How do you disinfect surfaces (houses or workplace) for the Coronavirus disease?

07-May-2020

It is important to know that cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes: Cleaning is when you physically remove germs, organic matter and dirt from surfaces.

How to disinfect to kill the CoronavirusDisinfecting is when you use chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. You must clean surfaces before disinfecting however, because dirt and organic matter can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs. It is important to highlight that sanitising does not make anti-viral claims (sanitising offers no absolute assurance of killing the flu or other viruses like Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is commonly found on surfaces.


Cleaning and then effective application of disinfectant - in combination, will be most effective in removing the COVID-19 virus.

Cleaning surfaces first reduces the soil load to allow disinfectants to work effectively and kill the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). This is why we recommend you thoroughly clean surfaces with detergent before Coast to Coast Pest Control conduct a Disinfection Service and spray all services with our specialist COVID-19 Disinfectant via a low volume, broad spectrum Mister that can target all surfaces (including air-vents).

How long does it take to disinfect my home or workplace?

To disinfect a workplace or house does not take very long. In fact, you will be able to re-enter the building not long after we are complete. The spaces will be safe and disinfected from the COVID-19 virus and other bacteria while also you can feel rest-assured that our high-grade disinfectant is non-toxic, and the ingredients will degrade naturally. This is great news for businesses that want to minimise downtime. The size of your building will depending on time required for our specialised Safeguard Disinfection Service or our Infection Control Treatment (we use this when a COVID-19 case has been identified within your building to disinfect the building and minimise the risk of cross-contamination of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Why it is best NOT to disinfect a building yourself, if someone with COVID-19 has been in your workplace or house?

If you are disinfecting a contaminated space, you must be equipped with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This includes safety eyewear, disposable appropriate protective gloves and the appropriate industrial-grade face respirator mask along with disposable clothing protection (apron, overalls etc). This is to protect yourself against chemical splashes, breathing in any contaminates etc. 

How long does COVID-19 last on surfaces?

The World Health Organization states that it is not certain how long the Coronavirus (specifically, COVID-19) survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other Coronaviruses. Studies suggest that Coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

Ref. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/frequently-asked-questions.aspx#1-4

If you think a surface in your home or workplace may be infected or you simply want to safeguard against any possibility, clean your surfaces with a detergent and then contact us to conduct a disinfection service to protect your family, friends, colleagues and everyone.