Tech Trends in Hygiene and Specialist Cleaning (2021)

Every January the media and thousands of people descend on Las Vegas for CES, the world’s largest consumer technology exhibition. It showcases the latest innovations in consumer technology – from the latest TVs, gaming consoles and home automation technology, to the weird and wonderful, including AI dog collars. This year was different, for obvious reasons, and was held virtually. Perhaps unsurprisingly, hygiene and ‘clean tech’ was a major theme. In this piece, we’ll explore the four key technologies Rentokil Specialist Hygiene uses to help keep buildings and workplaces safe and hygienic.

VIRUSKILLER™ – Clean Air Technology

Many viruses and illnesses can be transmitted through tiny particles in the air – expelled when people talk, sneeze or cough. Airborne transmission of Coronavirus was recognised by the World Health Organisation late last year, while US authorities have gone a step further to say inhalation of droplets and aerosols is the main way the virus spreads. Naturally, this makes working environments high risk for employees and visitors. Now the UK government is proposing new rules for offices and commercial properties, which will have to install better ventilation systems to help to reduce the spread of airborne diseases such as Coronavirus.

Air purification solutions could play a vital role in helping to reduce the risks associated with airborne viruses and bacteria, helping to protect staff and visitors indoors. Rentokil Initial is distributing a solution called VIRUSKILLER™, which kills 99.9999% of viruses with a single air pass, including Coronavirus*.

Originally developed in response to the SARS Coronavirus in South Korea in 2003, the technology has been tried and tested for over 15 years and can effectively eradicate airborne pathogens from indoor environments. Unlike traditional air purifiers that ‘trap’ airborne particles and microbes, the solution also decontaminates the air. It not only traps, but also kills airborne viruses, bacteria and fungi**. Thanks to its unique filtration process, reactor chamber and UV-C technology, when placed correctly the unit takes control of the airflow in a room, drawing contaminated air in from the ‘breathing zone’ and then releasing fresh, clean air back into the building.    

UV Lamps

Ultraviolet (UV) lamps provide a fast and effective disinfection method that does not require the use of chemical or liquid disinfectants – making them a perfect option for cleaning an environment with electrical or sensitive equipment, such as medical rooms, computer suites, laboratories or server rooms. These lamps are handheld and use UV light which causes the photochemical deconstruction of the DNA of microorganisms, to deactivate the virus’s reproductive processes so that it can no longer spread.

UV light is a proven technology for reducing the spread of bacteria, viruses and other harmful organisms that pose a risk to human health. Disinfection with UV lamps involves ensuring the correct exposure time to inactive microorganisms, disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions.

Mist Blowing Space Treatment

Mist Blowing Space Treatment can be used in the rapid and effective disinfection of large, open spaces such as warehouses, sports stadiums and large seating and public areas. The process involves expert technicians using a specialist disinfection system to distribute a substantial disinfectant mist over big areas. Due to the speed of the jet and the volume of the air that is generated, Mist Blowing Space Treatment powerfully blows out disinfectant, providing the fast and effective decontamination of large spaces.

Electrostatic Disinfection

This is a powerful disinfection treatment that involves adding an electric charge to liquid droplets of disinfectant when they are sprayed. This process allows these droplets to effectively wrap around surfaces within the area and just like a magnet; the process draws the droplets and the surface area together. This technology is an ideal disinfection method to treat hard-to-reach areas that people regularly come into contact with.

Final Thoughts

Keeping premises safe for workers, customers and visitors can be daunting as the guidance is complex and constantly changing. On top of this, the appropriate disinfection technique varies in different areas of a building. We provide a unique combination of consultative knowledge and hygiene services, designed to keep premises hygienically clean as well as supporting social distancing to ensure the safety of all those using the space.

VIRUSKILLER™, UV Lamps, Mist Blowing Space Treatment, and Electrostatic Disinfection are just a few options in our arsenal of hygiene and decontamination technology. As Coronavirus continues to persist across the country, business owners and facility managers should consider having their premises surveyed by one of our professional technicians to provide recommendations on how best to keep them hygienically clean. The use of these technologies in the cleaning of your buildings could make all the difference in helping to protect staff, customers, visitors and the community against Coronavirus.

* When independently tested against Coronavirus DF2, (a surrogate for Coronavirus), Adenovirus, Influenza and Polio, the unit was found to kill 99.9999% of viruses on a single air pass.
**When independently tested against reference bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphyloccus aureus subsp. Aureus, Streptoccocus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Escherichia coli), the unit was found to kill 99.9999% of bacteria on a single air pass.