How effective is antiviral fogging in fighting viruses and bacteria?


The COVID pandemic has changed the world in the last year, with different kinds of new health and hygiene measures being implemented to protect against the virus. Masks, alcohol gel, social distance rules. All of these steps help to prevent the spread of the virus, however, they are not enough.

Scientific data shows that the new coronavirus can stay on surfaces for up to 72 hours, meaning that disinfecting surfaces frequently touched in a house or an office – such as desks, door handles and taps – is also fundamental to control the spread of the virus.

It’s also important to consider the method and products that are going to be used in the cleaning process since ordinary cleaning products leave no effective residual protection and won’t prevent a re-infection after the surface has been cleaned. Fortunately, antiviral fogging is a safe and effective solution to disinfect surfaces and provide that extra peace of mind in this time of uncertainty.


What’s fogging?


Fogging is a technique that is carried out by using a fogging machine, or fogger, to spray chemicals in the room, creating what looks like fog, as the name suggests. The foggers work by turning the chemicals into micro droplets, which then float in the air for around 30 minutes after their application. These droplets cover surfaces in the same way that viruses would, creating a virtual film of protection once the product is dry. This makes it possible to disinfect both soft and hard areas in a room, especially those that are hard to reach.


How effective is antiviral fogging?


The effectiveness of fogging is due to a combination of both the chemicals and the technique used, which offer on-going residual protection. The chemicals used in the process of fogging form a bond with the surface and create a durable anti-microbial protective layer that kills viruses and bacteria that has contact with the surface.

Our fogging process is carried out by our team of experts using a solution called Bio-clean which has been tested by independent labs and has been proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria and pathogens, including COVID-19 strains. Due to the high efficiency of the technique, we’ve had the honour to work on many premises, including Buckingham Palace.


Certificate of sanitisation using Bio-clean and fogging technique at Buckingham Palace


Is antiviral fogging safe and how long does it last?


As well as being a highly effective technique, it is also safe to be used in different spaces. This is because the product used in the fogging is a water-based anti-microbial with no residual risk. It’s non-corrosive, odourless and harmless to the environment. As well as coronavirus, it’s also effective protection against H1N1.

According to manufacturers, this protection can last up to 28 days, however, at Cleanwise we recommend applying the method every two weeks for areas that are used more frequently.

If you would like to know more about fogging or want to get a quote, get in touch with our team by visiting our contact page.


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