Featuring: John Richter, Miami Univ. of Ohio; Michael Pinto, Wonder Makers Environmental; Cliff Zlotnik, IDEAZ; and Eugene Cole, LRC Indoor Testing & Research
Cleaning Effectiveness Evaluation of High Fluid Flow Extraction Cleaning of Floors With Recycled Cleaning Solution | John Richter, Miami Univ. of Ohio
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether effective cleaning can be achieved when using recycled cleaning solutions--reusing cleaning solutions that have been used prior to extract soils. Historically, common cleaning methods such as string mop cleaning and window cleaning have reused cleaning solution, but little has been tested in terms of cleaning effectiveness and specifically, the question remains if using recycled cleaning solution for high flow fluid extraction produces effective cleaning results. This evaluation sets out to use multiple evaluation techniques such as ATP Measurements, pH and conductance levels of cleaning solutions, as well as gloss testing to evaluate the effectiveness of cleaning with recycled solutions. Field and experimental data in multiple environments and surfaces will be presented to thoroughly evaluate the cleaning effectiveness. The aim is to determine if cleaning with recycled solutions is feasible and also how many reuses can be achieved before cleaning effectiveness is reduced below accepted cleaning standards.
Can Mold on Carpet Be Properly Remediated While Still Following the Standard of Care? | Michael Pinto, Wonder Makers Environmental
“Watching Paint Dry” - Method for the Comparative Evaluation of Odor Barrier Properties of Sealers and Coatings Used in Restoration and Remediation | Cliff Zlotnik, IDEAZ
Eighty percent of walls and ceilings cleaned as the result of smoke and fire damage will also be painted as part of the remediation process. As an added measure to prevent the release of residual smoke odor and/or discoloration, a significant percentage of these heat- and smoke-damaged surfaces are coated with a “smoke sealer” as a primer prior to painting. The presentation suggests a "Method for the Comparative Evaluation of the Odor Barrier Properties of Coatings".
Cleaning and Disinfection in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Deadly Challenge | Eugene Cole, LRC Indoor Testing & Research
Due to the aging population of the United States, the proportion of people 65 or older is steadily increasing, currently comprising 15% of the total population. By 2030, the amount of those aged 85 years and older in the United States is predicted to double. It is alarming to note that while hospitals have strict cleaning and decontamination protocols they must follow in accordance with government mandates, most long-term care facilities (LTCFs) do not, despite the immunocompromised status of those they serve. Consequently, 1 to 3 million serious infections occur every year in those facilities, leading to as many as 380,000 infection-caused deaths in LTCFs annually. The major pathogens include Clostridium Difficile (C. diff), Vancomycin-
resistant Enterococci (VRE), Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Acinetobacter spp., and now the emerging fungal pathogen, Candida auris. The economic costs of such infections are already ranging from $673 million to $2 billion each year, with only increases projected. While there is an emphasis on hand hygiene, antimicrobial stewardship, and staff training and surveillance, there remains a scarcity of detailed information from credible research studies as to a consensus framework protocol for adequate routine and outbreak cleaning and disinfection of LTCFs. Thus the need for practical, cost-effective, and science-based approaches to cleaning and decontamination as a means of nosocomial pathogen transmission prevention and control in LTCFs has never been more important.