Skitterblink’s Decontamination & Disinfection Services
Let’s talk decontamination and disinfection. Since decontamination and disinfection are services we offer as a professional cleaning company, we get asked all the time why these services are necessary. The answer is simple: to protect people and property. In this article, we’ll look at what a pathogen is, why decontamination and disinfection services are necessary, and how they work.
What is a pathogen?
A pathogen is any microorganism that causes disease. Pathogens can be bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites.
There are many different types of pathogens. Some examples include:
- Bacteria – These are single-celled organisms that can be harmful or beneficial to humans depending on the type. Some bacteria live in our bodies and help us digest food and fight off infection; others cause disease by entering our body through cuts and mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat.
- Fungi – Fungi are also single-celled organisms. Like bacteria, some fungi live in our bodies without causing us harm; however, others can cause illness if they enter our bodies through cuts or wounds.
- Viruses – Viruses are smaller than bacteria or fungi and cannot grow on their own without host cells; this means that they must infect another organism (usually a plant or animal) before they can multiply and cause disease. Viruses cannot be seen with the naked eye but only under a microscope.
Why are decontamination and disinfection necessary?
Decontamination refers to the process of cleaning items so they can be safely used again. The main goal of decontamination is to remove visible dirt, dangerous substances and germs from a person, item and the surroundings.
Disinfection refers to the elimination of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses on inanimate objects such as floors or walls. Disinfectants (chemicals) are used to kill germs on surfaces that cannot be washed with water alone, such as countertops or toilets.
Decontamination and disinfection are two closely related processes that are used to remove or kill pathogens from surfaces. Decontamination and disinfection are important parts of maintaining a safe and healthy environment. It can also help prevent the spread of infection from one person to another when someone becomes ill with an infectious disease.
How do decontamination and disinfection work?
The first step in any decontamination project is to determine what type of contaminants are present. As professionals, we can identify the kind of contaminant and determine the best decontamination process. We then use special equipment and products designed specifically for removing these types of contaminants. Decontamination can be done mechanically (e.g., by rinsing) or chemically (e.g., by adding bleach). Decontamination can also be accomplished by using heat, radiation, or sound waves to kill germs.
When it comes to disinfection it is very important to choose the right chemicals for the job. Things we consider when choosing disinfection chemicals are the type of surface, dwell time (how long a disinfectant can be left on a surface), and who will be exposed to these chemicals (for example does it need to be child-friendly?).
Give us a call if you require decontamination and disinfection services. We can help keep your home and office safe and pathogen-free.