As we deal with the ever-changing landscape, Garry Bateman, Head of Technical Services at Forbo Flooring Systems, provides some practical advice on how you can safely clean and sanitise floor coverings within domestic, commercial and healthcare environments; the significance of which has evolved tenfold since the coronavirus outbreak.
Sanitising COVID-19 from floor coverings
Following the government’s latest announcement, we could start to see places in England reopening in the next few months, as long as the scientific data confirms coronavirus cases do not begin to rise once again. Buildings need to be clean, secure and well maintained to ensure that they are safe for those who use them and this includes the need to regularly clean and sanitise floor coverings.
When cleaning floor coverings, consideration must be given to the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning chemical type to avoid any detrimental damage to the floor surface. The generic standard type of detergent recommended within the flooring industry is a pH neutral (7-8 pH) based cleaning agent. This strength of product will not affect the commonly used PU factory surface coatings of floor coverings. However, the use of higher or lower pH cleaning products may adversely affect the long-term performance and appearance of floor coverings.
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses. This means that they are RNA viruses that are surrounded by an outer coating comprised of a lipid bilayer (water-insoluble fatty coating). Enveloped viruses spread through a “budding off” process during which a new virus becomes wrapped in an outer coating. However, if this layer is dissolved, these viruses are relatively easy to kill – making the exposed virus more susceptible to disinfectants than non-enveloped viruses. The Coronavirus therefore falls into a category of viruses that are most susceptible to disinfectants.
The following guidance on cleaning Forbo’s floor coverings has been provided by its cleaning and maintenance partner, Wrennalls Group Limited:
"Appropriate, combined cleaning and disinfection strategies are recommended to help control the spread of dangerous pathogens, such as the 2019-nCOV. M2 Ultra demonstrates “virucidal activity against enveloped viruses”. M2 Ultra, a neutral cleaning and sanitising solution can be used to both clean and sanitise a wide range of carpets, textiles, floors and surfaces within domestic, commercial and health care environments."
M2 Ultra has been independently tested and fully approved to meet the BS EN 1276 standard for the bactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants as proof of effective infection control against harmful micro-organisms such as MRSA, Salmonella, E. Coli, Flu Virus (H1N1) and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.
Furthermore, M2 Ultra has also been independently tested and fully approved to meet the BS EN 13704 and BS EN 1327 standards. M2 Ultra is available in both a 5 Ltr concentrate and a 1 Ltr (1:10 Dilution ready to use sanitising spray) direct from www.m2care.co.uk