"There are lives at risk, businesses that could be subject to liability, and a vulnerable population who needs accurate information" concerning proper cleaning techniques to protect against the spread of COVID-19, says Cory Chalmers, CEO of SteriClean, Inc., who is a featured cleaner/host on A&E's "Hoarders."
"Simply spraying disinfectants on countertops, door handles, and other commonly touched surfaces is not enough to sufficiently rid the space of contagions," he cautions. "Surfaces must first be cleaned with soap and water, or another alcohol- or bleach-based product to remove 'biofilms,' the cellular material left behind by human touch that blocks the disinfectant from effectively reaching and penetrating the virus."
To confirm a surface is cleaned properly, "ATP monitors should be utilized to test surfaces for cellular activity. Clean test results with minimal ATP ensures the surfaces have been cleaned enough to allow the disinfectant to penetrate any present viruses.
"ATP monitors test for Adenosine Triphosphate, which is stored energy found in all cells. While viruses do not contain cells, the removal of biofilms and cellular...