Making Use of ULV Fogging for Disinfection

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone globally. Needless to say, it has also changed the way offices are cleaned and disinfected, since it is the protocol for establishments or offices in Singapore with positive cases to undergo deep cleaning once there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in their premises.

The COVID-19 virus is a major concern for business owners especially since the closure of offices or establishments would mean a potential loss of revenue. If you or your employees have been exposed to the virus, it is important that you engage professional cleaning services to disinfect all surfaces in order to ensure that disinfection can be done swiftly and effectively.

Professional Disinfection Services By Lifeline Cleaning

Here at Lifeline Cleaning, we are happy to provide our customers in Singapore with disinfection services that will be done efficiently by our skilled team of professionals. By using Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) technology with our Atomer II fogging machine from Korea, we are able to fumigate high-touch surfaces in your office, including its nooks and crannies. In fact, our disinfection service is able to eliminate 99.9% of surface bacteria and viruses upon contact, leaving your office clean and safe for employees once the mist dries by the following day.

Why Do We Use ULV Technology?

ULV technology for disinfection is the practice of using a special misting nozzle on an aerosol to release compressed disinfectant droplets in a consistent manner. This method is used to apply disinfectants, biocides, fungicides or pesticides to a wide variety of surfaces, and can be used indoors as well. During the process of fogging, the fog dispensed is heated as it is dispersed from the nozzle and sinks on surfaces when it cools.

By using the method of UV fogging, sanitisation and disinfection of pathogens can be done quickly and effectively. Furthermore, ULV misting is highly effective when it comes to eradicating microbial contamination in high-traffic areas in your office since this cleaning process is able to target a vast area in a short amount of time.

Why Do We Use ULV Fogging Instead of Antiseptics?

Antiseptic substances are able to stop or slow down the growth of microorganisms and are commonly used in hospitals and medical settings to reduce the risk of infections during medical procedures. While antiseptics are as effective as disinfectants in removing bacteria, antiseptics are typically applied to the body, while the latter is more effective on non-living surfaces such as countertops or tables.

Furthermore, strong antiseptics can cause skin irritation and burns if they are not diluted with water. In general, it is not recommended to leave antiseptic on your skin for an extended period of time, compared to disinfectants used for ULV fogging, which dries up quickly and is safe for contact.

Why Choose Lifeline Cleaning?

While ULV technology coupled with high-quality disinfectants can keep your office bacteria-free, disinfectant coatings do not last forever. To combat COVID-19, engaging a professional disinfection service regularly can help to significantly reduce the chances of your employees or clients contracting the deadly virus at the office.

Here at Lifeline Cleaning, we take pride in our wide range of cleaning services made available for all types of workplaces in Singapore. With a professional team of staff, high-quality cleaning agents and cleaning equipment licensed by the National Environment Agency of Singapore, you can rest assured that our cleaning services are safe and reliable.

When it comes to customer service, we always strive to meet our customer’s expectations. After all, we are listed as one of the 10 Finest Disinfection and Sanitation Services in Singapore. Get in touch with us for a free quotation today!

4 Effective Methods to Get Rid of Dust

Dust, composed of up to five thousand different small particles of materials such as animal dander, the skin we shed, soil particles, smoke and ashes, bacteria, pollen, hair, insect parts, fibres, fungi, and dust mites, can find its way into your home or office and settle on everything. While most types of dust don’t cause severe illnesses, they can cause allergies and sickness. These include symptoms such as coughing, eye irritation, sneezing, and in severe cases, asthma or hay fever.

In offices, dust can cause your employees to fall sick more often. However, it is quite difficult to keep the workplace dust-free since dust can enter your workplace from many different sources. The workplace is also filled with areas that can accumulate dust quickly. A lot of these areas are out of plain sight and hard to reach, so it can be easy to overlook them.

What are some of the effective ways to dust in order to maintain a clean and comfortable working environment?

1. Wipe With a Microfiber Cloth

Microfiber cloths are a highly recommended tool for dusting. From windows to the floor, experts continue to recommend this specific cleaning tool. Its many advantages range from it saving money and outlasting other cleaning cloths to it being safe for the environment and being able to remove 99 per cent of dust on surfaces.

A microfiber cloth works by using its millions of fibres to lift and hold dirt, grease, grime, liquids, and bacteria. The positive-charged polyester fibres and negative-charged nylon fibres actually attract and pull up whatever is on the surface you’re cleaning.

Invest in a microfiber cloth and clean your tabletops at least once a week with it. For dusting, leave the cloth dry and wipe top-down. A damp cloth, on the other hand, would work better for disinfecting. You can spray antibacterial cleaner on it and wipe the table down. After each use, wash the microfiber cloth with water as per its recommended temperature.

2. Use a Blind Duster

Windows can be cleaned regularly, but what about the blinds or shades that cover them? They need some extra attention too. Blinds are great at keeping a room cool, blocking out light, and providing privacy but they are also great at collecting dust, hair, and other dirt that the wind brings. They can be a hassle to clean – but they don’t have to be.

Gather your cleaning supplies first. To tackle your blinds, you are going to need either a specific blind duster or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. Begin by fully lowering the blinds. Hold the bottom of the blind in one to stabilize it and use the vacuum cleaner or duster to dust, starting from the top and working your way down. Flip the blinds and repeat the process. If dusting is not enough, dampen a fibre cloth with warm water and wipe them down as well. Open them up and let them air-dry.

Clean your blinds at least once a month so the dust accumulation won’t get too bad.

