When Nashville thinks of Hydro-Pro, they usually recall large exterior cleaning projects like the Music City Center. Something that most don’t know is that we have specialized equipment, EPA approved cleaning agents, and training that allows us to clean, sanitize, and disinfect all outdoor surfaces and spaces.
While most janitorial company’s focus on the indoors, we specialize in exteriors. Clients typically request areas like doors, badge readers, keyed entry pads, parking garage entries, wheelchair access buttons, trash cans, ashtrays, tables, chairs, and most any areas where people congregate.
Some pressure washing companies claim to offer similar services by only using hot water. The majority offer up to 200 Degree water. Temperatures of 165 F – 250 F can kill some germs, but many Viruses can’t be eliminated, even with the most extreme heat. Although we can heat water to 380 degrees, we only do for particular tasks. When thinking of hot water, we must keep in mind that it has to be in contact with the surface for a minimum of 10 minutes. Some may be able to relate when thinking about camping and having to boil water before using it. A few seconds with 200 Degree water simply doesn’t offer Disinfecting like registered EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) products do.
Hot water does have its place. What most don’t understand is that a surface must first be clean before it can be sanitized or disinfected. If a surface has a layer of dirt and grime, even your best products won’t reach the surface. When using a Bleach based cleaner, if there is organic growth, such as algae or mold, this will immediately lessen its effects as it works to break down the organics. TRUE outdoor sanitizing and disinfecting is generally a 2-step process.
Most cases require using safer alternatives applied by hand. Whether it be a competitor or us, please be sure to request the products EPA registration number and an SDS (Safety Data Sheet). OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires both be on-hand at all times during use and storage.
These unprecedented times are, unfortunately, forcing many businesses to close and millions of Americans to stay home. While we are practicing social distancing, we’re still able to continue servicing Nashville and surrounding cities within Tennessee. For more information on the Coronavirus and Season Influenza, you can visit the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Please feel free to reach out, even if you are unsure of things and have some unanswered questions in regards to cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting.