniors aged 55+, including senior care facilities, independent living, assisted living and full spectrum communities that serve independent living through skilled nursing under one roof. With the onset of the global pandemic due to SARS-CoV-2, cleaning and disinfecting these properties remains in the spotlight as we care for our most vulnerable population.

Incredible innovations in commercial cleaning methodologies and disinfectants that are proving successful in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. The EPA created List N early in 2020 with products that are effective against the fight for novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The list has grown to 525 products since its inception.

The use of UVC lamps as a disinfection tactic to kill bacteria and viruses has increased dramatically this year. The upside is that the UVC lamps are a proven disinfectant for air, water and non-porous surfaces. UVC radiation has been shown to destroy the outer protein coating of the SARS-Coronavirus, which is a different virus from the current SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it has been proven effective against SARS-CoV-1 and MERS. The downside is that non-porous surfaces need to be free from dust and dirt for the light waves to reach the germs. Additional guidelines need to be developed for the wavelength, dose and duration of the UVC radiation required to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Another method in the arsenal of janitorial cleaning and disinfection services is the use of electrostatic sprayers that have grown in popularity for dispensing disinfectants. Electrostatic spray is electrically charged, allowing the appropriate sanitizers, mold preventatives and disinfectants to wrap around and evenly coat all types of surfaces. As the chemical exits the electrostatic sprayer, it is given a positive electrical charge. The droplets then become attracted to all negative surfaces, covering the visible area, underside and backside. Surfaces that are already covered will repel the spray, making the method extremely efficient and cost effective.

The newest trend in the commercial sanitation and decontamination services market are long lasting coatings that continuously kill bacteria, mold and viruses. These coatings are applied using an electrostatic sprayer. Instead of a short-term solution, these surface coatings that inactivate viruses and bacteria within two hours of application and continues to work against them for up to seven days and possibly longer. Once fully adopted, this method of commercial disinfection will eliminate the need for costly and time intensive daily disinfection services.

The team at Corporate Building Services is in the forefront of knowledge and experience regarding commercial disinfection and cleaning services during these challenging times. Serving the Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio markets, we partner with our customers to ensure the highest standards of quality cleaning to ensure the residents of senior care facilities are protected.