The pandemic has made everyone hyperaware of cleaning procedures and brought to light some lesser-known techniques – like cleaning with ultraviolet light.
For years, hospitals had been using the technique to sterilize operating rooms and equipment and minimize the spread of germs and viruses found in hospitals. But now, everyday spaces like schools, restaurants, and office buildings are also using UV sanitization to reduce the spread of COVID.
And it’s no wonder. According to the FDA, UV light “is a known disinfectant for air, water, and nonporous surfaces.” So, what does that mean, and how does UV sanitization protect against the coronavirus?
What is UV sanitization?
Ultraviolet light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that produces three types of UV rays – UVA, UVB, and UVC. With their high concentration of energy, UVC rays have the ability to destroy the molecular bonds that hold together the DNA of viruses and bacteria.
How does UV sanitization work?
UV sanitizers work by using direct UV light rays to destroy the outer protein coating of the virus, essentially negating its effectiveness. Sanitizers come in various forms and sizes, from sanitizing cases that disinfect cellular phones to commercial sanitizers that provide sanitization on an industrial scale. The effectiveness of UV sanitization depends on several factors, including exposure and technique. The SFM Janitorial team has done the research and will apply the right cleaning strategy for your building. Our highly trained staff is well-equipped to meet the demands of our health-focused clientele.