3. Vacuum Carpeted Floors Regularly

Carpets are at a higher risk of dust accumulation. They contain small fibres that can trap a huge amount of dust and dirt. Soon enough, it results in a dusty matted carpet, especially in an area with high foot traffic.

There is no other way around carpet maintenance apart from engaging professional carpet cleaning services or with a vacuum cleaner. And that is a basic first step towards keeping it clean daily. In the long run, carpets need to be professionally cleaned and maintained from time to time to ensure longevity and hygiene level. It maintains the quality of the carpet and upkeeps the cosy and comfortable ambience of your corporate environment.

4. Engage Professional Dusting Services

Your regular janitor might keep your office clean, but they might not be able to keep your office space dust-free, which is why engaging dusting services regularly might be a better idea. Janitors might not be able to reach higher areas such as checkered ceilings or running overhead pipes above 3 meters, above the air-conditioner, and above the lights. Engage the help of Lifeline Cleaning’s dusting services to reach the most difficult and unreachable areas where dirt and dust usually accumulate.

Keeping your office dust-free is not always a walk in the park. Get in touch with Lifeline Cleaning today to get a free consultation and leave all your worries (and dust) in the hands of a trusted professional!

Why Regular Disinfection is Important in Singapore Offices

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented human and humanitarian challenges to everyone in the world. Even though the pandemic was an event that even the most extreme business-continuity plans hadn’t envisioned, companies rose to the occasion and acted swiftly to safeguard their employees. For many, this meant a complete shift from their offices to working from home. However, as we are closing towards a 2-year mark since the start of the pandemic, the situation seems to be slowly turning tides again. Although work-from-home remains as the default arrangement, more workers are returning to their offices. With staggered starting hours and the implementation of flexible working hours, companies are finding their way back to having their employees at their desks.

Being able to return to offices to work does not negate the need to keep the concern for workplace safety and cleanliness at an all-time high. In fact, it just makes it all the more a priority. Measures such as banning social gatherings at work have been put into place to reduce the chances of interaction. Now that workplace gatherings are banned, how else can we keep the office clean and safe for staff?

Why is Keeping the Workplace Clean and Sanitary Important?

Early in the pandemic, cleanliness became a high priority. And the importance of frequent cleaning and disinfecting has only increased since then. Workers are increasingly emphatic that the interior of office buildings need that extra layer of defence.

Keeping the workplace clean can inhibit the spread of communicable diseases. Serious respiratory illnesses are generally spread through coughing or sneezing, touching objects with contaminated hands, and touching your face after touching contaminated objects. This means that COVID-19 can also be spread easily through close contact and airborne particles.

An unsanitary workplace can also cause employees to fall ill more frequently. Thus, it is of utmost importance to keep the workplace safe for employees to return to. In addition to limiting your exposure to the infection, what else should be done to keep the workplace clean and safe?

Declutter Work Desks

The best place you can start with is the work desk. Encourage employees to keep their work desks clean and clutter-free. A messy desk equals a messy mind. It can make individuals feel overwhelmed, stressed out or defeated. With a simple daily routine of decluttering the table, employees can experience a sense of peace and satisfaction, both physically and mentally.

So how does one go about decluttering their desk? Set some time aside for it every day, perhaps 10 minutes. Decrease the paper clutter by digitising as many files as possible. Print documents only when necessary and immediately shred or dispose of the ones you don’t need anymore. Provide your staff with drawer organisers and allow them to customise it by labelling it for all the items on your desk, such as stationery.

Sanitise your own tabletop regularly. This includes your keyboard as well as other high-touch surfaces. Due to the ban on workplace gatherings, you might be eating at your desk. Hence, this should be a daily practice. The visual distraction of a cluttered work environment can make you unproductive and less likely to focus. Stay motivated with a neat and orderly work desk.

Disinfect Shared Spaces

Many areas in the office are accessed by more than one group of people. Places such as the pantry, lobby area and meeting rooms need some extra tender loving care. Use an antibacterial cleaner to clean the surfaces and any objects such as telephones in these areas. High-touch areas such as doorknobs and elevator buttons need to be regularly wiped down too. It will be easier for your employees to remember to clean and sanitise their workspaces when they are equipped with the proper tools they need to do so. Some basic products they must have access to include hand cleaner and hand sanitiser, paper towels, sanitising sprays, and disposable wipes.

Contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads. Hence, it is important for these places to be kept disinfected. Hand sanitisers should also be placed at prominent places around the workplace and regularly refilled.

Engage Professional Disinfection Services

Daily cleaning is great, but it is not enough to remove bacteria completely. Once every few months, the office needs to go through thorough disinfection. It is crucial for maintaining a hygienic and pleasant working environment. Deep cleaning curbs the spread of infections and takes care of clutter and dust.

How is deep cleaning or disinfection different from regular cleaning services? Deep cleaning leaves no stone unturned, seeing to it that all the nooks and crannies, surfaces and corners are cleaned and sanitised. It is a thorough cleaning procedure that is vital to keep the virus at bay in workplaces.

Professionals are usually brought in to conduct deep cleaning services as they are equipped with the experience to expertly get the job done. At Lifeline Cleaning, we provide disinfection services for premises of all sizes and scales in Singapore. The treatment is affordable, effective, and most importantly safe. We use the Ultra-low Volume (ULV) fogging machine that is designed to produce very small droplets, thus ensuring even coverage with low volumes. The ULV fogging machine relies on an auto dry process, meaning that surfaces do not require rinsing after.

Get in touch today to get a free quotation!

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