We've seen an abundance of new product launches over the last year as "Covid Defense" continues on as a hot topic in the facility maintenance industry. More specifically, the increase in offerings for Electrostatic Sprayers has given cleaning contractors and facility maintenance folks the chance to fully redesign their cleaning/maintenance game plans due to the increase in cleaning efficiency that sprayers provide.
Before we all head out to start spraying our disinfectant on every surface imaginable with our new sprayers, we thought it best to take a step back and help the community be more a bit more detailed with their time. In the article below you'll find a basic outline to help you and your team properly document your electrostatic cleaning process.
Document your process for accountability
To really solidify the confidence in the disinfecting routine, it's best to begin with a roadmap/template of your own choosing to hold yourself accountable. By documenting the steps, supplies used, dilution methods and other details of your specific plan, you can increase performance and add overall accountability for your electrostatic spraying process for both yourself and your teams.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be inventoried and maintained accordingly as part of your first step towards success, always! Sometimes your equipment can be outdated, maybe they're not properly rated for your use, or maybe you're just not familiar with what you have left in your supply closet. If any of those apply to you, documenting and inventorying your PPE will allow you to be prepared at all times. Remember, it's better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.
- Identify your target areas ahead of time and refer to these as your "hot zones" for your documentation. These are the high traffic areas you cannot miss. High use entryways, elevators, waiting rooms, cafeterias, restrooms, etc. These should be documented / named in a way that you and your team can both use the documentation together without any confusion. Identifying your target areas ahead of time allows you to use your time more efficiently.
- Finding the right tools for the job comes next. After you've figured out your PPE needs and your intended area of spraying, the next question becomes: What type of sprayer do I need for the job? While we can't tell you what sprayer is best for your needs, we'd be more than happy to point you in the right direction to perform your own research! Below are a couple of sprayer options we have available through our RenuSupplies.com website. Feel free to take a look as a starting point for your research, and just shoot me an email to email@example.com if you have any questions at all.
Routine maintenance on equipment
- Check your equipment often: If you notice an inconsistency in pressure or within the amount of solution being drawn into your solution line, it might be time to preform a bit of maintenance. Filters, nozzles, hoses, solution lines, and other critical points on your equipment are usually the main culprits for blockage from debris. Remember to include checking these as part of your maintenance documentation. Remember to shop at renusupplies.com when you need to restock on filters and supplies!
- Properly rinse and clean your equipment when finished (if applicable). It's best practice to refrain from keeping old cleaning solution in your tanks after the job is finished. When the next operator goes to use it and finds out that its filled with 3 week old sludge, they won't be too happy! Drain your equipment properly and rinse all tanks clean with water.
- Fully recharge your batteries at the end of the job. We want to be able to rely on the equipment we use, both based on the quality but also the reliability of ourselves and our team members to follow through together. By having your batteries fully charged and ready to go, you remove as much delay as possible and your entire team can stick to the specific plan you've created.
If you find yourself in a position where you're unsure of the proper PPE for the job, or you just find yourself completely confused and overwhelmed by the info above, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'd love to work with you individually to help explore the options we have available and how we can best prepare you for the job you have in mind.