Why is Fogging CDC-Recommended for COVID-19 Disinfection?

Throughout the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided updates and insights into best safety practices. Their website is a reputable resource for tips for everything from protecting children to advice on how to wash clothing after coming in contact with a person who has contracted the coronavirus.

The CDC has also issued guidelines for cleaning and helping businesses understand the best way to disinfect commonly touched surfaces. In an attempt to encourage the best cleaning practices, the CDC has approved a complete disinfectant process which utilizes approved chemicals that are EPA registered. 

These instructions and precautions are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 while protecting individuals and businesses.

Fogging is one of the processes that has been recommended by the CDC to disinfect areas potentially infected by COVID-19. Below, we’ll explain what fogging is and why it can be useful.

What is Chemical Fogging?

Chemical fogging applies approved disinfectants to a surface or room by dispersing chemicals as a fog or mist.

This form of disinfection is used often in the food industry, as well as in offices. The purpose of fogging is to dispense the chemical so that airborne organisms are eliminated. This makes it effective against COVID-19, which can be transported through respiratory droplets.

Many homes and businesses are utilizing this method of cleaning in order to fully sanitize areas that may have been exposed to coronavirus contaminants.

To use a fogging cleaning service, you’ll need to work with a company certified in fogging. At Four Seasons Cleaning, we have the certification and experience to use fogging to disinfect your home or commercial building.

When you hire a company for chemical fogging, be sure to leave an adequate amount of time for the cleaning. Depending on the space and type of chemical used, fogging can take around 30 minutes for the reaction to take place. And afterwards, the room will need approximately two hours of ventilation before it can be occupied again. 

Wiping Down Surfaces

The CDC recommends using fogging together with manually wiping down surfaces in order to eliminate the highest number of germs. Wiping a surface with disinfectant causes friction, which ensures that maximum contact is made with the virus to eradicate it. Depending on the cleaner you use and how systematic you are at wiping areas down, you may miss a few places and it may not completely disinfect the area due to lack of contact with the cleaner.

Tight corners or areas which are hard to reach are especially difficult to clean, which is one of the many reasons why fogging is beneficial for rounding out your cleaning practices and ensuring you the highest rate of disinfection.

EPA-Registered Cleaning Disinfectants

Types of approved cleaners to combat COVID-19 for certain surfaces can be found on the CDC website. The EPA-registered chemicals can be used in a spray, wipe, or fogging application.

If you use a Bothell house cleaning service such as Four Seasons for disinfectant fogging services, you know you’re working with a company certified in safe, effective cleaning procedures. You can rest assured that we will clean using approved disinfectant chemicals and methods that sanitize your space for the highest chance of eliminating COVID-19 infectants. We do our best to protect you, your business, your family, and the Bothell community and Seattle area.

COVID Cleaning

COVID-19 is a serious virus. In addition to sanitizing your building using fogging services, we recommend following other CDC guidelines for COVID-19 prevention.

The CDC outlines helpful tips for cleaning after someone who has the coronavirus and performing proper hygiene measures to prevent spreading or contracting it. These measures include cleaning common household items and areas such as chairs, doorknobs, touch screens, remote controls, etc.

Why Fogging is the Better Option

A spray-and-wipe method can be effective against germs, but alone, this may not be the most effective method of eradicating contaminants. Wiping down surfaces is one essential step in disinfecting your home or business, but for complete protection, fogging is another tool you can use to ensure that hard-to-reach places aren’t secretly storing germs.